When Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge opened on April 16th, 2001, it arguably became one of the best themed resorts on property. With authentic architecture and a rich feeling of culture and history, this resort continues to attract Disney guests even 15 years after its debut.

Animal Kingdom Lodge is always on my list for best dining. Boma Flavors of Africa, Jiko- The Cooking Place, and Sanaa boast world-class chefs and genuine African dishes.

However, one of the thing that keeps guests coming back again and again is probably the experience of the animals. With the opportunity to get up close and personal with zebras, giraffes, antelopes, elks, gazelles, and exotic birds – thanks to Disney’s creative barrier system – who can blame them?

The Sense of Africa Tour takes place as Animal Kingdom Lodge.

The Sense of Africa Tour takes place as Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Sense of Africa

Now, guests can get a behind-the-scenes view of it all!

The Sense of Africa tour at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge takes guests on a three-and-a-half hour expedition including breakfast at Boma and fun animal encounters! You’ll get to learn about and experience the deep culture and rich history that Disney brought to Animal Kingdom Lodge and get a backstage peek at the care, feeding, and social interaction of the animals!

Enjoy a wonderful breakfast at Boma before you begin your tour.

Enjoy a wonderful breakfast at Boma before you begin your tour.

Your tour begins at Boma where you’ll feast on delicious African cuisine. Be adventurous and try the pap, a tangy porridge, or the turkey bobotie (a meat and egg dish); both native to South Africa. For those of you who want to experience something new while not getting too far out of your comfort zone, Boma also serves the famous Mickey Waffles as well as other familiar fare.

After breakfast, your tour guide, dressed in authentic African attire, will lead you throughout the resort teaching you about the culture and history of Africa as well as the amazing animals on property.

You’ll even get to feed the animals! They like veggies and mealworms, among other things. Guests will also get to see African art. Since Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge has one of the largest collections of African art outside of the African continent, you’re in for a real treat!

Here is your chance to see African animals up close and personal.

Here is your chance to see African animals up close and personal.

If you’d like to book this tour, you can choose from either Tuesday or Saturday morning, and you don’t have to be a guest at the Lodge to participate! The cost for touring is $249 and includes breakfast!

Are you interested in special Disney tours?  How about Sense of Africa?