Similar to Pangani Forest Exploration Trail, this attraction is a self-guided walking tour but with an Asian setting and Asian wildlife. You’ll encounter a Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard, upon entering Maharajah Jungle Trek. From there, you’ll encounter the Malayan Tapir, a unique, half black, half white mammal native to the forested regions of Asia. The next stop is Bat Cliffs, where you’ll see the Rodrigues Fruit and Malayan Flying Fox bat species. After that is the highlight of the tour, the Asian tigers. There are three separate viewing areas, and yes, they are behind glass. Other animals you’ll encounter include Blackbuck and Elds Deer and over 50 species of exotic birds.
Maharajah Jungle Trek typically doesn’t get as clogged as Pangani Forest Exploration Trail, so for scheduling purposes, it’s a good one to save for midday when other attractions are very crowded. This presents a bit of a dilemma, however; the tigers will likely be sound asleep. Want a surefire way to see the tigers up and about? Go to the first viewing area near the fountain about 45 minutes before park closing. The tigers will be anxiously awaiting suppertime.
We take our time at Maharajah Jungle Trek…one, so we don’t miss anything, and two, because it’s not as crowded as Pangani Forest Exploration Trail. A great way to end the day at Animal Kingdom is to get one last soaking on Kali River Rapids then swing by the tiger exhibit at Maharajah Jungle Trek when the big cats are waiting to be fed.
Maharajah Jungle Trek is a self-guided walking tour in Asia at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The average duration of the tour is 20-25 minutes, but you can take as little or as much time as you like. Cast Members are available to answer questions and point out animals you may not see. In addition to the exotic wildlife, Maharajah Jungle Trek features beautiful murals, crumbling ruins and colorful pennants representing the cultures of northern Asia.
Guests may remain in their wheelchair, motorized scooter or ECV to experience the attraction.
Source: Undercover Tourist
There is great effort being made to bring these majestic tigers back from the brink of extinction. Always have your cameras poised, as these animals may decide to pose without giving any notice.
Notice that there is no glass between you and the fruit bats. This is possible because the bats have no interest in human interaction of any kind.
A maharaja is a king or prince in India ranking above a rajah.
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