Intertwined with Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas, set among a 43-acre wildlife preserve. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas- Kidani Village is an African lodge-style resort located next door to the main lodge, Jambo House, and they share the preserve. The architecture in both lodges is inspired by South African game reserve lodges and both offer expansive views of the surrounding savanna and its many animal inhabitants. There are real African artifacts in the lobbies that bring you the spirit of Africa. Wildlife specialists are on hand to help answer your questions about the animals. While Kidani Village is made up entirely of studios and villas, Jambo House is comprised of both the regular Animal Kingdom Lodge resort rooms and the studios/villas. While similar in style and theme, Jambo House offers a grander design while Kidani Village offers a more intimate setting. A walking path connects Jambo House and Kidani Village, and internal shuttle transportation is also available. Amenities are shared between the two lodges, and guests have access to both pools, animal viewing areas and other features.
Guests can gaze out at over 30 species of wildlife from viewpoints around the resort or even from the comfort of their balconies. The 33-acre savanna is home to over 200 animals and birds, including zebras, giraffes, gazelles, kudu and flamingos. You can identify each species with a Wildlife Field Guide found in your Guest Room. You can also learn more about African animals and ecosystems in fun programs led by Animal Specialists at the resort. The savanna these animals call home are special areas built specifically for Animal Kingdom Lodge and are separate from Disney’s nearby park, Animal Kingdom.
There are two authentic, award-winning, African inspired restaurants at Jambo House: Jiko – The Cooking Place, a Signature dining restaurant, is open for dinner. Boma – Flavors of Africa, has a breakfast and dinner buffet with African inspired cuisine and vegetarian options. Quick-service dining is available at The Mara. Kidani Village hosts Sanaa, which brings the art of African cooking with Indian flavors, as exotic animals roam the Sunset Savanna before you.
At Kidani Village is Samawati Springs Pool, surrounded by Floridian palms and large canopy trees. There is a 128-foot-long waterslide, 2 whirlpool spas and a gently sloping, zero-depth entry pool similar to that of a natural beach. Kids of all ages can explore Uwanja Camp, next to the pool, a themed water playground including gentle geysers, a squirting flower garden, water cannons and more! At Jambo House is the Uzima pool, an 11,000-square-foot zero-depth entry pool offering a 67-foot-long slide. In addition to the feature pool, there is a children’s wading pool, the high tech Pumbaa’s Arcade, and the Hakuna Matata playground.