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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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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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Harambe Village

The fictional village of Harambe is the setting for the Animal Kingdom’s Africa and while the village may be fictional in its name, the detail depicted is not.  Everywhere you look you get the feel of really being there which is something Disney does best!

Harambe Village - Animal Kingdom, April 2010