Giraffes at Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • On Feb 17, 2022
    Lori from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I am planning my stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge. Last trip Savannah view, I couldn't see any giraffe and was so disappointed. I want to know what is the best savannah view room specifically for giraffe, and what floor/locaiton and Jambo or Kidani.

    Jambo, Lori! Welcome to planDisney! I'm so excited that you've stopped by with your vacation planning question!

    Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of my very favorite Resort hotels in all of Walt Disney World Resort! You are immediately transported to a beautiful African village on the savanna from the moment you arrive. The theming is second to none, the dining is the best around, the Resort activities are seemingly endless, and nothing beats watching the wildlife roam while sipping your morning coffee or an evening glass of wine on your balcony. The exotic animals on the savanna are the star of this amazing show, so I'm happy to help you find your best savanna view for your upcoming wild adventure!

    Between Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Jambo House and Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village, there are four different savannas: Uzima, Arusha, Pembe, and Sunset Savannas. As far as I know, all of these, except the Pembe Savanna on the far North Trail of Kidani Village, have giraffes. My favorite savanna is the Sunset Savanna for its variety and abundance of animal activity, including giraffes, and while this savanna can be viewed from rooms along the Kudu Trail at Jambo House, my favorite views are from Kidani Village. Since the Disney Vacation Club Villas at Jambo House are located on the 5th and 6th floors and the Villas are on every floor of Kidani Village, if you are staying in DVC accommodations, you can get more up-close views of the animals from the lower floors of Kidani Village. 

    The first time my family and I stayed in a Savanna View room at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village, we were on the third floor facing the Sunset Savanna, and I was blown away by the view from the moment we walked into the room. There were two giraffes and three zebras just roaming around right outside of our balcony, and we just could not get over how amazing it was. We joked that we hoped no one nearby was napping; because my daughter was excitedly screaming, "GIRAFFFFFFE! Looooook!" That is one of my all-time favorite Disney memories.

    While the animals are roaming freely and therefore unpredictable, in my opinion, the best place for great views of giraffes is the Sunset Savanna at Kidani Village, so, I would suggest booking a stay in a Savanna View Villa at this fabulous Resort. While room requests are not a guarantee, I'd recommend requesting a lower to mid-floor room near the lobby or on the South Trail, to avoid views of the Pembe Savanna and increase your chances of having breakfast with some adorable giraffes. Now, THAT is the way to start your wild Disney day!

    Whether you are staying at Jambo House or Kidani Village, be sure to snap a picture of the Resort Activities list located near the lobby when you arrive! There are SO many incredible animal-centric activities at these Resorts and having a photo of the recreation schedules on your mobile device is so easy and convenient! No matter what view you have from your room, there are ample opportunities to get fantastic views of the wildlife, and you are sure to have a ROARING good time!

    Lori, I am wishing you the wildest and most magical upcoming vacation at The Most Magical Place on Earth! Please stop by any time with any of your vacation planning questions.

    I hope to see ya real soon,

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Meet the Panelist: Mandy, Louisiana

I'm Mandy - Louisiana girl, wife, Mommy and lover of all things Disney. Walt Disney World Resort is my family's happy place, and our vacations are equal parts rope-drop thrilling and poolside chilling. For us, the best things in life aren't things at all, and we believe in investing in experiences and making magical memories together. Our Disney Vacation Club Membership has been our investment into a lifetime of unforgettable family fun. It's our key to the magic, and I can't wait to help you unlock yours! Learn More About Mandy

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