Lou Mongello / Monday, September 17th, 2007
- “Harambe” is Swahili, meaning ” coming together”
- The village of Harambe is based on the ancient Kenyan island town of Lamu. According to Disney “legend”, this town was once a hub for gold and ivory trade, and is now a tourist village. I agineers worked hard to tell the story of this small village that has grown and changed over the years. In fact, Disney brought over 13 Zulu craftsman from Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, to create the thatched roofs throughout Africa including the Harambe Village Marketplace. They also looked to capture the flavor of this coastal town by creating narrow, winding streets, importing native artifacts, and even creating cracks in the sidewalks create a town that looks weathered by time.
- There is only one live baobab tree in Harambe, outside Tusker House restaurant.
- The largest tree replanted in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is located in Harambe village, and tipped the scales at 90 tons… that’s equal to the weight of 16 male elephants.