The Imagineers wanted to set Disney’s Animal Kingdom apart from any other zoo or theme park. In order to truly convey our connection with nature and animals they needed our experiences with the animals to feel authentic. To achieve this, the lands we encounter the animals in had to feel like real places and not just displayed exhibits.
While it may be only a subconscious feeling to most guests, Harambe feels like a real town. And this illusion isn’t broken when you take a moment to look behind the curtains, it is actually enhanced. A rich backstory has been given to make Harambe feel like a town with a long history. The story isn’t just portrayed in writing but rather in every detail of the town within it’s layered elements.
I made this site to share with you just how in depth the story behind Harambe really is. Next time you visit, get lost in the story, discover the hidden details, and experience the township of Harambe as you would if on vacation in an real East African town. As Joe Rohde says...
“If you come to Disney’s Animal Kingdom make your day go slow, savor little moments, find hidden places, search for obscure details, and watch the animals for a long time.”
This site is a work of passion, a very time consuming and tedious passion. Endless hours of research, cross referencing, exploring, planning, photo editing, and translating Swahili to bring you the most accurate information based on official sources. Those sources include every Disney licensed book, magazine, and video mentioning Animal Kingdom that I could get my hands on.
However, the primary source of all information on this site is simply from all the details, posters, signs, and documents found within Harambe. For the most part, the wording on this site is true to the writings I’ve discovered and just slightly altered to format into sentences. It is worth nothing though, the area I refer to as the “Historic District” is the only cluster of buildings that does not have an official name. I did make that name up but found Historic District to be appropriate since it is based around the original Harambe Fort and first settlement.