Wanyama Safari vs Kilimanjaro Safaris

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Wanyama Safari vs Kilimanjaro Safaris

Hey all - I'm headed to AKL in July with my mom and we definitely want to do the Wanyama Safari experience. I've read a ton of reviews on it and we are sold! My real question is - if we do this, do we have to waste a fast pass/time on going on Kilimanjaro Safaris in Animal Kingdom? Will we see most of the same things? I've done KS many times before but I have never stayed at AKL so the Wanyama Safari is something completely new!

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I've been on KS many times and I always enjoy that ride. The last time I went on the KS, it began to pour and we saw the elephants playing in the water, that was a first for me!

With that said and with limited time, you might want to visit something new yeah .

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Hey all - I'm headed to AKL in July with my mom and we definitely want to do the Wanyama Safari experience. I've read a ton of reviews on it and we are sold! My real question is - if we do this, do we have to waste a fast pass/time on going on Kilimanjaro Safaris in Animal Kingdom? Will we see most of the same things? I've done KS many times before but I have never stayed at AKL so the Wanyama Safari is something completely new!

I don't quite understand this. Why do you have to "waste" a fastpass to anything to do the Wanyama Safari?

Wanyama Safari is a separate tour. It isn't just an attraction at a theme park. It is something you pay for, and it includes dinner at Jiko afterwards. It can't really be compared to the Kilimanjaro safari attraction because you get a lot more personal attention and a guided tour during the safari.

And there's no reason why you still can't do both safari during you trip. So I'm not sure why you have to sacrifice one over the other.

There's another similar thread on this topic. You may look at the link that I gave in my response for more detail.

http://www.wdwforgrownups.com/forum/wanyama-safari-akl

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Hello ashlified and welcome to WDWForGrownups! You may be a little confused about this safari. As ZapperZ basically said, the two safari's have nothing at all incommon. The Wanyama Safar is a tour and had nothing to do with going into the park at all. Kilimanjaro Safaris is a attraction in Animal Kingdom park.

"The Wanyama Safari is offered at 4 p.m., seven days a week to Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Guests only. The experience is open to Guests age 8 and older, and costs $170 per person (price includes gratuity). For reservations, Guests can visit the concierge desk at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge upon check-in." (source)

Also here is the Disney Link for Wanyama Safari .

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Welcome ashlified! You have come to the right place to get your questions answered. I have participated in the Wanyama Safari and will add just a little bit more clarification. It does take place at the Animal Kingdom Lodge and not at Animal Kingdom. You will tour the savannahs at the resort and the number of participants is limited. Do not expect to see any lions, tigers, crocodiles or elephants, they are only at Animal Kingdom. You will see giraffe, zebras, wilderbeest, antelope, okapi and ostriches. It is a very interesting tour and Jiko is a fabulous restaurant. Enjoy!

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I think where the confusion is coming in is that she was asking would she see enough of the same stuff on the tour that she could skip Kilimanjaro this trip rather then wasting time and a Fastpass+ on stuff she's already seen on the tour. As ohio said though, the tour is at the resort rather then the park and includes different animals then seen on the Safari so I would definitely still try and do both if you have time! Have fun, I'm super jealous as I've been wanting to do that tour!! muchlove I'm sure you'll have a blast!

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Yes, as Allie said, I didn't know if I would be seeing the same animals on both tours. I completely understand that they are separate tours and I have already paid and reserved my spot. I was just thinking can I skip Kilimanjaro at AK and use a fast pass on something else rather than get the same experience again. I now understand it is two completely different animal experiences. Thanks all.

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I totally understand your question Ashlified. I would have the same question if I was able to do Wanyama. Given no prior information I would assume that the Wanyama Safari would be a really awesome, souped up Kiliminjaro that you pay for and is more personal. And if it is, I wouldn't want to "waste" one of my precious FPs on Kiliminjaro if you were going to see similar animals in a less personal setting. Of course you "can" do both, but I don't think you were implying that you can or can't do anything.

I think oHio answered the main question though that there are two different sets on animals at each one so it doesn't seem a waste of a FP to do Kiliminjaro too (though I personally might use the FP at another ride and just get there first thing in the morning to cover off the safari).

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