When enjoying a Walt Disney World Resort vacation, Guests have virtually endless dining options to choose from that include everything from quick-service meals to signature dining experiences and can be found throughout the entire property. Some of the best dining options can be found at the Disney Resorts, with each boasting its own themes and menus to create unique experiences for Guests.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of the most beautiful Disney hotels at the Walt Disney World Resort and brings the beauty and culture of Africa to life through a massive main lobby and rooms that overlook a savanna brimming with animals. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is broken down into two areas, with Jambo House serving as the main building and Guest accommodations and Kidani Village being a smaller and more intimate cluster of buildings nearby with Disney Vacation Club accommodations.
Inside Jambo House, Guests can enjoy a massive lobby with soaring ceilings, vibrant artwork and chandeliers, massive windows overlooking the savanna, and several dining options. One of the Disney Resort’s most popular dining locations is the table service Boma – Flavors of Africa, which can be found right off of the main lobby next to Victoria Falls Lounge and the quick service location The Mara.
Boma – Flavors of Africa first opened in 2001 with the Jambo House, but has quickly gained popularity with Guests for its vibrant interior and unique menu, which serves up specialty items that cannot be found anywhere else at the Walt Disney World Resort. Open daily for breakfast and dinner, the restaurant is an unforgettable experience that all Guests must enjoy at some point.
The interior of Boma – Flavors of Africa is themed to feel like a bustling African marketplace, with vaulted thatched roofs, wooden beams tied together with rope, hanging lanterns casting a soft glow, and vibrant patterns and colors found on the booth seating, as well as each tabletop. There are also subtle details throughout the space that help to bring the charm of African culture to life, including fabric artfully draped on display above, carved columns that resemble drums, and wooden elements that are used cleverly as dividers.
Boma – Flavors of Africa is a buffet meal, and the buffet area spans a large portion of the restaurant, with each station designed to feel like a marketplace booth serving up unique offerings. Each spot features curved roofing with shingles and many are situated in front of onstage kitchen areas where Guests can watch the chefs prepare delicious meals.
One of the most charming aspects of Boma – Flavors of Africa is the collection of intricately carved wooden animals that are on display between the seating area and the buffet stations. Every animal has a beautiful amount of detail and Guests should absolutely take their time checking out each unique creation.
The menu for both breakfast and dinner at Boma – Flavors of Africa focuses on traditional flavors and ingredients from over fifty countries in Africa, in addition to some favorite American options, making it ideal for a group of Guests including both adventurous and picky eaters.
Before checking out the buffet options, Guests can peruse extensive beverage menus featuring non-alcoholic specialties like Watermelon Lemonade, Kenyan Coffee Press Pot, Grapefruit Spritzer, and Sparkling No-Jito. Those looking to enjoy an alcoholic beverage with their meal can try a variety of wine, beer, and specialty cocktails with options including the Boma Sunrise, ‘Damu’ Mary, Espresso Martini, Safari Driver, and Tangerine Kir Royale.
After ordering a beverage and settling into their tables, Guests are invited to take their first trip to the buffet area and begin their delicious meal. It’s worth noting that both breakfast and dinner are all-you-care-to-enjoy feasts, so Guests should be sure to pace themselves so that they can enjoy as many delicious offerings as possible!
Breakfast at Boma – Flavors of Africa includes a variety of typical options including fresh pastries and muffins, Cinnamon Rolls, Sticky Buns, Mickey Waffles, and Pancakes that Guests can customize with a selection of jams, spreads, butters, and more.
Guests who are looking for a more savory start to the day can visit an onstage carving station where friendly chefs are waiting to thinly slice decadent and juicy meats. Guests can dig into options like traditional Carved Ham, as well as classic breakfast selections like bacon, sausage, and more.
There is also a custom omelet station where Guests can select from several made-to-order options that are bursting with flavor. Some of the savory and delicious omelet selections available each day for breakfast at Boma – Flavors of Africa include Ham and Swiss, Egg White with Roasted Red Peppers, Spinach, and Feta, Western with Ham, Peppers, Onions, and Cheddar, and a Plant-based Bobotie option.
Eggs are given a decadent spin with the option of Deviled Eggs with Smoked Salmon which are the perfect little bites of flavor and savory goodness to accompany any other buffet selections each morning.
Guests who prefer sweet options for breakfast can dig into an indulgent Cinnamon-Raisin Bread Pudding or Coconut Steel-cut Oatmeal, which is a healthy, yet delightfully sweet, beginning to any morning. Also available are a variety of Yogurt Parfaits and fresh fruit, including a tasty blend that creates an Avocado, Papaya, and Grapefruit Salad.
The final buffet offering available for breakfast at Boma – Flavors of Africa is Turkey Bobotie which is a traditional dish from South Africa with a base of spiced, minced meat topped with eggs. The Turkey Bobotie is the perfect savory breakfast option, with flavorful meat topped with hearty eggs that are sure to fuel Guests up for long days in the Disney Parks.
Dinner at Boma – Flavors of Africa takes on a much more indulgent and savory buffet, where Guests can truly stuff themselves on some unique and completely delicious offerings that cannot be found elsewhere at the Walt Disney World Resort. Like breakfast, the meal can begin with an assortment of fresh pastries and breads that can be customized with various butters and spreads, as well as fresh Pita with Hummus and Coriander.
A great first plate to enjoy from the dinner buffet can feature a selection of flavorful salads and starches with options like Berbere-Chickpea Salad, Tabbouleh, North African Cauliflower Salad, Tunisian Couscous and Shrimp Salad, and Peanut Rice.
Guests can also accompany any dinner buffet selection with fresh vegetable sides including the decadent Macaroni & Cheese, Spiced Green Beans with Golden Raisins, Black-Eyed Peas with Greens and Chakalaka, Sweet Corn Pudding, and Olive Oil Herbed-crushed Potatoes.
The true star of the dinner buffet is the carving and protein station, where Guests can dig into a wide selection of expertly prepared meats that are thinly carved and bursting with flavor thanks to a blend of African spices. Guests will absolutely find themselves returning for several plates with options like Lamb Bobotie, Oak Roast Pork Ribs, Durban Rotisserie Chicken, African Spiced Beef Striploin, and Senagalase Yassa-style Salmon.
With so many incredible dinner options, it can be extremely hard to save room for dessert at Boma – Flavors of Africa, but Guests definitely need to try thanks to a selection of delicious bites. Guests can sample several delicate and indulgent pastry and chocolate options, each one featuring its own unique flavor profile with chocolate, fruit, spices, and more.
One dessert option that Guests absolutely have to try is the Zebra Domes, which are small rounds with an Amarula Cream Liqueur mousse center, white chocolate shell, and chocolate drizzle to give the appearance of a zebra’s stripes. They are one of the most unique dessert options offered at a Disney Resort and worth the trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge alone!
Boma – Flavors of Africa found in the Jambo House of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is a truly wonderful table service restaurant where Guests can enjoy the perfect combination of African cuisine and vibrant theming. With a buffet-style setup, no Guest will ever leave Boma – Flavors of Africa hungry!