Spend the night in Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge © The Walt Disney Company

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge © The Walt Disney Company

Disney Vacation Guide to overnighting in Africa without leaving Central Florida

If you’ve ever dreamed of vacationing in Africa, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is about as close as you can get to an authentic safari without leaving North America. And with a stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, with its African-inspired architecture, indigenous African grasses and shrubs, and surrounding views of the savannah, you’ll have to continue to remind yourself that you’re in Florida.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

From Zebra and Okapi to Waterbuck and White-Bearded Wildebeest, more than 30 species of wildlife roam the 4 tropical savannas, amid thousands of indigenous African trees, shrubs and grasses. Step onto Arusha Rock for a scenic view of the 43 acres or watch wildlife graze from your balcony and several viewing sites throughout the hotel. If a savanna can’t be viewed from your room, go to the viewing areas near the savanna itself or at Sunset overlook, the pool, and the Kudu and Zebra trail. Join the sunrise and sunset safaris for up-close encounters.

Animals on the Savannah © The Walt Disney Company

Animals on the Savannah © The Walt Disney Company

LOCATION: Located in the Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

TIP: Don’t miss the nightly African storytelling by the firepit.

Save your appetite

There are two award-winning restaurants in the Animal Kingdom you won’t want to miss. There’s Jiko-The Cooking Place which features globally inspired dishes such as oven-baked garlic chicken tagine with grapefruit and banana leaf-steamed Chilean sea bass with asparagus puree, apples and mushrooms.   And then there’s Boma – Flavors of Africa where you can enjoy a mouthwatering buffet offering grilled meats and seafood, soups, salads, vegetarian dishes, African breads and a tantalizing selection of desserts.

Tell us…

When you’re traveling, do you prefer to stay at a hotel with a restaurant on the premises, or do you prefer the hunt of stretching your legs and finding a place slightly off the beaten path?