Sanaa is known for their naan bread service and it’s definitely worth a couple of extra bucks to upgrade to the 5 breads of choice with EVERY sauce versus just three sauces. The sauces, which include Cucumber Riata, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Mango Chutney, Tomato-Date Jam, Tamarind Chutney, Coriander Chutney, Garlic Pickle, Red Chile Sambal, and Spicy Jalapeño-Lime Pickle, were all so delicious and plated in order of spice level.
*The naan is offered in vegan and gluten-free varieties too! Just ask!
The menu is also filled with authentic Indian and South African dishes such as tandoori, curry, dahl, aloo dishes, and African-inspired Biryani, to name a few. Everything we tasted was packed with flavor and outrageous!
As if the food wasn’t enough of a reason to visit, the restaurant overlooks the Sunset Savanna, so basically you’re dining with giraffes, zebras, ostrich, and more! How cool?!! This didn’t get old our entire meal!
Definitely take a trip outside the restaurant too…
We really enjoyed relaxing on the balcony, just rocking in wooden chairs and watching the animals below. If you know me you know I’m not one to just sit, especially while out of town, especially with rides and such just down the road calling my name, but here I did, and I LOVED it!! I definitely felt like I was somewhere much more exotic than Orlando… and couldn’t get enough!!
I highly recommend leaving some time to just explore the grounds. Usually, we spend very minimal time at our resort but we felt this one deserved adequate time for exploring. We left a half a day (which we felt was enough) upon arrival to simply unwind and take it all in!
There’s a lot to do just in the resorts alone. In addition to movie nights, an awesome pool, and nightly bonfires, there are various stations set up throughout the resort lobbies where the kiddos can earn cool beads for necklaces they will be given each time they complete a lesson.
The staff who run the lessons all hail from different regions around the world and are very eager to not only welcome you to Animal Kingdom Lodge but proudly teach you about their country and traditions!
Geography –Drumming-Sports-It’s absolutely worth it to venture to both buildings, as they’re each so uniquely stunning and exciting.
Here’s a peek at the other building, Jambo House…
Don’t miss walking across the bridge on the 3rd floor that overlooks the entire lobby!The Animal Kingdom was exceptional, absolutely kid-friendly, even without characters, and totally splurge-worthy if you’ll take the time to enjoy it!
Rawr! XOX, Sar