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Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Restaurants offer some of the best dining choices of all the Disney World Resort Hotels.

If you are spending some time at Walt Disney World and you want to experience something completely different you should consider visiting Animal Kingdom Lodge and checking out some of the dining options there.

There is nowhere else in North America that you can enjoy fine dining whilst looking out on a savannah that includes giraffes!

This Animal Kingdom Lodge restaurant article is updated for 2022 with prices correct in August 2022.

Discover all the best places to eat at Animal Kingdom Lodge.

What are the Different Restaurants at Animal Kingdom Lodge?

The first thing to note is that the Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge has two locations on the same resort property.

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The magnificent foyer of Animal Kingdom Jambo House

The larger of the two is Disney’s Animal Kingdom Jambo House. This was the first hotel to be built here and has:

  • Boma Flavors of Africa
  • Jiko – The Cooking Place
  • Cape Town Lounge and Wine Bar
  • The Mara
  • Victoria Falls Lounge
  • Uzima Springs Pool Bar

The other part of Animal Kingdom Lodge is Kidani Village. This has one full-service restaurant and a pool bar.

  • Sanaa
  • Sanaa Lounge
  • Maji Pool Bar

Animal Kingdom Lodge is an oasis of calm away from the Disney theme parks which only a few visitors know about.

Make sure you are one of them so you can take advantage of the fabulous restaurants and the overall ambiance of this very unique Disney World Resort.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Restaurant Guide

Dining at Animal Kindom Lodge is one of those things that you really ought to do at least once on your Disney World vacation.

Animal Kingdom Lodge is a bit out of the way compared to the other Disney World Resorts.

However, it is well worth a visit if you can fit it into your schedule.

The logical time to go is when you have been to the park and have had a day of enjoying the Animal Kingdom Rides.

Here is our guide to the best Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Restaurants. We think that the Animal Kingdom Resort Restaurants are some of the best in the whole of Walt Disney World.

All prices are correct and updated for August 2022 but are subject to change. The Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Restaurants prices do not include tax or gratuity.

The Disney Dining Plan is not being offered at the moment.

However, we do expect that it will return either in late 2022 or 2023. Therefore we have kept in the references to the Dining Plan where they are still relevant and will apply when it returns.

Boma Restaurant – One of the Best Buffets in Disney World

Boma was once one of Disney World’s best-kept secrets. What was once a little-known Disney dining restaurant option, Boma has now become one of the most popular of the Disney World Resort Restaurants.

Why?

It’s really a great restaurant. Good food, a great atmosphere, and although the location is a little out of the way, you can spend some time there just looking around the resort and viewing the animals.

The Boma-Flavors of Africa Animal Kingdom Lodge restaurant is truly unique. From the welcoming decor to the excellent food, we think that Boma is somewhere that you should have on your Disney restaurant bucket list.

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Boma in Animal Kingdom Lodge

Boma definitely has the award from us for being the best Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Restaurant. It’s a close call with Sanaa, but we think Boma still has the edge.

Disney’s Boma serves an all-you-care-to-eat breakfast and dinner.

The decor at Boma Animal Kingdom Resort Restaurant is beautifully themed. Solid, dark wood furniture coupled with brightly colored materials decorating the ceiling.

The decor makes Boma a very pleasant place to dine. It is loud and the tables are pretty close together, but the ambiance is upbeat and friendly.

Boma is located in the original Jambo House part of the Disney Animal Kingdom Resort Hotel. Either before or after your meal make sure to walk out to the savannah.

It is a truly special experience to catch sight of some of the wildlife. Disney Animal Kingdom Resort offers such a unique opportunity to see the animals.

Disney Boma Flavors of Africa Breakfast

If you are looking for a very ample, high-quality Disney buffet breakfast, we think that Disney’s Boma Breakfast is one of the best out there.

A Boma breakfast is not the place to meet with the characters. They don’t visit here. However, this helps to keep the price to a slightly more palatable level.

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The Open Kitchen in Disney’s Boma

The cost of a Boma-Flavors of Africa breakfast is $29 for adults and $17 for children aged 3 to 9.

Breakfast at Boma-Flavors of Africa is one credit on the Disney Dining Plan.

Even though for some, the cost of a Boma Breakfast will give you sticker shock, this is Disney World.

In our opinion, this is one of the best values of the Disney buffet breakfasts. There aren’t any characters, but the experience is fabulous.

However, if you are really trying to max out your Disney Dining Plan savings, Boma is not a good choice. This is because it is on the lower end of the cost of Disney breakfasts.

