When in Animal Kingdom, this is one ride you must go on. I enjoyed Expedition Everest too but that is one hell of a roller coaster ride and you need to have a good heart to go on it. The way I heard it from the staff there was that even he was only able to go once and not anymore. It scared him and gave him nightmares thereafter. After having tried it, I must concur with him. No, I didn't get a nightmare but my heart was pumping like crazy when I was up there & it was the first time on these rides that I wished there and then it was the last one and would end quickly! The back-slide was the worst of it. That must be because it was against gravity so much so that not long after that ride I took, a man died on it (Dec. 18, 2007)! Yes, if you didn't know already, a man died on Expedition Everest ride in Animal Kingdom. Once is all that I need on Expedition Everest!
The Kilimanjaro Safaris is another matter altogether. It is a very pleasant leisure ride among the animals where you'd get to spot animals like giraffes, zebras, antelopes, gazelles, hippos, lions, cheetahs, etc... depending on your luck, you may see more than others. Get your camera ready though, they appear out of nowhere!
The natural terrain that Simba 1 (the train that you go on) venture into is about 800 sq miles (2100 sq. km) of wetlands, forests and open bush country. It's been said that the entire Magic Kingdom park can fit inside of this single attraction! Huge, isn't it? The animals are separated among different eco-systems and there are chain road sensors that bars & separate the animals from venturing out of their allocated terrains.
I like the Kilimanjaro Safaris as I was very much obsessed with the idea of going to Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Having been to Mt. Everest (not technically but airborne I was on a flight circling it) in Sep. 2007, my next target is Kilimanjaro. Hence, when I was at the Animal Kingdom in Nov. 2007, this comes as a pleasant surprise to me. Ok, it might not be the real Kilimanjaro but it certainly brought me a step closer, yes?!
Anyhow, it is not the real Kilimanjaro although the T-shirt I bought from Animal Kingdom did have those who had been to Kilimanjaro itself fooled, LOL... Yep, I met this lady in Mongolia a year later and I was wearing my Kilimanjaro T-shirt & she actually asked me if I did trek to Kilimanjaro! Oh well, that's cheap thrill but it's still thrilling ;-)
Corporate Description: Kilimanjaro Safaris, an attraction for Guests of all ages, provides the chance to see African animals including giraffes, black rhinos and lions, as they roam the 100-acre savannah in the Africa area of Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park.The Kilimanjaro Safaris tour begins in the Harambe Wildlife Reserve, across the river from Discovery Island. Climb aboard a rugged open-sided safari vehicle for an exciting expedition through the wildlife preserve. The ride can be a bit bumpy as it crosses rickety bridges, rocky hills and rivers—but you're rewarded with spectacular animal sightings.Since animals have minds of their own, no two Kilimanjaro Safari experiences are the same. You may even catch a glimpse of one of the many baby animals that were recently born at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park.Perhaps you'll see one of these species:AntelopeBaboonBlack rhinoCheetahCrocodileElephantFlamingoGazelleGiraffeHippopotamusLionOkapisOstrichWarthogWhite rhinoWildebeestZebraThe attraction concludes when your tour guide receives word that poachers have taken a baby elephant from its mother. Your truck takes off on a chase to help save the infant animal from harm.You never know what amazing animals you'll see on Kilimanjaro Safaris. Keep your eyes open and your camera ready! (Source:http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/anima...ns/kilimanjaro-safaris/)