A giant Imagineered baobab tree is the starting point for this adventure into the upcountry. Although re-creating an African safari in the United States isn't a new idea, this safari takes great pains to create an authentic environment, allowing you to observe rhinos, hippos, antelopes, wildebeests, giraffes, zebras, cheetahs, elephants, lions, and the like. There are illustrated game-spotting guides above the seats in the open-air safari vehicles, and as you lurch and bump over some 110 acres of savanna, forest, rivers, and rocky hills, you'll see most of the Harambe Reserve's 34 species of animals—sometimes so close you feel that you could reach out and touch them. It's easy to suspend disbelief here because the landscape and habitats are so effectively modeled and replenished by Disney horticulturists. Keep an eye out for animal babies here and on the post-safari Pangani Forest Exploration Trail; the park's breeding programs have been extremely successful, with new additions including
elephants, rhinos, okapi, giraffes, and several gorillas.
Parents should hang on tightly to their small tykes. The ride is very bumpy and should be avoided by expectant guests or those with heart, back, or neck problems. For people with disabilities: Wheelchair accessible, but ECV users must transfer to standard wheelchairs. Equipped for assisted-listening and video-captioning devices. Guests with service animals should check with a host for boarding information. During the hottest months, come first thing in the morning when animals are most active, using FastPass+ if necessary. Otherwise come at day's end when it cools down a bit. For best photo ops, ask to be seated in the very last row of seats (you may have to wait for the next vehicle) where you can pivot for an unobstructed view of the animals you just passed.