Dine with Safari Animals at Animal Kingdom's Sanaa Restaurant

Hi! We’re Candy and Crystal. We’re sisters who grew up as military brats and spent the first half of our lives in Japan. The majority of our family resides in Japan, but we ventured out and have spent the second half of our lives mainly in the United States. We both love traveling and have always documented our travels, so we decided it was time to share our travel experiences with the rest of the world.

We were really looking forward to this unique dining experience at Animal Kingdom's Sanaa Restaurant, so much so, that we made sure to get there as soon as they opened to get the best seat in the house. Being able to dine with the view of the safari animals was one thing we really wanted to experience while staying at Disney World's Animal Kingdom Lodge

We initially made our reservations for 1:30 PM, but in order to get a seat by the window, the host told us to arrive first thing in the morning when they opened at 11:00 AM.  We did as we were told, but when we arrived at 11AM, another staff member told us that we were misinformed and that we would have been fine if we just requested a window seat at 1:30 PM.

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We have no idea which way is the best way to get the window seat, but in any case, we got the best seat in the house. We were seated right in the center of the windows with a great view of the safari animals. It's also great to come to the restaurant right when they open because the staff gets together to do an African welcome song with drums. It was so exciting!

There are over 30 species that reside on the four savannas of Animal Kingdom and while we were dining, we saw zebras, giraffes, ostriches, deer and more. We were so happy when we spotted the first animal! 

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On top of the amazing safari view, we also had an array of amazing dishes. Sanaa serves African cuisine with Indian flavors and everything we ordered was packed with tons of unique flavors. We ordered a variety of dishes so that we can get a little taste of everything.