Giraffes at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • On Apr 4, 2023
    Ricki from AB Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Is there anywhere to eat where you can watch the giraffes? A savannah room is out of our budget but I'd love to be able to experience watching the giraffes around animal kingdom lodge. Any suggestions for meals or things to do if we visit the resort?

    Hi Ricki, 

    Welcome back to planDisney – it’s lovely to see you again!

    You happen to be asking a question about my absolute favourite Disney Resorts Collection hotel: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge! You see, this Resort is more than just the sum of its (beautiful) rooms overlooking one of its 4 Savannas: Uzima, Arusha, Sunset and Pembe. There are actually several Savanna observation locations all around the hotel, and all Guests can visit them. You’ll find these in both the Resort’s “main” section (called Jambo House) and the other dedicated Disney Vacation Club section, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village. It’s a very short (5-7 minute walk) between the two sections of the Resort. 

    In fact, Kidani Village is where you’ll find Sanaa, one of my Top 5 Disney Dining locations. Not only is the food delicious (I dream of their naan bread, regularly!) but you have an amazing view of the Sunset Savanna, including some of its most famous residents: the giraffes! I highly recommend that you book a dining reservation there, preferably before the sun sets to really get the most out of the view. When you check in for your reservation, be sure to request a table near one of the restaurant’s huge dome-shaped windows. 

    If a meal at Sanaa isn’t really your speed, don’t worry! You can also grab a snack or a drink at The Mara and enjoy them at any one of Jambo House’s Arusha Savanna viewing areas or grab a frosty drink and some nibbles at Maji Pool Bar at Kidani Village and snag a table near the Pembe Savanna. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled: you never know whether you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the elusive okapi! Don’t forget that you can also ask the Resort Concierge whether night vision goggles are available for you to get a better look at the animals, after dark. 

    In short, I really hope that you make time to visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge during your upcoming visit to Walt Disney World Resort. It really does feel like you’ve been transported to another world, miles away from the hustle and bustle of the Theme Parks. 

    As always, please don’t hesitate to come back and see us if you have any questions!

    Have a Magical Day, 

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Meet the Panelist: Lynne, Quebec

Hi, I’m Lynne from Montreal, Quebec, Canada! I’m a working mom who enjoys snuggles with my son and my husband, who has been my sweetheart since 1997. We’ve been lucky enough to experience several milestones in Walt Disney World, including our wedding and honeymoon in 2009. As Disney Vacation Club members, we often plan trips for large, and sometimes even multi-generational, groups to come and enjoy the fun with us. Learn More About Lynne

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