Giraffe at Kilimanjaro Safari
  • On Mar 28, 2019
    Sheri from mi Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Is there anywhere in Animal Kingdom that you can get up close and personal with giraffes?

    Hi, Sheri! Several yEARs ago, we stayed in a Savanna View room at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, and one evening we saw three giraffes laying down in the grass just off our balcony. It was the highlight of our trip! A Cast Member at the resort told us that giraffes sleep less than two hours a day- I guess they don't need the extra rest like we do after a day in the Parks! Even if you're not staying at the resort, stop by the Uzima Overlook past the pool right around sunset for a chance to look at the animals through some Night Vision Goggles.

    At Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, your best chance to see giraffes is on the Kilimanjaro Safaris which is set on the Harambe Wildlife Reserve. While you won't get to pet the giraffes, sometimes they will come close to the vehicle. Keep a lookout for Jabari (meaning "brave one") who was born in January. Some lucky Guests got to witness his live birth while riding on this attraction!

    If you're up for a splurge-worthy experience, consider booking the three hour Wild Africa Trek during your trip. During this VIP experience, the guides can pull the truck off the road for substantial periods of time when animals are spotted, allowing Guests to get some excellent photo opportunities with the animals.

    Sheri, one thing you'll need for your giraffe selfie is a pair of Minnie Bow Giraffe Print Ears (you can get them at multiple places on property, including Island Mercantile)!

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Hi, I'm Eean from Pennsylvania!  I may have an unusual name, but my passion for Disney is not unique.  It’s amazing how many people you can find who love talking about, "The Most Magical Place On Earth!"  I'm that mom who always has her ears perked at PTO meetings, in the grocery store aisle, or at middle school basketball games waiting for an opportunity to give someone a planning tip to help make their vacation even more magical.


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