1. Go Right Away in the Morning
The light is SO beautiful in the morning while on Kilimanjaro Safaris compared to midday. I’ve also always had better luck seeing active animals in the morning. My recommendation is to use one of your Fastpass+ reservations for this attraction. If you have other attraction priorities, though, don’t worry. You shouldn’t have to wait too long if you head straight to Kilimanjaro Safaris right when the park opens. It’s a great way to introduce your kids to the Animal Kingdom park or as a traditional start to your Animal Kingdom day!
2. Consider Your Seat Carefully
Our group of 8 took up two entire rows. I chose to sit in the front of those rows in the middle seat. This way I could get almost everyone in the photos. I also chose to sit next to our 7 year old, because I knew he wouldn’t need to be on my lap and I could see well over his head to take pictures of just animals. If you only want photos of animals, I would recommend sitting on a side or even ask if you can be in the very back row.
3. Shoot at a High Shutter Speed
The drive through Kilimanjaro Safaris is a bumpy one! Driving + bumps can make for some blurry images if you don’t prepare your camera.
For manual DSLR users: make sure you’re shooting with a higher shutter speed.
For point and shoot users: choose the sports action mode.
For phone cameras: definitely make sure you go at a time during the day when there is plenty of light. Once the sun starts to go down, you’ll have less light and your phone’s shutter speed (how fast it takes the photo) will automatically slow down, increasing your chance of blurred photos.
The most important thing to remember, though, is to have fun! If your pictures don’t look like they are turning out, don’t worry! Just enjoy the sights and sounds! At the end of the ride, you can definitely take a photo of your group before getting out. Hakuna matata!