Top 5 Differences Between Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Jambo House and Kidani Village

Animal Kingdom Lodge offers a unique experience, a luxurious stay while immersed in African culture and surrounded by live African wildlife. This resort is also unique in that it has two separate sections: Jambo House and Kidani Village!

Jambo House is home to the resort’s main lobby, the Uzima Pool, Zwadi Marketplace gift shop, villas and standard rooms, and a majority of the resort’s restaurants.

Kidani Village is different in that it offers only DVC Villas, as well as its own lobby, the Johari Treasures gift shop, the popular Sanaa restaurant, and its own pool and splash area for kids.

Despite the fact that these two sections make up on resort, they are different and offer different experiences; and today, I’m listing the top 5 differences between Jambo House and Kidani Village!

5. Privacy-Kidani Village offers only DVC Villas, and villas cater to families who really want to live like they are at home while on vacation. As a result, the lobby and atmosphere of Kidani Village is quieter and more private.

4. Pools-Jambo House has one of the most popular pools at Disney World, the large, zero-entry Uzima pool; but Kidani Village has its own pool, Samawati Springs, with a fun splash area for kids!

3. Variety-Jambo House tends to offer more variety in comparison to Kidani Village. For example, there is more variety in the shopping and dining; but there is also more variety in the room choices as some DVC Villa options are offered, as well as standard rooms. Meanwhile, at Kidani Village, there are only DVC Villas available, all though there are several sizes to choose from. Check out a view inside of one here!

2. Lobby-Kidani Village has a small, intimate lobby offering a view of the savanna; but since Jambo House is home to Animal Kingdom Lodge’s main lobby, this section of the resort has the biggest lobby and it is one of the most spectacular in all in Walt Disney World! Jambo House’s lobby has high ceilings, a thatched roof, chandeliers that resemble tribal shields, and a massive window that opens up to the savanna and its wildlife!

1. Dining-When it comes to a good meal, Kidani Village offers only Sanaa, a popular table service restaurant. Since DVC Villas have a kitchen, or at least a kitchenette, many guests have the means to cook for themselves and some groceries are available at the gift shop. However, Jambo House offers more dining opportunities, such as two table service restaurants, Boma and Jiko. Also, Jambo House has The Mara, a counter service restaurant that is similiar to a cafeteria.

What differences have you noticed between Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Jambo House and Kidani Village during your stay? Which one do you prefer?

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Savannah has been visiting Disney World since before she could walk and it is still her favorite vacation destination. Today, she is a history teacher and girls basketball coach in Illinois who spends her spare time writing about Disney on A Glass Slipper Vacation, a site she and her mom created to share their knowledge and passion for Disney.

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