Jambo! Welcome back to Harambe Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, one of our favorite places for wild theme park snacks!
Harambe Market is truly an experience. Much like the rest of Animal Kingdom, the theming is spectacular, and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Storybook, Africa! This is a fairly new restaurant – you can check out our full review from last year’s opening here – and we love the set up.
As you can see from the entrance sign, the snacks here are a little different than what you’d find in the other three theme parks, and ordering is different, too. Each type of snack has a different window to order from: Chef Mwanga’s Ribs Shop, Kitamu Grill, Famous Sausages, and Wanjohi Refreshment (but we’re told you can order any item from any window except Wanjohi Refreshments, which only serves drinks).
Each station has a headliner item, but today, we’re going to talk about some specific drinks and snacks – for most of you, two old friends and two new ones!
Let’s start with our old friends, Bibo Soda and Sparberry Soda, who you may remember from Epcot’s Club Cool! They’re two of many options at the Wanjohi Refreshment window.
Bibo is a sweet, sweet, sweet South African soda! Based on the bright green coloring, it’s no surprise that it’s a melon and kiwi flavor, but despite the “soda” name, it isn’t carbonated.
To me, Bibo is way too sweet to finish a full-size drink, so I’d keep sampling it at Club Cool. But it is neat to have an African drink option in Animal Kingdom!
Sparberry Soda is a popular raspberry-infused cream soda drink from Zimbabwe that’s also available at Club Cool. Really, I think the raspberry flavor is much more noticeable than the cream soda!
The Sparberry has a manageable sweetness compared to Bibo. The fruity flavor is refreshing, and I wouldn’t mind having a whole cup!
On to some less familiar choices!
It’s the prefect season to enjoy a Frozen Flamingo! It’s a non-alcoholic frozen drink jam-packed with strawberry and passion fruit flavor.
It doesn’t look like much in the white plastic cup, but it’s super flavorful and refreshing on a hot summer day. If you want to jazz it up a little, you can buy it in a Ocarina Musical Sipper Cup for $12.99!
Are you hungry yet? Us, too. Let’s check out a snack at Kitamu Grill!
The Grilled Vegetable Stack is a fresh, unique Disney parks snack. Animal Kingdom always has a smorgasbord of vegetarian options, and we’re happy to add this one to the list!
You get all of the ingredients in a little paper boat, but we asked for a plate to dump it onto so that you can see all the components of the “stack.” You’ll get a large slice of mushroom, tofu, yellow zucchini, green zucchini, roasted red peppers, onion and lots of arugula on top! All of the vegetables have a delicious smoky flavor, and the tofu is topped with a yummy pesto!
You’re also served two sides. First, a Green Papaya Slaw (yum!), which was super fresh and well seasoned.
And a Black-Eyed Pea, Corn and Tomato Salad – also very fresh, but if you’re cilantro averse, maybe ask for a second helping of the slaw instead…
I think this is a great vegetarian option! It’s plenty of food, which is always a toss-up when ordering vegetarian dishes, and it’s light enough to enjoy on a hot day at Animal Kingdom. It was great to see so many flavors incorporated in a dish made of seasonal veggies. Sometimes, you just need something other than french fries!
I enjoyed everything – not only the taste, but it was fun to try some out-of-the-ordinary treats! Animal Kingdom is already known for its top-notch theming, and having some African drinks and flavors really makes you feel like you’ve stepped into another world.
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What do you think? Will you buy a full-size Bibo or Sparberry? Or will you stick to Club Cool? Let us know what you think in the comments!