It’s the last day of your first week back at work in the new year, and I think you deserve a drink, don’t you?
Let’s go to the Dawa Bar!
The Dawa Bar is located right next to Tusker House Restaurant in Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, right in the middle of the hub-bub of Harambe village. From here you can watch the crowds run by, on their way to Kilimanjaro Safaris and Rafiki’s Planet Watch, or coming from Pangani Forest and making the turn over to Asia.
There are a hodge-podge of bar stools, all different shapes and sizes, and several outdoor tables scattered around for seating. If you get there at the right time, you might be able to catch some of the tribal dancers who entertain in the Tusker House courtyard.
But in the meantime, let’s order!
Dawa Bar specializes in South African sangria and wines, including Cape Indaba, Kanu, Excelsior, and Brampton;
African beers, including Tusker Lager from Kenya and Windhoek Lager from Namibia;
and specialty cocktails with names like the African Margarita and Harambe Cooler, also using some ingredients from the African continent.
Me? On this visit, I got that African Margarita…no salt. Notice that they do now serve the drinks with the paper straw found throughout the Animal Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom Lodge. This is for the safety of the animals.
Why Should You Visit?
I have a soft spot in my heart for the Dawa Bar. I have a wonderful memory of a cold, wet day at the Animal Kingdom in early December; the spectacular bartender at the Dawa Bar whipped up a warm, cocoa-infused concoction (no idea what was in it, though I think there was some Goldschlager) that ended up being the perfect way to improve the day.
Ever since that time, I’ve considered the Dawa Bar one of my favorite and most relaxing spots in Disney World. If you haven’t been there, consider stopping by the next time you’re in Harambe! Have a drink, take a seat, and watch everyone else argue about who has the fastpasses this time and whether Jimmy’s allowed to buy that dinosaur hat.