If you are not on the Disney Dining Plan, Boma is one of the best values of the Disney buffet breakfasts.

The Boma-Flavors of Africa breakfast menu gives you a choice of over 60 items. Some are the traditional breakfast fare that you would expect.

Eggs, pancakes, cereal, omelets, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pastries, and bread are available here.

If you want a traditional breakfast you will find it at Boma.

However, what makes the Boma breakfast unique is that you get a chance to try a lot of different breakfast foods.

Why not try a Disney Animal Kingdom Restaurant specialty? Turkey Bobotie is a Signature dish here at Boma as well as Tusker House in Animal Kingdom Park

What is Boma’s Bobotie? It is a bit like an English Shepherd’s Pie. It has highly flavored meat with an egg-based topping rather than potato. Certainly worth trying.

You may also sample the rather unattractively named Pap. This is one for trying in small amounts.

It is a mix of cornflour butter and water. It’s an African staple that is worth trying just to say you have.

Chakalaka is worth a taste too. This is a spicy vegetable-based relish. Try it on the side.

Another great feature of the Boma-Flavors of Africa breakfast is the expanded fruit collection. They have the usual favorites of melon, pineapple, and grapes. However, they also offer papaya and mango.

Boma Dinner Buffet

Our favorite is definitely the Boma dinner buffet. It is one of our favorite Disney dining experiences.

The price for the Boma dinner for adults is $49 and for children is $29.

This makes the Boma dinner one of the best-value Disney dining buffets.

The food at Animal Kingdom Boma is influenced by African flavors. You do have to be a little adventurous with your food to fully enjoy the Boma experience.

However, it also offers some standard American fare if you don’t want to try something new.

You have a choice of more than 75 different items at Animal Kingdom Lodge Boma. Things do change every day but there is always something great to try.

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Salad Selection at Boma

We particularly like the selection of soups and salads. We always have the Spicy Nigerian Peanut Soup and the Carrot Ginger Soup if it is available.

The Curry-Coconut Cauliflower Soup is also exceptional.

The selection of African bread and dips is always worth sampling too. The Lentils and Hearts of Palm Salad is another favorite.

There is a great selection of entrees with something always available at the Carving Station.

We love to pair the Nut Crusted Salmon with the Peanut Rice. The mashed potatoes are a must-have!

If you still have room for dessert you will definitely want to try the famous Zebra Domes. The Bread Pudding and the Guava Panna Cotta are pretty difficult to resist.

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Desserts a Disney Boma Including Zebra Domes!

Don’t worry about the kids. If they really don’t want to try something new there is a kid’s Boma buffet with the usual favorites. If they just want to eat the usual Mac and Cheese with Fries they can do that here.

The price of the buffet includes a non-alcoholic beverage. They have a good selection of South African wine and beer as well for an extra cost.

Animal Kingdom Lodge Victoria Falls Lounge

It’s really difficult to describe just how relaxing a place Animal Kingdom Lodge Jamba House is. It is truly a place of calm where you can relax.

If you don’t want to experience a full restaurant meal then the Victoria Falls Lounge then it is a great option to relax and experience Animal Kingdom Lodge ambiance.

Disney Victoria Falls Lounge
Animal Kingdom Hotel Victoria Falls Lounge

Disney Jiko – The Cooking Place

Disney’s Jiko The Cooking Place is also located inside the Jambo House of Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Thankfully Jiko is now open again, after a long hiatus! It really is one of the best fine dining restaurants in Disney World and the great thing is that you do not need a theme park ticket to dine here.

Jiko The cooking place restaurant
Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Jiko Restaurant

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We think this is one of the best Disney Signature Dining Restaurants. All Signature Dining Restaurants require two Disney Dining Plan Credits.

The decor at Animal Kingdom Jiko is spectacular. It is meant to evoke a feeling of dining outside under the stars on an African safari. The lighting changes as the evening goes on.

Look up and you will see a blue sky with birds. Look down on the floor and you will see a beautiful wooden floor with wheat sheaf inlay details.

The word “Jiko” literally means a kitchen or oven. The centerpiece of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Jiko restaurant is a huge traditional pizza-type stone oven.

The one thing which you would expect, but which Jiko doesn’t have, is a view. The only place to even look out of the window is the sidewall which overlooks a man-made water feature.

It is pleasant. However, it does nothing to rival the view from Sanaa as we will see later in this review.

Disney Animal Kingdom Jiko Restaurant Entree

The Animal Kingdom Jiko The Cooking Place menu changes frequently. However, here are some of the items which were available before it closed.

