Be Part Of An Exclusive South African Adventure With Imagineer Joe Rohde

As of this morning, this excursion is sold out and guests are now being put on a waitlist!


Get an opportunity of a lifetime all thanks to the 20th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. In keeping with the celebration of the park opening two decades ago, Imagineer Joe Rohde and Dr. Mark Penning are embarking on a journey with you on an exclusive South African adventure. They will share their expertise through activities and presentations that Disney fans will cherish.

Space is limited and will go very quickly. Pricing starts at $11,499 per person. To make a reservation, reach out to our friends at Small World Big Fun at or 501-831-5211 x 1. Be sure to note that you are interested in the Adventures by Disney trip to S Africa on November 30, 2018

Trip Highlights from Adventures by Disney:

Guests on this one-time, Adult-Exclusive departure will have the opportunity to take part in once-in-a-lifetime activities with special guests Joe Rohde and Dr. Mark Penning.

Sketching Sessions with Joe Rohde

Get your imagination fired up as Mr. Rohde leads sketching sessions with Guests at South African locations throughout the trip. No prior artistic experience is required, as these sessions will embody Mr. Rohde’s philosophy that sketching what you see captures more detail and helps you to remember these amazing experiences better than a photograph.

Animal Kingdom: Storytelling with Joe Rohde

Hear about Mr. Rohde’s adventures and experiences in Africa that served as inspiration in the creation of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. This unique opportunity to get insight into the architecture, plants, wildlife and storytelling of the iconic Disney Theme Park from the revered Disney Imagineer is one that Disney fans will treasure.

South African Wildlife & Culture with Dr. Mark Penning

Discover fascinating facts and insights into the natural history, culture and wildlife of South Africa with Dr. Penning, who as both a native of the country and a trained veterinarian, offers a unique perspective on the area’s robust wildlife.

South African Viniculture & Wine Tasting

Learn about the country’s incredible viniculture and the ideal conditions for a wide range of noble wine varieties. Then, enjoy tasting the rich flavors of South African wines.

Additional Day at Kapama Game Reserve

This special departure includes one additional day and night at Kapama Game Reserve in order to truly celebrate the wildlife of this amazing country. See important details below:

In addition to the special activities of this departure, Guests will also experience an array of amazing activities that are a part of the South Africa itinerary. Activity highlights include:

Knysna Elephant Park: Experience a rare opportunity to get up close to the denizens of South Africa’s first elephant orphanage.

Boulders Beach: Waddle around with the African penguins that call this cove on the waters of the Indian Ocean home.

Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary: Swing in for a safari of the world’s first primate sanctuary that features 18 primate species.

Table Mountain: Take in the breathtaking views on the cable car ride to the summit, then tour the beautiful surroundings.

Cape of Good Hope: Take in the scenic beauty of the Atlantic coast at the southernmost point of Africa’s Cape Peninsula.


You will spend 10 days and 9 nights in South Africa. The departure dates are November 30 – December 9, 2018. You’ll arrive at Cape Town International Airport (CPT) and return home from O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB). Accommodations will be through Table Bay Hotel, Conrad Pezula, and Kapama River Lodge. 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 8 dinners are included on this adult-only excursion.

Bookings are open for South Africa: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park’s 20th Anniversary Safari as follows:

Monday, April 23, 2018: Disney Vacation Club Members, D23 Members, and previous Adventures by Disney Guests

Wednesday, April 25, 2018: General public

To book your trip or learn more, call (800) 543-0865!

Here is a video of what you can expect if you tag along on this trip!

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3 years ago

What’s the price?

3 years ago
Reply to  Rocco

There doesn’t seem to be a price listed on the web site, but the normal Adventures by Disney 10 day 9 night South Africa trip is $8800 per adult.

3 years ago
Reply to  danlb_2000

We just added the price information in. It’s a little heftier than the typical price tag, but the one on one time with Joe seems worth the increase!

3 years ago
Reply to  Rocco

Hey! We just added that information in.