The Animal Kingdom Lodge at Walt Disney World
One of the most popular resorts at Walt Disney World is Animal Kingdom Lodge. The Lodge is truly unique. Disney has made ever effort to offer the guests of this hotel a real taste of Africa. Most of the rooms look out on the savannah where you regularly catch sightings of giraffes, zebras, wildebeests and any number of exotic birds. The hotels grounds and decorations offer a genuine sense of being in Africa.
The original lodge is referred to as Jambo House with a second resort next door dedicated to The Disney Vacation Club called Kadni Village. The architecture is inspired by the traditional African kraal, with the buildings horseshoe-curved design offering exquisite views of the lush savannas—where over 30 species of African wildlife freely roam. Take advantage of dazzling pool areas, exciting animal programs and all the comforts of home in spacious Studios and multi-bedroom Villas.
The two main restaurants Boma and Jico take great care to provide an authentic taste of African fare while still provide a refuge for more traditional pallets. In addition staffing at the hotel also brings in groups from Africa, usually for a year contract, to provide guests with insight into the cultures and environments of their home countries. During a stay you will find a number of special events from lectures to night-vision sessions watching the animals.
In addition Animal Kingdom Lodge is also a deluxe resort with the additional benefit of being located inside Walt Disney World with all it has to offer. Unfortunately it is also one of the highest priced hotels on the Disney property with a standard room normally priced between $500 and $600 a night – but still a lot cheaper than going to Africa.
For restaurants the family offering is Boma, a buffet restaurant offering a selection of “tastes” of Africa. Jico is the fine dining experience featuring food with an African heritage and a wine list of exclusively South African wines. There is also Sanaa next door at the attached Kadani Village Villas offering a menu of Indian cuisine while gazing thru windows onto the savanna.
One of Walt Disney Worlds most unique resorts offers views and cuisines of Africa with surprising luxury.