Animal Kingdom | Africa
Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail Description
View African wildlife at your own pace on this nature trail adjacent to Kilimanjaro Safaris.
Opening Day: April 22, 1998
Type of Ride: Nature trail
Age Recommendation: All ages
Duration of Ride: Unlimited
Typical Queue Time: None
Single Rider Line: No
FastPass+: No. Visit our FastPass+ Guide for more information on FastPass+.
Chicken Exit Available: Yes
Baby Swap Available: No
Type of Vehicle: None
Type of Restraint: None
Attraction Open During EMH: Yes; morning. See our Extra Magic Hours page for more information.
Ride Photo Available For Purchase: No
Height Requirements: None
Flash Photography or Video Allowed: Yes
Shopping: Near Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail in the Animal Kingdom’s Africa section, guests can purchase apparel, plush dolls, and collectible ostrich eggs at “Ziwani Traders”; and African wines, art, crafts, and instruments at “Mombasa Marketplace.”
Dining/Refreshment: Numerous eateries are situated near Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail. Guests wanting a counter service lunch or dinner can choose among chicken skewers, vegetable stacks, gyros, fried sausages, and ribs at Harambe Market; and the Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery offers assorted sandwiches and pastries. Meanwhile, those preferring a sit down meal can make ADRs for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, all buffet style, at Tusker House, where a variety of American and African dishes are served amidst appearances from Donald Duck.
Restroom: Facilities convenient to Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail are located at Mombasa Marketplace.
Smoking Location: Smoking is permitted in designated smoking areas only. Animal Kingdom smoking areas can be found on our Walt Disney World Designated Smoking Areas page.
Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail Fun Facts
Did you know?
- Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail is situated at the exit to Kilimanjaro Safaris.
- After debuting with its current name, Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail, on the Animal Kingdom’s opening day, April 22, 1998, the exploration trail was termed “Pangani Forest Exploration Trail” from August 1998 to May 2016.
- Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail features a backstory that has the trail situated within the “Pangani Forest Conservation School and Wildlife Sanctuary.” This fictitious venture between the residents of Harambe and international animal preservation groups is overseen by a Dr. Kulunda and research students, the latter actually well-informed Disney Cast Members, who will answer any questions you may entertain about the animals. “Pangani” means “place of enchantment” in Swahili.
- Exhibits and animals encountered along the trail may include: an abandoned termite mound; Colobus monkeys; duikers (small antelope); Stanley Cranes; okapi (related to giraffes); Spiny-tailed lizards; Pancake tortoises; Spiny mice; Naked Mole-rats; African Hedgehogs; an aviary with birds such as African Green Pigeons and African Jacanas; Lake Victoria Cichlids; hippopotamuses; gerenuks; meerkats (the species of Timon from Disney’s 1994 film The Lion King); and, of course, gorillas, which can be viewed either through windows or in a valley across a suspension bridge from the exhibit proper. Silence is required on the gorilla portion of the trail because these creatures deem loud noises a threat.
- Guests participating in the Animal Kingdom’s free interactive game, Wilderness Explorers, can earn five of 31 possible badges (stickers) on the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail: the Ham Radio Badge, the Hiking Badge, the Birding Badge, the Tracking Badge, and the Gorilla Badge. The Ham Radio Badge is earned by listening to a radio and recording requested information into the Wilderness Explorers Handbook; the Hiking Badge is earned by recording requested information along the trail into the Wilderness Explorers Handbook; the Birding Badge is earned by viewing the birds in the trail’s aviary; the Tracking Badge is earned by identifying animal tracks, such as footprints and scratch marks; and the Gorilla Badge is earned by walking the trail and imitating a gorilla’s behavior to a Cast Member. Guests can register for the game, which is based on Disney and Pixar’s Up (2009), at a kiosk on the bridge between the Oasis and Discovery Island near the front of the Animal Kingdom.
- A similar trail with Asian animals, Maharajah Jungle Trek, is located in the Animal Kingdom’s Asia section.
The head of Jafar from Aladdin (1992) is carved into a rock near the suspension bridge past the gorilla viewing area.
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Top 5 Tips for Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail
- There is no time limit for exploring the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail, so view the exhibits as quickly or as slowly as you want.
- Upon entering the aviary, pick up a bird spotting guide such as to better locate the creatures.
- The hippos are easier to spot in the late afternoon, after 4:00 or so. If you arrive at the exhibit earlier, look towards the back portion of the wading pool, where the hippos often sleep.
- Ask the Cast Members any questions you may have.
- Consider participating in the Wilderness Explorers game, especially if there are children in your party.