Bookings Open for New Disney Africa Safari Attraction

Adventurers will soon be able to do an African safari complete with bushwalking, open-air vehicles and shaky bridges without leaving Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Reservations are now open for the brand new and much-anticipated Wild Africa Trek, set to debut Jan. 16, Disney announced.

The trek promises to get visitors "up-close-and-personal" with crocodiles, hippos and other creatures in the Orlando park's Pangani Forest and Harambe Wildlife Reserve, including in areas not usually open to visitors.

Guests will strap into harnesses to navigate a rickety rope footbridge and step across the edge of a cliff, do bushwalks on "untracked terrain" through fern and vine, and ride in custom open-air vehicles across the edge of "wide-open savanna."

Exploration will include "the deepest, most-remote reaches of Disney's Animal Kingdom," Disney says.

The three-hour experience is led by a guide, and limited to no more than 12 guests per safari. The trek will be offered several times a day at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Introductory rates, available Jan. 16 to Feb. 26, start at $129 per person, plus park admission.

"Adventure-minded guests will have the experience of a lifetime as they get immersed in an authentic African safari experience that only Disney can deliver," says Michael Colglazier, vice president of Disney's Animal Kingdom. "We are thrilled to be offering this unique outdoor adventure aimed at active vacationers, taking interactions with the incredible animals that inhabit the Harambe Reserve to the next level and literally blazing new trails in our park."

The tour also includes a stop at a private safari camp for wildlife viewing and a chance to sample "tastes of Africa."

Reservations for Wild Africa Trek can be made by calling 407-WDW-TOUR (939-8687).

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