Have you ever wanted to explore a safari at night? YOU CAN!

During a recent trip to Walt Disney World, I (Shannon) was able to experience the Starlight Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge — and what a truly unique experience it was!

The Starlight Safari check-in is located at Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Lodge – Kidani Village

Starlight Safari: The Experience

After checking in for our 8:30pm safari, we were greeted by our guide, Chelsea. She explained what we would see on our hour-long tour, and then we headed out to our safari vehicle!

We met our driver, Meredith, before loading into the open-air truck. It was a bit chilly this night, but blankets are provided for everyone which was a very nice touch.  Also, each participant received a night-vision device to use (the device is for one eye, not a full set of binoculars).

Once we were advised of the safety rules and what to expect during the tour, we were off!

The safari vehicle

Over 30 species of animals call the Animal Kingdom Lodge savannas home. During our drive around the savannas (at both Kidani Village and Jambo House) we saw giraffe, Ankole cattle, zebras, and springbok — just to name a few!

Chelsea was very knowledgeable in telling us about the animals and their lives at the Lodge, and answering questions from the group.

It took some practice, but I even managed to use the night-vision device with my phone camera to get a few cool pics!

Starlight Safari: Reservation Details

The Starlight Safari is open to every guest of Walt Disney World Resort, not just those staying at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge! The current price is $74.17 + tax per person, and guests must be 8 years or older to participate. The tour runs twice nightly, at 8:30pm and 10:00pm. Please note that pricing and tour times may be subject to change. Advanced reservations are recommended.

For more information or to book this experience for your own Disney World vacation, contact your A Time to Treasure agent!

Starlight Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

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