Today I’m going to share our experience with our resort, Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House. For your reference, we stayed in room 5229 on the Kudu Trail overlooking the Arusha Savannah.
We stayed in a 1 bedroom villa which had a room with a king bed then a living room/kitchen area with a pull out sofa (double bed) and a pull out chair (twin bed). The room also came with a washer/dryer and the kitchen included everything we would need such as a fridge, dishwasher, microwave, dishes, silverware, etc. The room also had a huge balcony that you could access from the living room and the bedroom. There was one bathroom in the villa accessible from a hall between the living room and bedroom with a whirlpool tub/shower combo and double sinks.
From the front door entering the room
Other side of the bedroom
Kitchen table and tv in the living room
Our room was very nice and provided plenty of space for our family. We were very pleased with the cleanliness of the room as well as all of the furnishings. Our kids slept on the pull out furniture. The living room got tight on space with both of them pulled out but we only had it like that for sleeping so it wasn’t a problem. Our room was sided on one side by a viewing opening in the hallway so we only had another room on one side (the living room/kitchen side). Despite that we never heard anyone else in rooms on the side of us or above or below us. The only downside of our room location was that there wasn’t an elevator extremely close to our room. We ended up using the main elevator in the lobby and then walking around to our room. Overall, a very minor detail.
The most spectacular part of Animal Kingdom Jambo House is the view. As soon as we walked in to our room the kids rushed to the balcony and were amazed at the giraffes and other animals right outside our room, we knew then that this was the perfect resort for us. The following are all views from our balcony.
Throughout our trip the balcony continued to be one of the things that the kids loved the most. I think they might have been content to simply stay in our room and watch the animals all day every day.
During our trip we saw lots of different animals in the Savanna. Tons of giraffes, kudus, red river hogs, and other animals that I never figured out what they were. Our kids wanted to say good night to the animals the last thing each night and their first question each morning was if they could go outside and see the animals. There was a feeding place almost right in front of our room and they enjoyed seeing the animals eat. The hogs were also digging lots of tunnels right in front of our room. And we were all amazed to see that giraffes sit down and lean their long necks against a tree to sleep. It’s pretty amazing getting to watch animals at night with the special lighting in the Savanna’s.
As you would expect in a Disney resort, the whole resort is decorated in theme. Since we were there right before Christmas that included a four story+ Christmas tree decorated in an African/Safari theme!
The transportation available from Jambo House is by bus or car only. And all buses service both Animal Kingdom lodges (Kidani Village is the other one) which adds a few minutes onto your travel time either coming or going depending on the bus route. I think most of the times that we were on the bus we found that the buses dropped off at Kidani Village first and so picked up at Jambo House last.
Charlotte and Jason had lots of fun at the big pool at the resort. It had a wading area into the pool as well as a big water slide. The resort also provided towels and life jackets for the kids. There was a pool bar as well as lots of lounge chairs.
Dining was plentiful at Jambo House. We took advantage of The Mara (quick dining) for dinner after the pool and to refill our refillable mugs. We didn’t eat at any of the other restaurants but they looked really good! We also have heard that they have fires outside with Smore’s fixin’s every night but since our kids are young they were always in bed and we didn’t get to take advantage of this.
Overall, we loved Jambo House and will almost definitely stay there again the next time we go to Disney World. The service was incredible (although I’m guessing that’s Disney-wide), the room was the perfect size for our family and had everything that we needed, and you can’t beat having animals like giraffes right outside your room!
For your own research, here are some sites that we found helpful when deciding where to stay.
Disney World Animal Kingdom Villas Jambo House
WDW Info – Animal Locations (you need to specify when making your reservations which trail you want, even vs odd room, etc)
All Ears Animal Kingdom Villas Jambo House Fact Sheet
Your First Visit Animal Kingdom Villas Jambo House Review
*All opinions are my own. I was not compensated in any way for this review. Disney World and Jambo House have no idea who I am other than a prior guest. Please see my link/review disclosures for more information.