Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (AKL) is the most secluded of the Walt Disney World deluxe resorts. It is a breathtaking safari-themed hotel with approximately 43 acres of African savanna inspired, natural looking landforms and home to 200 animals and 130 birds. Read a full review of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort here.
Jambo House and Kidani Village are the two main buildings on property. The buildings are connected by a half-mile walking trail lined with tall reeds and flowering bushes.
Located in Jambo House, Boma–Flavors of Africa, is the most popular and only buffet-style restaurant at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Boma–Flavors of Africa is two floors down from the Jambo main lobby. Elevators are available as well as a beautiful grand staircase. At the base of the stairs, is a calming, rocky water feature and the entrance to Boma.
On our first visit, my daughters and I had advanced dining reservations for dinner and checked in at the hostess stand. The entire area was very crowded and there were only 2 small benches for seating. Most guests were standing shoulder-to-shoulder in the large, open walkway, which prevented others from checking in comfortably.
We stood in the noisy crowd until the hostess texted my cell phone and we were seated at our table. Even though the restaurant was jam-packed, our little table for 3 was off in a secluded corner and offered some reprieve from the chaos and chatter.
The floor at Boma is painted to look like dirt, mud and rocks, while the décor is reminiscent of a bustling African marketplace. Patterned fabrics, tribal paintings, wood carvings and draped, colorful prints fill the large and open dining room.
Even though the open dining room is enormous, the tables are placed deceptively close to one another. Because Boma is buffet-style, guests and children are constantly getting up and walking through the restaurant. The tables can accommodate large and small parties.
The single entrance buffet line was entirely too long, but once we encountered the delicious offerings, my daughters and I did not mind the wait.
A strong African influence is apparent just by the names on the food labels. While inching through the line, we took turns attempting to pronounce the unique dishes. I don’t think we were very successful, but it was entertaining.
The dinner menu consists of a rotation of robust house-made soups, such as butternut squash, Cape Malay Lamb stew, Ghanian oxtail stew, spicy Nigerian peanut soup, and chicken corn chowder. A large salad selection included watermelon rind salad, Tunisian couscous salad, apple jicama salad, pasta salad and lentil and heart of palm salad.
Main entrées were full of unique African flavors, as well as a few traditional offerings: pap and chakalaka, roasted salmon, hummus with bread, bobotie, pork ribs, beef sirloin, plantain crisps, Zulu cabbage, spiced sweet potatoes and mixed vegetables. There were multiple vegetarian dishes.
A children’s food section displayed the expected items like chicken nuggets and mac-n-cheese.
A large variety of desserts included guava panna cotta, apple cobbler, chocolate chip cookies and zebra domes.
Boma offers a full service bar and has an all South African wine selection.
Dinner was delicious. The buffet dishes were fresh, appropriately varied and flavorful. My daughters and I enjoyed trying the new, exotic dishes. In fact, we decided to make advanced dining reservations for breakfast the next morning while we were still sitting at our dinner table.
Breakfast was not as crowded as dinner and there was no line for the buffet, which had more traditional and familiar menu items and just a few unique African-inspired dishes.
The buffet offered African fruit fool, mixed assorted pastries, create-your-own yogurt, spinach-quinoa salad, omelets, pancakes, French toast bread pudding, breakfast ham, sweet plantains, oak grilled asparagus (my fav!) and of course, Mickey and Simba waffles! (YES! PLEASE)
A press pot with Kenyan coffee is served as well as a blend of passion, orange, and guava juices. Traditional beverages are also available.
Breakfast was top quality, hot and fresh and my daughters (ages 11 and 12) voted it our best Disney breakfast ever.
Ironically, we sat at the same quiet table for both meals.
The service at Boma–Flavors of Africa for both dinner and breakfast was superb and quite possibly the best we have encountered at a Disney buffet restaurant. Our waitresses were personable, friendly, attentive, and very quick to refill our beverages.
Quick family review for Boma:
Overall, both meals were top-notch at Boma–Flavors of Africa and we plan to make this restaurant a new Disney tradition.
Final Family Boma Suggestion:
Because breakfast and dinner were both delicious and very different, we recommend you try both meals! Dinner was very crowded and noisy, so avoid peak dining times and ask for a table away from the buffet line.
Breakfast is served 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Dinner is served 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
There is no lunch service at Boma. For a delicious lunch at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, I highly recommend Sanaa. Read a full review of Sanaa here.
Friend-to-Friend, I want you to know:
I highly, highly, highly recommend advanced dining reservations (ADR), especially for dinner at Boma. Yes, booking meals 180 days before you plan to eat is crazy, but do it. Just. Do. It
Advanced dining reservations are recommended for all table service restaurants at Walt Disney World and can be made online through My Disney Experience or by calling (407)-939-3463.
The current menu at Boma can be found on the Walt Disney World website under the “dining” tab. At the time of this post, this restaurant does not offer character dining and all meals are buffet-style.
Boma–Flavors of Africa breakfast pricing ranges from $15.00-$34.99 and dinner ranges from $35.00-$59.99. Yes, prices fluctuate at Disney according to season and crowd levels. Plan accordingly and discuss such changes with your wallet.
Operating hours for all Disney restaurants can change due to seasonal crowd levels and refurbishments.
Dress is casual.
Boma does accept the Disney Dining Plan and is considered one table service meal per guest.
If you have advanced dining reservations (ADR), you can park your vehicle in the self-parking lot free of charge.
Valet parking can cost between $20-$25.
Boma–Flavors of Africa is located inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort in the Jambo House building.
At the time of this post, there is no direct transportation between Disney resorts. The quickest and easiest way to travel to Boma from a Disney resort is to take Disney transportation to the Animal Kingdom theme park and then board the Disney bus to the Animal Kingdom Lodge. You can get off of the bus directly in front of Jambo House.
If you are at a Disney theme park, the best way to travel to Boma is to board a Disney transportation bus that is headed directly to the Animal Kingdom Lodge resort.
A theme park ticket is NOT required.
If you only learn one thing from my blog posts, I hope it is the fact that Disney changes every day. That is exactly why Disney is so popular–there is ALWAYS something new for junkies like me to experience! It is also why I always say everything is subject to change.