The African Village of Harambe borders the Harambe Wildlife Preserve. This fictitious village is designed to represent a modern day village in Eastern Africa. It is home to Kilimanjaro Safaris, Pangani Forest Exploration Trail, and the Wildlife Express Train to Rafiki’s Planet Watch.
The thatch roofs in the village were constructed by actual Zulu tribesman, and much of the construction is inspired by Imagineer visits to Africa. A crew of 13 Zulu tribesman tied thick bundles of Berg grass that was harvested by their wives, sisters and mothers back home.
The buildings of Harambe are made from and inspired by Swahili materials. They have all been appropriately aged to present a lived in feeling.
In 2014 the theme was continued for a new area behind the Tusker House that became home to the new Festival of the Lion King show. In 2015, another large area opened known as the Harambe Market, a collection of small eateries that line the African street.
Architects of the buildings in Harambe: Eli Erlandson, Tom Sze, Ahmad Jafari