Appetizers start at $16 and rise to $19. Favorites include Grilled Wild Boar Tenderloin with Mealie Pap, Chakalaka, Truffle Oil, and Micro Cilantro for $19.

Jiko Salad is priced at $16 and is a tasty combination of Epcot Land Pavilion Greens, Seasonal Pears, Lemon Vinaigrette, and Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds.

Entrees at Disney’s Jiko start at $38 for a vegetarian dish and range up to $54 for the Oak Grilled Filet Mignon with four cheese macaroni Rainbow Cauliflower and Chocolate-Red Wine Demi-glace

If fish is more your thing you should try the Seafood Tangine for $47. It hasSaffron-scented Couscous, Prawns, Scallops, Squid, and Littleneck Clams.

TheBotswanan Seswaa Short Rib with Parsnip Silk has Slow-cooked Beef Short Rib, Hominy, Sea Peas, Mushrooms, and Carrots for $50.

Like many of the Disney Signature Restaurants, Jiko The Cooking Place has a section of the menu devoted to “Enhancements”.

This isn’t just another term for side dishes. The Enhancements are not the usual vegetable selection of sides. It includes such things as Bobotie Macaroni & Cheese for $17 and Mozambique Peri Peri Prawns for $21.

You really should leave room for a Jiko dessert. The African Drum ‘Beets’ dessert is a favorite. This is a combination of Coconut-Strawberry-Beet Mousse, Chocolate Cake, Candied Beets, and Balsamic Strawberries. All for $14.

If you want to try something a bit different why not choose the Malva Pudding which is Melktart ice cream, Kataifi, Kanu tuile, and cabernet gelee for $13.

Jiko is also known for its excellent African wine list. It is one of the finest collections in North America so you really should indulge in an exceptional wine to accompany your dinner at Jiko.

The Jiko dress code is the same as with all Disney World Signature Restaurants. Use your common sense.

You do not need to wear a dress or a suit and tie. However, you should not arrive in shorts and flip-flops either. Jeans are permitted if they are “in good condition”.

Here is Disney’s Official Policy

Cape Town Lounge and Wine Bar

This is a very stylish and relaxing bar located close to Jiko – The Cooking Place.

It has a very extensive selection of wines from South Africa. It is a great place to have a glass of wine and an appetizer before dining at Jiko.

You can see the Wine Menu Here.

Jiko Wine Tasting

Jiko Wine Tasting is a highly recommended thing to do if you are visiting Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge. This is one of the little-known extra activities that you can do at Animal Kingdom Lodge.

RIGHT NOW THE JIKO WINE TASTING IS NOT AVAILABLE – WE WILL UPDATE THIS WHEN IT RETURNS

Jiko Wine Tasting used to take place each Wednesday afternoon from 3 pm to 4 pm. This event is very popular so if you want to do the Wine Tasting at Jiko you have to book ahead.

The Jiko Wine Tasting used to cost $25 plus tax and tip. You used to be given 3 wines to taste with 3 different kinds of cheese. It’s a fun thing to do and highly recommended when it returns.

The Mara Quick Service

If you are just looking for counter service in Animal Kingdom Lodge, then head to The Mara.

Located just a few steps away from the hotel pool, you will find the usual selection of Disney hotel counter service items.

The Mara

There is one very special item that you will find here and nowhere else (apart from Boma). The infamous Zebra Domes!

Breakfast choices include Savanna Platter with Scrambled Cage-free Eggs, Waffle, Potatoes, Bacon, and Sausage for $12.99 and Mickey Waffles Served with Mixed Berries, Whipped Cream, and choice of Bacon or Sausage for $10.49.

For dinner, the Marrakesh Falafel Platter is a good choice for $11.99. The Mara offers a good range of options including a Cheeseburger for $11.99 and a Cheese Flatbread for $10.99.

There are lots of snacks and drinks available too.

Uzima Springs Pool Bar

The Jambo House also has the Uzima Springs Pool Bar located right next to the zero-entry swimming pool.

This poolside bar serves all the usual favorites and some specialty cocktails ranging in price from $14.

Uzima Springs Pool Bar
Uzima Springs Pool Bar

The African Sunset has Cruzan Mango Rum and African Starr Rum, blended with Mango and Strawberry Purée for $16. The Banana Cabana is $15 and has Cruzan Mango Rum, Parrot Bay Coconut Rum, Bols Crème de Banana, Orange, and Pineapple Juices with a float of Grenadine.


Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Sanaa

If you didn’t know that Disney Animal Kingdom Sanaa restaurant existed, you are highly unlikely to stumble upon it.

