Simply amazing. We stayed in a 1 bedroom Savannah suite at Kadani Village and although pricey it was worth every penny. We've stayed at both Jambo and Kadani and they each offer something a little different. Jambo has a sense of grandeur that is just awesome. On the other hand, Kadani has a sense of intimacy that makes you feel like you're on some sort of African getaway.
The service is excellent at both locations. The rooms and property are always impeccably kept. There activities offered make it so that you could spend several days at the lodge and have a great time without going to the parks. The pools are great and some of the most relaxing in Disney. The gym on property is quite adequate for working out on vacation and is better than some of the gyms I've seen in condos and apartments. The on site dining is top notch. Some people who stayed at the Kadani Village complain about the walk between Kadani and Jambo it's really not that bad at all. If you have some medical condition that makes walking difficult for you, they have a shuttle that comes about every 5 mins and continues to run between the two properties.
My only two minor complaints are that the rooms aren't the best lit and the length of the hallways. I'll start by addressing the lighting as that's at least rectifiable. It seems that Disney was trying to accomplish a mix of intimate and bright. It seems really moot but the lighting isn't dim enough to really set a romantic mood but not bright enough to read or do anything of that nature. Maybe install dimmers? The long hallways aren't really an issue but they warrant mention. When in Jambo the hallways can be kind of long but manageable. At Kadani, we stayed in the last room of the 2nd to last building. We clocked it after our first night there going to use the night vision noting that it was a incredibly long walk. Well it was, it was 1/4 of a mile so the walk to the fire pit/night vision area was 1/2 a mile or if you need something from the shop for cooking another 1/2 mile. Don't be concerned about luggling all you stuff down long distances because smartly the ground floor is an entire parking structure. So you'll be able to park near an elevator that will take you up near your room. I really like the parking area as it kept your car cool at all times. I just wanted to make sure those people who were looking at staying at Kadani were aware of the walk because after a long day depending on your method of travel to the parks that walk can be very long.
I'll finish with the views. They are simply amazing. I think it appeals to the inner child in all of us. It really feels as though you're waking up in Africa in a 5 star resort. We awoke every morning to the views of giraffes eating off the trees, ankotle cattle, zebras, and ostrich grazing. The decor, presentation, and views warrant the prices. Honestly, if you can afford the difference, spring for the savannah views.
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