Family With Medals
  • On Jan 20, 2011
    Rodney from AR Asked

    How physically demanding is the new safari trek at AK? Any restrictions to participating? We are an older couple not in the best of shape but with no major physical limitations and want to do this but probably can't keep up with 20 and 30 year olds.

    Hi Rodney! I was just on the Wild Africa Trek before it opened to the public and am happy to tell you all about it! While a requirement of the trek is being ambulatory, there are special considerations that can be given to those requiring additional assistance. If you are able to climb up and down stairs - one steep set like a wide ladder, and go up and down small hills, you should be great!

    The trek is kept small, only 12 guests and you are given an ear piece to hear the guide during the bush walk portion. So in the off chance that you are a few steps behind, you won't miss any of the information. The trek is slow-paced. I am by no means at the peak of physical fitness and I never felt rushed or even out of breath.

    On the parts of the tour where you traverse two "rope bridges" - the entire bridge is wrapped in netting and you are harnessed in to a strong cable - you will have to step from board to board and there are some gaps in some spaces. I am only 5'2" with obviously short legs and was able to get across just fine.

    The harness vest is a little heavy and does weigh you down a bit as you walk; just something I noticed and wanted to pass along to you. The last hour of the trek is actually aboard your own private open-air safari vehicle, where you are able to take the harness vest off and relax. You are then treated to a lovely African-themed breakfast or lunch as you gaze across the expanse of the savanna before you. It is truly breathtaking and worth every penny of the price.

    You can book your trek by calling (407) WDW-TOUR or (407) 939-8687 and let them know if you have any special requirements or dietary needs on the tour.

    I hope this answers your questions, if you have any other concerns or questions, please feel free to ask me! I'm confident that you will enjoy every step of this amazing journey!

    ~Suzannah
thumbnail image for Suzannah

Meet the Panelist: Suzannah, Florida

I'm Suzannah, a former cast member, former travel agent & lifelong Disney fan! Now a mom of 3, I'm ready to help you plan your Walt Disney World Vacation. As a Florida resident I'm always visiting the Parks & Resorts to see new things! Learn More About Suzannah

Didn't find what you were looking for?

To submit your question, please sign in now if you have not already done so.

Ask a QuestionOpens the Ask a Question dialog box.
x

Update Browser

For a better experience browsing this website, please download an updated version of Internet Explorer.


Or you can continue browsing without updating.