It is located in the Kidani Village part of the Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Sanaa has the dubious distinction of perhaps being the most remote of any of the Disney World Restaurants.

Disney Sanaa Restaurant
Disney Sanaa Restaurant

Disney Sanaa is hidden away in the Kidani Village part of Animal Kingdom.

A little out-of-the-way it may be, but a trip to Disney Animal Kingdom Resort Sanaa is well worth it. Not just because Sanaa has great food.

The view from the restaurant is breathtaking. The huge picture windows ensure that you will be able to watch the animals go by as you dine.

The view over the savannah in Sanaa restaurant is certainly unique. Where else in North America can you dine and watch giraffes just feet away from you?

sanaa restaurant animal view
Disney Sanna View!

Sanaa serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

It is kind of an afterthought as a breakfast location for Disney World unless you are staying in Animal Kingdom Lodge, but it really shouldn’t be.

This is one of the best times to see the animals out of the huge window at the side of the restaurant.

It is a great place for breakfast if you are going to Disney Animal Kingdom for the day.

The menu at Sanaa is African and Indian-inspired. The servers are very good and will listen to your preferences if you do not like your food overly spicy. Most of the dishes are very flavorful rather than just highly spiced.

Breakfast at Sanaa has some slightly different options but if you like your start to the morning rather more conventional you will be fine here.

Don’t worry about the kids at Animal Kingdom Sanaa. There is the usual Kids Menu with Mickey Check Meals.

They can choose something different if they want, but there is always good old mac and cheese or pizza as a standby.

Sanaa Quick Service Breakfast

Breakfast at Sanaa is served from 7 until 10 am every morning. You order your meal at the register and then go and find a table.

Obviously, the most sought-after tables at Sanaa are close to the window. If you want to increase your chances of getting a window table go-to breakfast as close to 7 am as you can.

The food is brought to your table. The selection is good with your usual favorites with a slight twist.

A popular choice is the Boere Breakfast which is two cage-free eggs of any style, tomato chutney, Tanzanian hash browns, Boerewors sausage, bacon, and a corn Johnny cake for $12.99.

A more traditional choice is the Shahi Tukra French Toast which is topped with Saffron-scented Sultana Raisins, Whipped Chai Cream, and Almonds and priced at $9.99.

The Methi Paratha Wrap is a reasonable $9.99 and has Scrambled Eggs, Potatoes Masala, Gouda, Chermoula, and Papaya Achar served in a wrap.

If you aren’t that hungry at breakfast time there are some lighter items such as fruit and oatmeal.

Sanaa Lunch and Dinner Menu

Lunch is served from 11.30 until 3 pm. Dinner is served from 5.30 to 9 pm. Lunch has a smaller menu than dinner.

The big advantage of lunch at Sanaa is that it will be light outside so you will get a great view of the animals.

The most sought-after tables are the ones right next to the window. However, you can see the savannahs from most places in Animal Kingdom Resort Sanaa Restaurant.

If you dine at Sanaa you really must try the Indian-style Bread Service. You have a choice of different types of Naan Bread and dips. It is great to share with the table and you can get all the dips for $21.

Disney Sanaa Indian Bread Service Dips
Disney Sanaa Indian Bread Service Dips

The Samosas are also a great option at $10. They are plant-based Potato and Pean Samosas with tamarind and Mango Chutney.

Entrees on the Sanaa dinner menu range from $22 to $36.

The Grilled New York Strip at $36 is perhaps the most familiar dish on the menu. If you want to try something a little different why not go for the Zanzibari Vegetable Curry with Chicken for $25?

The African Inspired Zanzibari Vegetable Curry with Shrimp is a great tasting option for $28 for dinner.

Perhaps the most decadent dessert is the African Triple Mousse. This is Manjari 64% dark chocolate of Madagascar, Jivara milk chocolate, Ivoire white chocolate, chocolate biscuit, and strawberries for $8.

The Serradura is also a delicious combination of Butterscotch Pudding, Almond Coffee Streusel, Pineapple, Mango, and Breton Shortbread for $7.

Disney Sanaa Lounge

The Sanaa Lounge is another great place to relax inside Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village. It is a relaxing place to sample some fabulous South African wine or beer.

Disney Sanaa Lounge
Disney Sanaa Lounge

One of the best features is that you can get the Indian Style Bread Service here for $17. This really is enough to share and if you just want to relax after a day at the parks, the Sanaa Lounge really is a good option.

Wine flights are available for a reasonable $17 and upwards. Cocktails are around $14.

