Friday, February 17, 2012

On Safari in Harambe Part #1 ~ Kilimanjaro Safaris

This was one very close, and incredible,
 encounter on the
Harambe Reserve!
In last month's series, In Pursuit of Pirates, we shared pirate inspired memories, photo tips, scrapbook tips and three different versions of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction that can be found in the Disney parks around the world.  We are kicking off our new series for this month ~ On Safari in Harambe and taking you to Disney's Animal Kingdom.  I am kicking off the series by sharing how Kilimanjaro Safaris became one of my favorite Disney attractions with just one close encounter with a giraffe.  Over the next two weeks, you will see more posts of how to photograph the animals along the safari, as well as ideas on how to preserve your Kilimanjaro Safaris photos and memories.

Kilimanjaro Safaris is at the top of my favorite attractions list in Walt Disney World.  I look forward to this attraction every year because I never know what we will see and the experience is different every time.  The close encounters we have had in the past keep me wanting more, especially my desire to one day spot the lion  . . . his entire body moving around, not just his ear sticking up from where he is taking his nap.  But of course, the lions are not the only animals along this safari adventure.


My absolute favorite part of the safari is the savanna where you have the chance see the antelopes, ostriches and giraffes (to name a few).  One year we were lucky enough to have to stop our jeep for a giraffe.  It was so close to us that we could have literally reached out and touched it (ok, maybe even with a big stretch out of the jeep we couldn't, but it was really close)!  This was the moment that Kilimanjaro Safaris became one of my favorite attractions in all of Walt Disney World.  I had never experienced anything like this before, and even now it is hard to explain just what it felt like being so close to this incredible creature. It was amazing!  In this moment, just observing at such a close proximity is an experience in itself.  I now hope to have a similar experience every time we take a trip through the Harambe Reserve.  

Finally, I captured a shot of the lion
that includes more than just his mane!
There is one thing that I have yet to experience that I look forward to every trip.  I have never seen the lion doing anything except napping.  This means most of my photos of him are of part of his mane or I miss him completely and have a nice photo of the rock he is sleeping on.  This past trip I finally saw his eye, though of course, it was closed.  But for me, that is progress and exciting!  It keeps me hoping that the next trip could be the one that I finally capture an action shot of the lion!

What animals do you look forward to spotting the most while experiencing Kilimanjaro Safaris?

Do you love observing Disney wildlife?  If so, head over to Focused on the Magic's Wordless Wednesday Blog, which had the theme Disney Wildlife.  There were some amazing photos shared!






Next Monday, Mary from Capturing Magical Memories will be sharing Part #2 of our series with her best tips for preserving your Kilimanjaro Safaris photos and memories.

13 comments:

Mark fendrick said...

Kilamanjaro Safaris may be my favority WDW attraction - after the HM of course. On one of our very first trips through, a White Rhino made our truck stop for a few moments as it was in the road in front, and then walked right alongside the vehicle. My nearly 7 foot college roommate WOULD have been able to reach out and touch it! http://imagegatherer.wordpress.com/2011/09/05/disneys-animal-kingdom-kilamanjaro-safari/

JenniferLissak said...

I love the Safari - it's one of the reasons AK is my husbands fave park!  I finally got to see the lion awake and walking.. but we barely saw the elephants last time.. and we had an amazing giraffe encounter! Such a great trip every time!

Sara Mickens said...

I just did a post on the safari and how much I love it too.  How funny?!  Lovely pictures and love the safari...it never gets old.

Beth D. said...

Great shots, Mark!  Thank you for sharing!  I just love when we can get a close up with the animals.  

Beth D. said...

In all our trips, the lion is always sleeping.  I am holding out hope to one day see him roaming around!

Beth D. said...

There must be something about the safari these days because it is on so many people's minds and blogs!  Have you had an opportunity to see the lion moving around? Feel free to leave a link to your post - I would love to read it!

Capturing Magical Memories said...

I also love #Disney Kilimanjaro Safari and always look forward to the unexpected.

Crystal & Bryan said...

We had the BEST safari on our last visit - it was a rainy morning at the Animal Kingdom, and all of the animals were out on the safari.  All of the elephants, even the babies, were at the watering hole!

DebSays said...

Great series Beth! I love #Disney Kilimanjaro Safari! I could ride it over and over all day. Each experience is so unique!

Beth D. said...

Me too!  I think if I ever took a solo trip, I would honestly attempt that.  I would love to do the Wild Africa Trek!  

Beth D. said...

That is so great!  The two babies were out when we were there, but both facing backwards, not a great shot!  It is so fun to watch them though.  One year there was a baby giraffe running around.  It is so amazing to see them interacting with the each other!

Beth D. said...

I completely agree!  We have had some amazing moments, which keep me going back for more!

MouseFanDiane said...

I agree Beth, It is one of the most exciting things to do at Disney. I love the Giraffe pic that was close, I dont  think we have ever got that close.. I look forward to seeing the elephants and any babies that may be around..