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The Wanyama Safari

Discussion in 'WDW Trip Reports' started by ZapperZ, May 22, 2013.

  1. ZapperZ

    ZapperZ Well-Known Member

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    Rather than post a trip report for the entire trip, I thought I would just report on the Wanyama Safari that we took during this past April/May trip.

    The safari started at 4:00, but we were told to register starting at 3:30 at Jiko. Turns out, it was nice showing up early because they set up a table where we were served tea (Rooibos tea) and finger food while we sat and got acquainted with other participants of the safari.
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    This is a photo for all of us who went on that safari. It was a fun group of people and we enjoyed chatting with each other, both during the safari and throughout dinner later that evening.
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    At 4:00 pm, we were given a briefing about the safari and escorted to our safari vehicle, shown here.
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    Of course, we had one of the animal keepers on board with us, giving us very detailed description of the safari, the animals, and the running and taking care of them at the AKL safari areas.
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    Here we are about to get to the backstage area of the safari. There are several gates one has to go through. Since these animals are not native to the area, there had to be double fences (at least) to make sure there's no possibility that they will escape the area. So there were times throughout the safari where we had to go through 2 different gates.
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    Here we got to see some of the animals that are being cared for in the backstage area of animal care.
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    Still traveling to the entrance to the first safari area. Here you can see the double fence where on the right side of the right fence is the actual safari area. If one looks to the right, one will see (as shown in the photo), the villas at Kidani Village.
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    Here we are finally, about to enter the first safari area by Kidani Village.
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    As soon as that gate was opened, there is another gate we have to go through. But notice that we also have to get pass this feathery guard watching over us.
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    ZapperZ Well-Known Member

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    Once we were in, we immediately saw several giraffes hanging around by the fence.
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    The next few photos are all the of the safari areas at several locations all over Kidani Village.
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    There were lots and lots of animals to see. And yes, this was the same ostrich that greeted us earlier. It was shadowing our vehicle ever since we got in.
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    You'll see some photos where we got real close to a few of the animals. This was quite a treat to everyone on the vehicle. We stopped for several minutes at various places, and near the animals, so that we got a good look at them and get to ask questions.
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    This is the set of gates to get us to the Jambo House side of the savannah. If you look carefully just above the fence, you'll see a head sticking up, checking on us. It was very cute!
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    Yup! There he is! This was our welcoming party of one!
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    The next set of photos are the safari at Jambo House.
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    Hello Mr. Giraffe!
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    ZapperZ Well-Known Member

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    This is actually the wing where our room as located. We are right up on the top floor, facing this part of the savannah. The animals you see below were what we often see when we look out from our room.
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    The view from the open truck.
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    Soon it was time to leave the safari. The 90 minutes went by so fast!
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    We were escorted back to Jiko for our 4-course dinner. Donald was very excited when he looked at the menu.
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    Jiko, of course, is one of my most favorite places to eat in all of WDW. The decor is just amazing, especially this depiction of migrating birds in the restaurant.
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    This was our menu. Each course was accompanied by a wine or cocktail service.
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    Our first course was the flat bread service, accompanied by several dipping sauces. All delicious!
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    Our second course were various rolls and appetizers. Donald thoroughly approved of it.
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    The third course was the main entree. As you can see, there were plenty of food. We had beef (filet mignon), chicken, and fish.
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    The beef was excellent, served with asparagus and au jus.
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    The chef preparing the meal came at the beginning of every course served.
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    Donald had a great time nibbling on my plate while I ate. He didn't touch the chicken, though.
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    But he did sampled all the dessert!
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    At the end of the meal, we were each given a goodie bag.
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    And this is the content of the bag.
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    It was a very enjoyable safari. There were a lot to see, a lot of fabulous food to eat, and the company was excellent. I would definitely consider doing it again next time we stay at AKL.

    Zz.
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    Your safari looked great. Thanks for sharing.:D Loved all the pictures.
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    Thanks for the report. Do you have to stay at AKL to go on the safari or is it open to anyone?
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    derelicte19 Well-Known Member

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    Wow, that looks like such a great time!! I'd love to be able to get that close to the animals :) Thanks for sharing!
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    Great report - thanks for posting. :)
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    ZapperZ Well-Known Member

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    The Wanyama Safari is open only to AKL guests (both Kidani and Jambo House). It is certainly a worthwhile experience, especially when you have the perfect weather that we had for our safari.

    Zz.
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    What a wonderful experience!
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    Pooh'sBuddy Well-Known Member

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    How absolutely cool. Thanks so much for sharing! I love the African Proverb.
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    What an awesome experience!!
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    ZapperZ Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, everyone.

    Here's a video of the safari that I just uploaded this morning to YouTube.



    Enjoy!

    Zz.
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    Awesome video! Thanks for sharing...
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    Looks like a great experience!! Also looks like it was worth while to do. :)
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    ZapperZ Well-Known Member

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    Another video from this last trip where we did the Wanyama Safari.



    Zz.
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    ZapperZ Well-Known Member

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    Sticking with the savannah/safari theme, this was the view from our room of the savannah at Jambo House.

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    Under the right light, you can see the top of EE above the trees.

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    Zz.

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