In Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

You will find two equally stunning resorts in one at this african themed oasis:

Resort Map

For DVC members: BOTH of these resorts offer DVC rooms!

Click here if you want to learn more about DVC

1. The Animals:

It’s obviously no secret people come here for the animals… you can see over 30 species of African wildlife, including zebras, giraffes, gazelles, kudu and flamingos right outside your room at this resort! To me, it is definitely the most unique stay on Disney property. Linda, a super knowledgeable cast member, shared with us some facts about the resort and animals.

  • The animals are only let back into the “barns” from 5:30am-7:30am daily
  • Giraffes sleep a TOTAL of 25 minutes a day (laying down or standing up)!!!!
  • The animals are unique to each savanna here and they don’t intermingle between savanna’s within the resorts and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park savanna.

2. The Lobby & Common Areas:

Both of these resorts are seriously stunning! As with all things Disney the attention to detail is impeccable, but for me personally I think I felt this more than ever at this Disney property. We walked around the lobbies early in the morning before the hussle and bussle and it was magical having it to ourselves and really being able to take in the details.

There are also many libraries and artifact rooms around both properties that are definitely worth a visit! Each has unique african artifacts and stories that were all so interesting to see. There’s also many balconies and savanna overlook areas where you can sit on a rocking chair and take in the beautiful savanna before you. You can spend days just taking in all the little details in the lobbies and resort grounds.

Pro tip: Have your morning coffee or afternoon tea out here. The sunrise and sunset over the savanna is extra special!

3. The Restaurants and Bars:

We didn’t eat much in the resort since we mostly ate inside the parks (it was Food & Wine Festival at EPCOT) but we did have breakfast one morning at ‘The Mara’ at Jambo House and it was great, just like all other Disney Resorts’ quick service.

I have heard that Sanaa is a great dinner option but my dad doesn’t like Indian food (ridiculous, I know) so we skipped it but we surely will be coming back to this restaurant soon!

The Mara (Jambo House)

  • Hours: 6:30 AM to 11:00 PM
  • Quick Service

Boma – Flavors of Africa (Jambo House)

  • Breakfast: 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Dinner: 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM
  • Buffet style African dining

Jiko – The Cooking Place (Jambo House)

  • Hours: 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM
  • African Cuisine

Victoria Falls Lounge (Jambo House)

  • Hours: 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Sanaa (Kidani Village)

  • Lunch: 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Dinner: 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM
  • African/Indian Cuisine

Sanaa Lounge (Kidani Village)

  • Hours: 11:30 AM to 11:00 PM
  • Serves “Grab & Go” breakfast before 11:30 AM

I need to talk about my new dessert obsession… Zebra Domes! These perfectly crafted treats stole the show for us! They are Chocolate Mousse baked with Amarula Cream Liquor-coated White Chocolate drizzled with Chocolate Stripes and Chocolate Shavings and they are addicting! We started by buying 1 box of 4 ($4.59) and ended up going back for 2 more boxes! You can find them at Boma or at The Mara.

Zebra Domes ($4.59)

4. The Rooms

Click here for the different room types and prices

We stayed in a DVC – Deluxe Studio Savanna View on the Sunset Savanna. There are few things in life quite as magical as waking up to see some zebras and giraffes grazing right outside your room.

Pro Tip: Request 1st or 2nd floor savanna view rooms. We were on the 4th floor and my only complaint was being too high up in comparison to the animals.

Deluxe Studio Savanna View (balcony view)

Our room was very spacious! We had a very large bathroom, a queen size bed, and a double sleeper sofa. It also includes a kitchenette with a small fridge and microwave. BUT, you’re really here for that balcony overlooking one of the many savanna’s on property! Other than actual time asleep, we undeniably spent more time out on the balcony than inside our room.

5. The Pools

  • Jambo House: Uzima Springs Pool and Uzima Pool Bar
Uzima Springs Pool
  • Kidani Village: Samawati Springs Pool and Maji Pool Bar
    • The pool area also includes Uwanja Camp, a water playground with 3 distinct zones to please kids of all ages.
    • I personally like Kidani’s pool and bar waaaay more. It is less crowded and the views are superior in my opinion.

6. The Activities

  • Jambo House Campfire Activities: roast marshmallows by the fire
    • Located at Arusha Overlook 7:00-8:00pm – 7 days a week
  • Movies Under the Stars: watch favorite Disney films by the Uzima Pool (Jambo House)
  • Hakuna Matata Playground: this awesome playground overlooks the flamingo area and savanna (Jambo House)
  • Arcades:
    • Pumbaa’s Fun and Games Arcade (Jambo House)
    • Safari So Good Arcade (Kidani Village)
  • Wild About Painting at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (Jambo House)
  • Spa & Fitness:
    • Zahanati Massage & Fitness Center (Jambo House)
    • Survival of the Fittest Fitness Center (Kidani Village)
  • Tennis & Basketball Courts (Kidani Village)
    • Sign out tennis racquets and basketballs at the Community Hall
  • Community Hall (Kidani Village):
    • Ping-pong
    • Video games
    • Billiards
    • Shuffleboard equipment
    • Grilling tools
    • You can also enjoy a variety of arts and crafts

Overall Rating: 9/10 – It really feels like you’re in an African Safari when you stay here, I really recommend this experience!

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