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Boma-Flavors of Africa is one of the table service restaurants located in Animal Kingdom Lodge at Disney World. As you might guess from the name, it is a buffet full of African flavors. Even though my son and I are both picky eaters, during our last few trips, it has become one of our favorite places to eat at Disney World. Read on to find out why Boma is a great place for your family to get adventurous with food.
Boma is an African-themed buffet-style restaurant. The restaurant’s decor has a lively African feel to it. There are pillars scattered around the restaurant that appear to be made out of stacked colored pots. Across the ceiling, you will find triangular pieces of African cloth. They look almost like sarongs that have been hung from the ceiling. All of it works together to create a cozy yet festive feel to the restaurant. It makes you feel like you are dining in a small African village.
You will find Boma in the Animal Kingdom Lodge inside of Jambo House. While it seems like it is remote and a long way from the parks, it doesn’t take long to get there. To get to Boma using Disney transportation, simply take an Animal Kingdom Lodge bus from any park or Disney Springs. It usually takes 20 minutes or less to get there from any park.
Boma is a great excuse to visit to Animal Kingdom Lodge. Once you’re there, you will realize how much the trip out there is worth it. The lobby of Jambo House is so jaw-dropping beautiful that it is a must-see. Plus, because Animal Kingdom Lodge sits on the savanna, going to Boma for dinner gives you the opportunity to walk out back and get a good view of the animals. It is the only place outside of riding Kilimanjaro Safaris to see some of them.
The food at Boma is delicious, although not all of it will appeal to picky eaters. We have eaten here several times, and I have never had a problem finding things that I enjoy eating. I always walk away full.
I like that Boma is a buffet, so I can taste and try new things without fear of hating my entire meal. So, I tend to get a few new things as well as some safer foods that I know I will like. I have found some things that I loved which I would have never ordered off of a menu. I’ve also tasted some things that I wasn’t fond of. My husband, on the other hand, loves all the food here. My son’s favorite thing to eat here are the “African noodles,” which are just penne pasta with marinara sauce. But, he thinks it is the best pasta sauce he’s ever eaten!
There are a lot of African foods on the buffet, such as mulligatawny, ghana tomato salad, fufu, and curried lamb stew. There are also a lot of basic foods such as roasted turkey, slow roasted pork ribs, mashed potatoes and salmon. Desserts range from Kenyan coffee tarts to apple cobbler.
Unlike some of the other Disney restaurants, Boma doesn’t have any entertainment in the restaurant. There are no characters, games, or singing. And, unfortunately, you can’t see any animals from inside the restaurant. But, eating at Boma does give you the chance to walk out the back door of Jambo House and enjoy looking at the animals on the savanna. There are zebras, giraffes, Watusi cattle, ostriches, and other animals grazing in the areas around the hotel. Many times, there will be a cast member or two in the viewing area to answer any questions you may have. And, unlike the safari ride in Animal Kingdom, you can watch the animals here for as long as you like without the crowds.
Disney Dining Plan/Cost
Boma is on the Disney Dining Plan. It will cost you one table service credit to eat here. Due to it being an all-you-can-eat buffet, we find that it is a good use of our dining credits. Because I’m so picky, I hesitate to eat at an African a la carte restaurant for fear that I won’t like anything on the menu. However, at Boma, I know that I will get my fill of food, even though I may try some things that I don’t like. So, it makes it a good use of credits while still allowing us to be a little adventurous with our food. If you are paying out-of-pocket, Boma will cost you around $15-35 per adult for breakfast and about $35-60 per adult for dinner. This price will include non-alcoholic drinks. You will need to make advance reservations in order to get into Boma. To make reservations, visit Disney’s website. Not sure if the Disney Dining Plan is right for you? Read about whether you should add it to your next trip.
In conclusion, Boma is a great choice if your family is looking for something a little different for dinner, but you worry about just how well you will actually like African food. It’s also a good choice if you have a mix of foodies and picky eaters in your party. By traveling out to Animal Kingdom Lodge, you will get a little adventure along with dinner if you take the time to explore the beautiful hotel and watch the animals out on the savanna. We always look forward to our dinner at Boma each trip. It is one of my son’s absolute favorite meals on property. In our minds, it is a great combination of good food and beautiful surroundings with a little exotic flair thrown in. I would highly recommend Boma to anyone looking for a good place to sit and enjoy a nice dinner at Disney World.
Have you eaten at Boma? Leave a comment with your thoughts. For more recommendations on Disney restaurants, see my posts on the best non-character restaurants for kids and ‘Ohana. For help planning your Disney trip, see my step-by-step guide, the best resources for Disney planning, and quick tips for planning your trip. Happy travels!