Experience African Tastes in Harambe Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom has been going through some changes. Apart from the obvious construction seen going on as part of AVATAR World of Pandora, smaller things are happening. To the right of Africa as you enter is the new Harambe Market. This busy African inspired market features some fresh food with unique flavors.  Continue reading for more details, photos, and video of Harambe Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Harambe Market at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Harambe Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

Harambe Market offers an African-inspired street food experience dishes from four walk-up windows.  Themed as a 1960’s-era train depot, Harambe Market gives the spirit of a bustling hub where guests from around the world have gathered before venturing out to observe Africa’s animals.

Harambe Market at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Harambe Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

Harmabe Market at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Harambe Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

 

Kitamu Grill offers skewered chicken and a kabob flatbread sandwich. Famous Sausages features a corn dog, inspired by a South African sausage called a boerewors, dipped in curry-infused corn batter. Chef Mwanga’s serves a spice-rubbed karubi rib with green papaya-carrot slaw.

Harmabe Market at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Harambe Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

 

Wanjohi Refreshments (“wanjohi” means “brewer” in Swahili) offers beverages including six South African wines by the glass; Safari Amber Lager and Orlando Brewing I-4 IPA on draft; red sangria with Van der Hum tangerine liqueur from South Africa; The Starr of Harambe, a frozen drink with Starr African rum with mango puree in a souvenir mug; non-alcoholic tangerine lemonade, and fountain beverages including Sparberry from Zimbabwe and Bibo from South Africa.

Just outside of the market is the new Zuri’s Sweet Shop. Much more than just a candy store this location sells wine, spice rubs and products not found elsewhere on Disney property.  I was fortunate to meet up with Steven Miller – Disney’s Merchandise Communication Manager to find out about some of the over 80 unique items now being offered at Zuri’s Sweet Shop.

Zuri's Sweets Shop at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Zuri’s Sweets Shop at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

The Harambe Market space also opens up a new pathway from Africa to Bradley Falls and the Asia section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. With shaded tables and merchandise shops, the new market, together with the recently opened Harambe Theatre (home to “Festival of the Lion King”) doubles the size of the original Harambe Village.

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About John Saccheri

John Saccheri has been rooted in the Disney culture from childhood. John only had the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World once, at the age of 5. After returning home, he never stopped talking about it, yearning to return. His parents were worried about this “obsession,” but John began working at the age of 12 with a focus on saving up for the next Disney trip. He was able to visit Disney World at least once a year from 14 years old onward. Today, a successful entrepreneur, John was able to move from his hometown of Long Island, New York, to Central Florida to be close to the Mouse. Going to the parks still seems like a fantasy to him!