Update: Current pricing is $189 – $249.Disney Food for Families columnist Erin Foster finds a surprising end to her recent Wild Africa Trek in Disney’s Animal Kingdom…
I signed up for Disney’s brand new Wild Africa Trek at the Animal Kingdom because I wanted to check out the nifty new rope bridge and get up close and personal with crocodiles and hippos; I wasn’t in it for the food. The booking agent on the phone mentioned something about a snack, but that barely registered with me. I had taken other backstage tours at the Animal Kingdom and the snack was serviceable but unremarkable granola bars and pretzels.
Because of this, I was taken by surprise when we arrived — after two hours of hiking and animal observation — at the tour break point and found a meal being set. We were on a new boma (not to be confused with the restaurant Boma at the Animal Kingdom Lodge) constructed in the middle of the African savanna, in full view of the Kilimanjaro Safari jeeps. The boma is a covered, stage-like private animal viewing area with bathrooms, comfortable chairs, binoculars, and best of all — amazing food.
The presentation couldn’t be lovelier. Our wonderful tour guides (thank you Megan and Laura) set our chilled metal camp cups and carafes of cool water and tropical juice. I believe this is the same blend they serve at Tusker House and Boma.
Each guest was presented with their own two-tired, canister-style “lunchbox.” I had the first tour of the day and was therefore given the breakfast snack.
The top tier held three tiny metal bowls. The first contained a melon salad with a light ginger-mint dressing. The second contained berry yogurt with a granola topping. And the third contained cubes of brie cheese and dried apricots. Also in the upper level were a spoon made of sustainable bamboo and a lovely edible orchid. Several of my tour mates commented that the yogurt was particularly delicious. My favorite of the three was the melon; the dressing was bright and gave the melon an unexpected zing.
The bottom tier of the lunchbox held mini pita breads, a fig almond bread, prosciutto, dried beef, and smoked salmon rolled with dill cream cheese atop a cucumber and jicama slaw. Every item was flavorful and fresh. And yes, I did sample the orchid. It had the crunch of iceberg lettuce with a slightly sweet flavor. At the end, we were allowed to keep our bamboo spoons as a souvenir.
While this was billed as a snack, I felt like the amount of food provided was quite generous. I ate at about 10:30 a.m., and I made it all the way through to a late dinner with only a carrot cake cookie to sustain me in between.
Specs and Info
Several tours are offered throughout the day. Depending on the time of your departure, there are some substitutions on the menu. The afternoon Trek outings include curried chicken salad, tandoori shrimp, and sun dried tomato hummus instead of the yogurt, cheese cubes, and fig almond bread. There are also alternative options for children, vegetarians, and guests with allergies. These special menus must be ordered in advance, so speak with your reservation agent when booking the tour. Book by calling 407-WDW-TOUR.
More information about the non-food parts of the Wild Africa Trek can be found on the Walt Disney World website. Be aware that special discount pricing of $129 is in effect until February 26, when the price will go up to $189.