Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Feb 1, 2011
    Heidi from KY Asked

    When is the latest time to go on the Wild Africa Trek? We have three young children who would need to go to childcare while my husband and I go on the Trek?

    Jambo! Hello!

    The Wild Africa Trek tours depart from Harambe daily at 8:00, 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. Afternoon tours are at 12:00, 1:00 and 2:00 p.m.

    After watching the ribbon cutting ceremony, I went on the first official Trek. Twende! Let's Go!

    It was a chilly morning and we were given hot chocolate before proceeding on our adventure. In Disney-style, our guides stayed in character following a script but also engaging in conversation with the trekkers. One guide was devoted to taking souvenir photographs which would be placed on a PhotoPass CD. Each family was given a code to later retrieve their photos.

    From suiting up in our gear to crossing rope bridges over alligators, I found the entire experience exhilarating. After hiking through the backstage forest, viewing hippos and riding through the savanna on a private truck, guests are treated to Jambo Juice and snacks at the Boma. This private viewing area looks like a safari camp, yet it has modern restrooms. There are also binoculars for viewing the animals.

    Unless your resort has its own childcare facility, I recommend making a reservation at Simba's Cubhouse at the Animal Kingdom Lodge due to its close proximity to the Animal Kingdom park. You'll need to check-in to the Wild Africa Trek at least 15-20 minutes prior to your tour. Use the restrooms before you depart Harambe, it'll be about two hours before you reach the Boma. You must wear closed-toe footwear.

    Enjoy your exploration!
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I am a stay-at-home mom with a 12 year old son. I thrive on planning vacations, especially to WDW. Inspiring families to vacation at Disney with a memorable itinerary and budget-saving tips is extremely rewarding for me. Learn More About Kimberly

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