Review: Boma – Flavors of Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

by | Oct 13, 2021 | WDW Blog, WDW Food, WDW Resorts

We share our experience and the must-try menu items we’d eat again in a heartbeat in our Boma – Flavors of Africa review.

If you’re a fan of Disney buffets, then be sure to try Boma – Flavors of Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. This all-you-can-eat experience has something to please everyone’s palate from alluring appetizers and marvelous main dishes to succulent sides and decadent desserts.

Jambo! Hello from Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

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Your buffet meal at Boma awaits. Photo by Courtney Reynolds

Boma – Flavors of Africa and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge was the first buffet to reopen at Walt Disney World after last year’s COVID closure, and it didn’t disappoint. My family loved dining at Boma years ago, and we were excited to hear it was back as a buffet.  

Boma’s theming is inspired by the lodge it calls home with stunning artwork and subtle details to enhance your dining experience. The servers’ colorful costumes add to the storytelling, and they complement the colorful dishes that line the buffet.

You, however, are welcome to dress casually for your visit.

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How Much Does Boma Cost?

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Yeah, but how much does it cost? Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Boma’s breakfast costs $29 (plus tax and gratuity) per adult and $17 (plus tax and gratuity) per child. Dinner at Boma is $49 (plus tax and gratuity) per adult and $29 (plus tax and gratuity) per child.

Both meals are well worth the price. Hours vary, so check the website before you go, and reservations are highly recommended.

Boma – Flavors of Africa Menu

While we had dinner on our recent trip, we have also enjoyed breakfast during previous trips. Let’s dig into the Boma menu as we share some of our favorites before our full review of Boma – Flavors of Africa.

Boma – Flavors of Africa Breakfast Menu

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Breakfast at Boma is a treat. Photo by Rich Ramos

Breakfast lovers rejoice, for Boma – Flavors of Africa serves a wide selection for the first meal of the day. Choices include the standard breakfast muffins, pancakes, waffles, bacon, and sausage. 

There are also some unique items to try such as Deviled Eggs with Smoked Salmon and Hard-boiled Eggs, Coconut Steel-cut Oatmeal, and Cinnamon-Raisin Bread Pudding.

You can also get a made-to-order omelet with your choice of fillings. Each time I’ve gone, everything was delicious, and my family and I made several trips for seconds for our favorite items.

Boma – Flavors of Africa Dinner Menu

Dinner options are also plentiful at Boma – Flavors of Africa. I suggest starting with the bread station where you can choose from several varieties of carbs and dips.

If you want a healthier option, you can also make your own salad before moving onto the main course.

But wait! Before you start with the heartier offerings, you’ll want to try the Oxtail Stew, a tomato-based dish with Tamarind. It has large pieces of tender beef that melt in your mouth and just the right amount of seasoning. Seriously, you may just find yourself going back for seconds (or thirds—we won’t judge).

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Trust us on this. You want the Oxtail Stew. Photo by Eric Freilich

After your first (second? third?) course, it’s time for the “mane” event. As I mentioned, there are multiple options to choose from. Here are some of my family’s favorite dinner items at Boma:

  • African Spiced Beef Striploin: Cooked and seasoned to perfection—no sauce required. The chef can usually accommodate your request for doneness as well.
  • Peanut Rice: A heavenly blend of sweet and savory and a nice accompaniment to your meal. 
  • Oak Roast Pork Ribs: These are fall-off-the-bone ribs that you’ll demand seconds of.
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Try the Peanut Rice. Photo by Eric Freilich

Boma – Flavors of Africa Kids Menu

Kids—and adults—can enjoy some of their favorites at the kids station including Macaroni & Cheese (although sadly not Mickey shaped) and Chicken Bites. Yes, we had several servings of both because, let’s be honest, Disney Macaroni & Cheese is the best.

Boma – Flavors of Africa Dessert Menu

Hopefully you saved room for dessert because Boma – Flavors of Africa doesn’t disappoint. For starters, this is where you can find the famous Zebra Domes.

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The tastiest thing in stripes. Photo by Laurie Sapp

These things are so popular that they’re practically a reason people stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (and a reason this Disney resort is one of the best for foodies).

If you haven’t had them before, what are you waiting for? Go, make a reservation. We’ll wait for you to return.

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The famous Zebra Domes. Photo by Eric Freilich

Back? Great! You’ll also want to try Passion Fruit Mousse, Hazelnut Brownies, and Pineapple Financier.

Picky eater? Hakuna matata: Boma – Flavors of Africa has traditional favorites such as cookies, too.

Boma – Flavors of Africa Review

 

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A look inside Boma. Photo by Laurie Sapp

My family unquestionably enjoyed our dining experience at Boma – Flavors of Africa.

Our server was attentive and frequently stopped by our table to check on us and refill our drinks. We also appreciated how the staff regularly cleared dirty plates from our table so there was room for more.

Out of all the items we tried, the only one we didn’t care for was the Avocado, Papaya, and Grapefruit Salad. Yes, avocado is technically a fruit; however, the flavors and textures didn’t quite mesh

That’s OK, though. Everyone has their own unique tastes. Heck, even the masterful Chef Art Smith of Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ told us about a dish he loves that no one else seemed to care for, so he had to scrap it from his menu. 

Get the inside scoop in our exclusive interview with Chef Art in our November food issue!

Dining During COVID

At the time of this Boma – Flavors of Africa review, masks or approved face coverings are required while raiding … er, visiting the buffet. 

I recommend bringing a pair of disposable gloves for handling the tongs.

Also, remember to take a clean plate for each trip to the buffet.

Oh, and it’s OK to politely ask other guests if you may go around them to another station; there isn’t a required single-file line.  

A Few Things to Remember

Are you ready for your own African safari to Boma – Flavors of Africa?  Here are our Boma “must-dos”:

We will definitely return to Boma – Flavors of Africa (perhaps for breakfast?) on a future trip to Walt Disney World. Until then, kwaherini!

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Written by Eric Freilich

Written by Eric Freilich

Eric Freilich is a former Walt Disney World Cast Member and lives in south Florida. As Annual Passholders, he and his family visit the theme parks throughout the year to enjoy all that Disney has to offer. When he’s not soaring over the landscape of Pandora on a Banshee or joining the Resistance to triumph over the First Order, Eric enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with his family.