Tag Archives: Africa

Details in the Story of the Animal Kingdom’s Harambe Village

A couple of months ago we focused on the fictional village of Harambe which sets the scene for the Africa section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. If you missed that post, take a minute to click on the link to read up on the history of the area. As you remember, the village was able to declare its own freedom in 1961. If you look closely in Africa you will spot items that celebrate this important date in the village’s history.

Carved into one of the building structures in Africa

According to the story of Harambe, it once was surrounded by a fortress and all that remains are the footprints of the old walls on the pavement. These can be spotted all around the perimeter of Harambe.

Old Wall Remains

If you look around throughout Africa you might come across the word “Uhuru” which is Swahili for “freedom”. Again, this is in honor of the year that Harambe was able to give the people the right of being decision-makers for the village.

Bench in Harambe Marking the Freedom of 1961

Be sure to take time to explore Harambe when you visit again. There is so much detail for you to spot, if you know what you’re looking for.

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People of Harambe

Harambe, the fictional African village in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, is not just about the safari or the animals, it’s about the people as well. When walking through the town be on the lookout; there’s always someone out representing the culture of the area, whether it be in live music or arts and crafts. Visitors to the area can take part in these special moments by joining in with the music or watching the craftsman work and asking questions about the work and pieces. These are very talented people and I’m sure they have stories to tell!

Join in, clap along, and dance!

Look for his pieces to purchase outside the shop.

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Where in the World? #13

Now that we’re back and back to normal, let’s play! Where in the World do you find this?

Where in the World is this?

Today’s photo came from inside Harambe Village in the Africa section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Harambe Village, Africa - Disney's Animal Kingdom

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Disney Babies in the Animal Kingdom

Over the past few months there have been some new additions to the families inside the Animal Kingdom. The elephant family and the gorilla family have welcomed sweet babies into their world and now visitors can enjoy watching the miracle of an animal family in person.

Riders on the Kilimanjaro Safari are able to catch a glimpse of what I am assuming is Luna, the elephant calf born in May, with her mother Donna. Luna is now around 2 months old. Luna was the latest calf born into the herd since 2008 so I would think that the baby we’re seeing now is her.

Elephant Calf on Safari

Happy Family

Walkers through the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail will be able to see Lily, the little girl gorilla born at the end of February. Mother Kashata and baby Lily are very much on the move now and it is amazing to watch their interactions together.

Along For the Ride

Doing What Babies Do

Up Close

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Take a Tour of Africa’s Harambe Village

When Imagineers were designing their newest park a little over 10 years ago they traveled far and wide for research and even brought craftsman from Africa to help build an authentic African village in the Animal Kingdom Park.

According to Disney history, Harambe was once part of a Dutch colony but became its own colony with its own government in 1961. Harambe is home to the wildlife reserve we visited last Thursday. The village is a place for tourists to learn more about animals in their natural environment and there are guides all along the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail to answer questions and offer information about the various animals. Don’t rush through Harambe; take time to soak in the detail on the buildings such as the signage (which pays honor to the Imagineers) and thatched roof huts, grab a pastry from Kusafiri or some fruit from the Harambe Fruit Market, and enjoy your visit to Africa.

Detail on the Buildings in Harambe

Kusafiri Bakery Building

Signage Found All Throughout the Village

Detail in the Construction of Buildings

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Kilimanjaro ‘Photo’ Safari

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a special place for animal lovers. Guests can get up close and personal with the magnificent creatures that call this park home. In Africa guests are given the opportunity to see what it would be like to go on an actual safari. Today we will take a photo safari of this attraction, the Kilimanjaro Safari.

Entering the Harambe Wildlife Reserve for the Safari

One of the First Animals We Encountered

They Watch You Just Like You're Watching Them!

Sleeping Beauty

The Giraffes Get Up Close and Personal

One of Two Opportunities to See the Elephants

Another Fellow Keeping Watch

These are just a sample of the many animals you can see on the Kilimanjaro Safari. My suggestion is to ride more than once in the mornings to get the most out of the attraction. Other animals that you might spot include the lion, watusi cattle, white rhino, and more. So pack up and head on out for that two week safari!

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Highlight of the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail

The Pangani Forest Exploration Trail in Disney’s Animal Kingdom was originally called the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail but the name was changed in August 1998. It is about three-eighths of a mile in length and is filled with a variety of creatures including Colobus Monkeys, Meerkats, Hippos, and there is also an aviary filled with beautiful breeds of birds.

However, in my opinion, the main attraction of the trail is the Lowland Gorilla. Visitors on the trail first see the family group of gorillas behind a large, glass wall. The family group includes one male, who has the appearance of a silver back, and three females.  You will usually see the male resting in the shade against the glass.

There can only be one dominant male in the family group, therefore the younger males must go and live either alone or in small groups.  On the Pangani Trail, the family group is separated from the male group by a stream and a bridge walkway for guests.  It is always amazing to stand and watch these magnificent creatures and their habits.  There is almost always a “research student” Cast Member ready to answer any questions you may have while there.

Male Lowland Gorilla - Animal Kingdom, April 2010