Kilamanjaro Safaris Photo Tour
Photos by Brian Bennett
I've never been that fascinated with Africa or the natural preserves on that continent until I visited Kilamanjaro Safaris. I am a proud creationist, and after enjoying the safari on each of our trips since this park opened, I am even more amazed at the wonders that I believe were created by God. Whatever your opinion, I'm sure we can agree that a visit to Kilamanjaro Safaris will give you a stronger appreciation for nature and the creatures that populate much of Eastern and central Africa.
Here is a photo tour from my most recent visit to Disney's Animal Kingdom. I won't comment too much, but will add a little dialog where it makes sense.
Here are a couple of pictures of the vehicle loading area.
Note the small step-up into the truck.
The safari vehicles have animal ID cards mounted above, to help everyone figure out which animals are which. I've never used them much, because the safari guide generally keeps up a pretty good running commentary on what's out there during the trek.
Here are some hippos -- but real ones, not like on Jungle Cruise...
...and some African Crocodiles.
This is an upside down tree, which grows with little foliage to save water during the heat of the summer.
First view of the savanna is always a fun one...the anticipation of seeing some of herd animals starts to build...
Here's another view of the savanna. I don't know why I'm including this picture. Consider it a freebee.
This is a small group of wildebeasts, Mufasa's nemeses. These creatures look about as dumb as they acted during the stampede in The Lion King.
This is a small group of Thompson's Gazelles lounging in the shade...
...and a Giraffe (I can identify the easy ones) munching on some leaves in the upper reaches of a tree.
Here's another small animal called okapi. You'll see a lot of the gazelles and okapi on the savanna.
A group of baboons hang out on the rocks.
Both black and white rhinos are visible during the safari. The white ones are visible here on the savanna. The black rhinos show up much earlier in the safari near the hippo pool.
Many of the savanna's residents spend a great deal of time around the watering hole. This is a common place for finding the white rhinos, gazelles, giraffes...
And here's our first view of the African elephants.
...and of the female lion.
At the end of every Kilamanjaro Safari, the group of tourists always manages to help catch some poachers.
Today was no exception.
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