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WELCOME TO AFRICA!
In AFRICA you will discover a CHARACTER GREETING, KILIMANJARO SAFARIS and PANGANI FOREST EXPLORATION TRAIL.
The entrance to Africa is Harambe Village. This is a bustling market place with exotic smells and incredible authenticity wherever you look. If Disney couldn’t create it, it was imported.
After going through these massive wooden gate doors, stop at the top of the bridge and you may see a boat with Mickey.......
........and his friends waving back at you!
Check out the authenticity of the buildings and the mildew on the buildings and they look they may crumble at any minute.
FUN FACT: Disney employed 13 Zulu thatcher’s from South Africa just to thatch Harambe’s roofs.
Listen to the authentic music by these artistic musicians.
Harambe is where you will find the biggest and most ambitious ride ever created by Disney’s imagineers, Kilimanjaro Safari.
This amazing 2 mile Safari Ride is where you can see hundreds of wild animals roaming freewhile you travel in an open-air safari vehicle. The roads are bad, sometimes flooded but lots of fun.
The drivers are extremely knowledgeable on every animal that you see.
Fun Fact: None of these 41 vehicles are on a track.
You will see many amazing animals from rhino's to........
....herds of Zebra and .....
...giraffe's roaming free just like in the wild. It's beautiful.
There are over 250 animal species and 110 acres. This single attraction is bigger than the entire Magic Kingdom Park!
At the end of the safari you will be able to see the "King of the Jungle" as he is relaxing on hisheated rock.
PANGANI FOREST EXPLORATION TRAIL is a walking tour where you are able to view and learn about all kinds of animals.
Bonnie and I are having so much fun, even though we are in a cage!
When first looking at the OKAPI you are not sure what you are seeing is real. This beautiful animal is the only living relative of the giraffe.
Watch these huge HIPPO'S in their underwater viewing area gracefully move through the water.
Check out the MEERKAT'S antics as they jump in and out of their burrows and the one that is always keeping watch for everyone's safety. The one on top of the rock is the cutest.
Finally, you come to the most watched animal habitat on the trail. The Magnificent lowland Silver Back Gorilla's.
This beautiful leader commands respect.
There is alot of information that you can learn from. Here, we learn, Stephen is no "Ape"!
Fun Fact: Lowland gorillas are vegetarians, non-violent and 98% of their DNA is identical to human DNA.
Please don't forget the sunscreen and a hat. Even though it has alot of lush trees you can stillget burned.
Have Fun in this AMAZING PARK where you can climb on the dinosaurs like me and Bonnie!
New Baby Elephant arrives at Animal Kingdom
(posted on May 21st, 2010 by Jackie Odgen, Vice President of Animal Programs and Environmental Initiatives, Disney Parks)
UPDATE – May 24: Disney’s Animal Programs has landed on Luna as the name for the baby elephant born late last Thursday. With Latin roots, Luna means moon in multiple languages. Disney’s animal care team wanted a name that best suited the female calf’s shining personality as the brightest light among the herd. Weighing 288 pounds at birth, Luna is the fifth elephant born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. She joins the herd of thirteen, which now includes five males and eight females.
Luna’s mother Donna is reportedly doing well after gaining more than 400 pounds during the 22-month gestation. Animal experts describe her as a model mother, taking excellent care of her newborn calf. Mother and child remain backstage while the calf becomes acclimated to other herd mates.
Elephant fun fact: An elephant calf learns how and what to eat by watching the older elephants.
DINING IN AFRICA
You can walk up to the Dawa Bar and order specialty drinks and cocktails.
Here at the Tusker House Restaurant you will enjoy carved meats, salads and desserts, all with the orginality of Africa. You can, also, enjoy a breakfast with Donald!(picture by allears)
Here at the Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery you can choose from different yummy treats!
Harambe Fruit Market you can choose from some refreashing fruit.
At Tamu Tamu Refreshments you can get burgers, sandwiches and shakes. (picture by wdwinfo)
Next stop is Rafiki's Planet Watch!
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