The BEST Times to Go on Kilimanjaro Safaris in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is extremely unique to the other Disney World parks with its focus on plants and wildlife!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

The entire park itself is a beautiful walk of nature with gorgeous foliage, the epic Tree of Life, AND the various animals that call the property home. And, before your next trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we’re sharing the best times of the day that you can find animals out to play!

You might feel a pull towards popular attractions like Expedition Everest or Avatar Flight of Passage when you head to Disney’s Animal Kingdom at the beginning of the day. But, we actually recommend taking a detour over to the Kilimanjaro Safaris first thing in the morning instead!


The animals are just waking up and coming outside to greet guests and soak up the start of the day. While you might see animals around the Harambe Wildlife Reserve lounge about and nap later in the day, they are usually more active in the morning! But, that’s not the only time of the day you’ll see them active!

Painted Dogs

Another great time to visit the Kilimanjaro Safaris is when it rains! Many of the animals will either enjoy the rain and walk around, or they’ll huddle together in places they won’t get as wet. We spotted animals that usually aren’t as active during the safari ride, like the cheetahs, making their way around the enclosure…

…while the hippos were LOVING that drizzle, since they typically reside in the water most days anyways!

There was even a tower of giraffes huddled together underneath the trees to stay warm during the storm.

There’s a reason why Kilimanjaro Safaris is one of our favorite attractions! And, we’ll be sure to keep you updated on everything new happening around the parks soon. Stay tuned with All Ears for more Disney tips and tricks!

Dozens of rides close in Disney World due to weather-related power failure

What’s your favorite animal to see on the Kilimanjaro Safaris? Let us know in the comments below!

Rachel Franko has been going to Disney Parks since she was a baby, and her love of Disney has only grown into a SLIGHT obsession since! She's been writing for AllEars since 2019 and loves sharing the magic with all the readers. When she's not writing, you can catch her heading to Disney and Universal Studios with a heart full of dreams and a backpack full of themed ears!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *