Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail Overview | Disney’s Animal Kingdom Attractions

Come face-to-face with animals that are native to Africa, like Gorillas, Meerkats, and Okapi, on the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail Details

Walt Disney World Resort Park Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Location in Park Africa
Height Restrictions Any Height
Age Interests All Ages
Thrill Type Walkthrough
Hours 8:15 AM to 6:45 PM
Wait Times Low
Lightning Lane No
Accessibility Information May Remain in Wheelchair/ECV
Gorilla Falls Exploration Trails Gorillas
You can see Gorillas at the Gorilla Research Camp.

Attraction Overview

Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail is a self-guided attraction located in Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This trail takes through the tropical Pangani Forest where you will see amazing animals from the continent of Africa. As the name suggests, you are sure to see Gorillas on the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail along with many other creatures.

The first exhibit on the trail are the Black and White Colobus Monkeys which are native of Kenya. These tree-dwelling monkeys are unique because they have no thumb. Next, you will encounter the Okapi. Although they have stripes like a Zebra, they are actually the only known relative of the giraffe. After the Okapis, you will head into the research building where you can see several small creature exhibits, such as reptiles, amphibians, and naked mole rats.

Once you go through the research building, you will enter the aviary. In this area, there are many African birds flying above. Some of the birds that can be seen in aviary are the carmine bee-eaters, Green Woodhoopoes, and Purple Glossy Starlings. Past the aviary exit, you will see the hippo exhibit through the a glass underwater viewing area. The Savannah Grasslands are next where there are meerkats and zebras to view. Finally, you will reach the main attraction: the Gorilla Research Camp. Here you can spot adolescent and mother gorillas. This exhibit extends past the research camp as you head over the suspension bridge. In this section of the trail, you may see more gorillas including the male leader of the group, Gino.

Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail Animals
Look for meerkats, zebras, and amphibians along the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail.


Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail on Disney World Map

Location & Wait Times

The Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail is located in the Africa area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The entrance to the trail sits between the queue for the train to Rafiki’s Planet Watch and the exit of Kilimanjaro Safaris. Because Gorilla Falls Exploration Trails is a walkthrough attraction, there is no wait time. You will self-guide yourself along the trail which means you can take as long as you would like viewing the different animal exhibits.

Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail Gorilla
You can Gorillas of all ages at this attraction.

Queue Experience

Because there is no wait time to enter Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail, there is also no queue to enter the attraction. Once you go through the entrance, you will begin your journey down the trail. Once on the trail, you will encounter the first animal almost immediately.

Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail Disney's Animal Kingdom
The entrance to the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail is located between Rafiki’s Planet Watch and the exit of Kilimanjaro Safaris.

Written by

Emily Murray

Contributing Writer

For as long as Emily can remember, Disney has played a huge role in her life. Her infatuation with Disney resulted in many hours spent rewatching Toy Story and creating multiple powerpoints to convince her parents to book yet another vacation to the “Most Magical Place on Earth”. In 2015, Emily followed one of her dreams and moved to Orlando, Florida where she spent just over five years working for the mouse in three separate roles. Emily is passionate about writing and using words creatively and concisely. She loves to make others laugh and hopes to sprinkle a little bit of magic into everything she does.

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