The landscaping for the Kilimanjaro Safaris may have been the greatest achievement, but hardly noticed by park guests. Starting with a nearly bare stretch of land, hundreds of thousands of plants were grown using varieties from all over the world. The plants serve many purposes from story telling, to barriers, to food for the animals. From early on, there was much trial and error to determine which plant varieties would hold up in the Florida Sun and withstand the animals. Some varieties that did not adapt well to these conditions were substituted with ones that did. The end result is a truly believable African landscape. Since this part of the park is truly alive and growing, it is a challenge for the Disney Imagineers to let the trees and plants grow and look natural, but still maintain control of the overall look of the Animal Kingdom Park.
The African animals are the star of Kilimanjaro Safaris. This is what people come to see. Disney Imagineers took many research trips to Africa to go on photo safaris to be able to capture the look and feel of the experience.
As you make your way through the safari you are exposed to different habitats and different animal residents. The Tour Guides weave the descriptions together to make a smooth transition from one area to another and to point out the animals along the way. Having a top notch guide can definitely improve your Safari experience.