New savanna experience coming to Animal Kingdom Lodge

The "Sense of Africa" tour will offer an exclusive Boma breakfast and an up-close encounter with several of the resort's savanna residents.  

Animal Kingdom Lodge Savanna

The 3 1/2 hour "Sense of Africa" tour is set to debut soon at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.  The experience begins with a private breakfast at Boma - Flavors of Africa.  Guests can enjoy a number of exclusive food offerings, along with the typical Boma buffet.  During the meal, a Disney Cast Member will share stories of the resort and African culture.  

At the meal's conclusion, guests will board a private safari vehicle for a tour of the resort's grounds and interaction with a number of the animals.  

The tour will be held on Tuesdays and Saturdays with reservations beginning on Tuesday, April 5, 2016.  

Participants must be age 10 or older.  The cost is $249 per person with a 15% discount available to Disney Vacation Club members and Annual Passholders.  There is a limit of 12 participants per day.  

Reader Comments
Re: New savanna experience coming to Animal Kingdom Lodge -- wdrl
2016 Apr 01 11:32:45 AM
Disney was testing this tour as early as last December. We had a savanna view villa at Kidani and one morning we saw a small group of people coming from one of the animal barns, accompanied by a couple of animal keepers. What surprised me is that the people were on foot as they walked out of the barn and they didn't board a safari vehicle until they were on the savanna.

Later, we asked some AKV CM's what was going on and they said Disney was testing a new savanna tour, but that it was not yet being offered to guests. The people we saw were all CMs.

This tour sounds interesting. I'll definitely check into it and see if we can book it for one of our upcoming trips.
Re: New savanna experience coming to Animal Kingdom Lodge -- denlo
2016 Apr 01 11:35:00 AM
:yahoo:Woohoo, I am ready to do this turn, although it more expensive than I thought.
Re: New savanna experience coming to Animal Kingdom Lodge -- simbasmom
2016 Apr 01 04:39:05 PM
I was so ready to do this until I saw the price. Wow! The sunset tour with dinner at Jiko costs less than that. And the sunset tour includes dinner with wine. Compare the price of dinner with wine to breakfast, and that leaves a BIG difference between the morning tour and the "sunset" tour (which is around 4:00-5:30, sunset itself is during the Jiko dinner-so why do they call it "Sunset Safari"?) Anyways, I was all set until I saw the price of this-I'll pass.
Re: New savanna experience coming to Animal Kingdom Lodge -- KNWVIKING 2.0
2016 Apr 01 05:50:43 PM
DVCNews wrote:
.....exclusive Boma breakfast and an up-close encounter with several of the resort's savanna residents.

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Hopefully in the form of T-Bone, NY Strip, Sirloin & Filet.
Re: New savanna experience coming to Animal Kingdom Lodge -- denlo
2016 Apr 01 05:58:13 PM
simbasmom wrote:
I was so ready to do this until I saw the price. Wow! The sunset tour with dinner at Jiko costs less than that. And the sunset tour includes dinner with wine. Compare the price of dinner with wine to breakfast, and that leaves a BIG difference between the morning tour and the "sunset" tour (which is around 4:00-5:30, sunset itself is during the Jiko dinner-so why do they call it "Sunset Safari"?) Anyways, I was all set until I saw the price of this-I'll pass.

This new tour gives you backstage access and from what we saw was a much longer tour than the Wanyama Safari, which drives you around the Sunset Savanna. I too am surprised at the cost of this new tour, but I am hoping it is because the tour of the barns appears to be when they will have animals being checked over.

Edit: They had to have changed the Wanyama Safari as the price in 2012 was $149 per person and today it is listed as over $60 per person. Also the write up says:
Quote:
After a pre-safari reception with the chefs and a cultural representative from Jiko – The Cooking Place, climb aboard a safari vehicle and get ready for spectacular sights as you embark on an authentic recreation of an African afternoon game drive, spread out across 46 acres of savanna.

They no longer mention dinner or wine at Jikos after the safari.

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