Disney Wine Flight
Sanna Wine Flight at Animal Kingdom Lodge

The Salad Sampler for $9 is also a good option for a small plate in the Sanaa Lounge. The salads are Chickpeas with Cucumber and Tomato, Watermelon, Cucumber and Fennel, Nigerian Root Vegetable and Citrus.

As you would expect, Sanaa Lounge serves some interesting cocktails. You have to try the Malawi Mango Margarita. This is a frozen blend of Tequila, Van der Hum Tangerine Liqueur, Mango Purée, and Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice.

Dine With An Animal Care Specialist


Do you want to learn more about the animals in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge? A great chance to meet with and talk to one of the very knowledgeable animal keepers whilst enjoying a 4-course lunch at Sanaa.

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The Dine With an Animal Care Specialist runs every day at 11 am at Sanaa.

It is limited to just 12 participants so everyone gets a chance to talk to the specialist and ask whatever questions they want to. Children aged 8 and up are welcome.

The party is seated at a large table near the picture windows so everyone will get a great view of the animals.

The first two courses are served family-style. The Indian Bread Service is offered first. Then a Selection of Salads follows. The entrees vary, but there is always a vegan and a vegetarian option.

The Dine with An Animal Specialist experience lasts around 3.5 hours and is excellent for anyone wanting to learn more about how the animals are cared for.

Jiko v Sanaa

If you can only choose either Jiko or Sanaa which should you choose? Guests often ask this, but forget that Jiko is considerably more expensive than Sanaa.

Jiko is a Signature Dining Experience, but Sanaa just takes one full-service dining credit when the Disney Dining Plan is in operation.

We think that Sanaa offers better value than Jiko, but the food is not as good. It is very difficult to compare because Jiko is in general much higher priced than Sanaa.

Disney World boma
Disney World Boma

For an Animal Kingdom Hotel restaurant with a view, you really can’t beat the experience at Sanaa.

Animal Kingdom Lodge Culinary Tour

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is a fascinating place to just look around and soak in the amazing architecture and attention to detail. A little-known Disney secret is that anyone can sign up for the Animal Kingdom Lodge Culinary Tour.

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A guide will take you around Boma and Jiko pointing out the architectural details and talking about the food.

You do not get to talk to the chefs or try any of the food – but this is a great free tour and well worth it if you are spending time at Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge.

You do not need to be a guest to sign up for the Animal Kingdom Lodge Culinary Tour. Just meet at the Check-in Desk at Animal Kingdom Lodge a little before 4 pm. Tours run every day.

Maji Pool Bar at Animal Kingdom Kidani Village

If you are staying at Kidani Village the Maji Pool Bar is a good option for drinks and snacks at the resort swimming pool.

Why Maji? It is Swahili for “water”.

The Maji Pool Bar Menu has some very varied options and is a good choice if you are at the resort pool. Kidani Village does not have a Quick Service location.

Some of the choices include the Kenya Coffee Barbecued Sandwich which is priced at $10.99 and has Spiced-rubbed Pulled Pork served on a Brioche Bun.

You can get a Caesar Salad for $10.99 or a Hot Dog for $11.99.

You can see the full menu here.

How To Get To Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Hotel is a little out of the way from the main areas of Walt Disney World.

It is close to Animal Kingdom Park, but there is no walking path from there.

The only way to reach Disney’s Animal Kingdom is by car or bus. If you have your own car and have Advance Dining Reservations for one of the Animal Kingdom Resort Restaurants, you can park for free in the parking lot.

Jambo House is the first building you will come to. If you are heading to Kidani Village it is a short drive further on.

You can also take a Disney Parks Transportation bus to Animal Kingdom. There are no direct buses between hotels.

If you are traveling from a Disney Resort to the Animal Kingdom your best plan is to take a bus to either Disney Springs or The Transport and Ticket Center. You can get a bus to the Animal Kingdom Resort from there.

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Christy

Saturday 21st of November 2020

We stayed at Kidani Village at Animal Kingdom Lodge 11/13-11/17/2020. As of that weekend, the only restaurant open between Kidani Village and Jambo was Sanaa. And, the only gift/sundry shop open between the two resorts was Johari Treasures at Kidani. So those two little spots were trying to serve everyone staying in both resorts. It was nuts. We were very disappointed, especially when we learned that twice the options are open at Poly and Grand Floridian. There’re were some very angry people standing in line on a Saturday night trying to get into the gift shop for a frozen meal or pre-made sandwich because Mobile Ordering (at 7:30pm) for Sanaa was no longer taking any orders.

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