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Old 07-20-2010, 09:02 AM   #1
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Boma or Tusker House?

I have a reservation at Boma in August and am beginning to second guess all of my reservations. Should I stick with Boma for dinner or is Tusker House a better alternative??
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Old 07-20-2010, 09:28 AM   #2
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Tusker House is great for breakfast, but I wouldn't go there for anything else.
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Old 07-20-2010, 09:59 AM   #3
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I think it really depends on what you want, there are quite a few issues to consider. I guess the food is rather similar, but it seems that people will say that Boma has a larger variety. But besides that (and I am sure many people here will say Boma tated better than Tusker and equally as many will claim it is the other way around...):

Boma:
Is not in the park, so you will have to transfer to AKL. If you do this after the normal early closing time of AK, you can maximize touring at AK. You also get to explore AKL which is a beautifual resort and you can have a relaxing drink at the bar there. But getting back to your resort from there might be more difficult since you would have to transfer at another park (if still open) or DTD.

Tusker House:
Dinner times might only be available rather early (due to early closure of AK) and therefore might take away from touring time. But if you get the last dinner time, you will able to walk out of AK when everyone else already has left and enjoy the empty park (maybe even in the dark). Getting back to your resort would be much easier since there is a direct bus.

I would say chose the one that fits better with your touring style!
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Old 07-20-2010, 10:01 AM   #4
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Boma, hands-down. Tusker House is comically referred to as "Boma lite."
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Old 07-20-2010, 10:17 AM   #5
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DH and I didn't like Boma at all. Too loud, cramped and not much we wanted to eat. We love Tusker House though. We went for lunch last year and it was great so we're going again this Dec. There were more foods we liked at Tusker House. Even though they had more options at Boma there wasn't much we liked.
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Old 07-20-2010, 10:24 AM   #6
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I would go with Boma for dinner.

We love both Boma and Tusker House, but for a larger meal like dinner, it seems like Boma has a bigger and more varied buffet line. Plus the desserts at Boma are better.

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Old 07-20-2010, 02:45 PM   #7
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Thanks, I think I'll stick with Boma for dinner, but every day that passes, I find myself second guessing my choices.
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Old 07-20-2010, 03:34 PM   #8
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We've done Boma dinner and both dinner and breakfast at Tusker.

Donald's safari breakfast at Tusker is great - and so much food that if you have 1 ts to use and can make a late breakfast around 10am, you wont be hungry until late night. I mention it because of the three options from the two places, this was my favorite.

Tusker dinner was ok - a real solid buffet - I'd be surprised if you were disappointed with the food or atmosphere.

Boma has a better buffet selection for dinner and deserts - a bit more upscale of a buffet and lots of interesting things to try. Commute to AKL I'd weigh against it. I'd go again but try to schedule on an AK day for a late dinner around 7 or 7:30 close to or after park closing time. If you're planning on leaving and returning to a park surrounding dinner (even AK), you are in for a decent commute on the bus.

I would just go with what you have this time and if going back try the other another time. I think both are pretty good and you probably wouldnt leave either one regretting the choice.
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Old 08-18-2010, 09:51 AM   #9
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Resurrecting this thread as it presents the same question I have.

Faced with two reservation options, Tusker or Boma, both with availability right after closing, which is a better option. To make the options even more difficult, what if you could choose between a regular closing day (5pm) and an EEMH day?

Oh, and you aren't staying at AKL.
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Boma, hands-down. Tusker House is comically referred to as "Boma lite."
You took the words right out of my mouth!!
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Old 08-18-2010, 12:53 PM   #11
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They're both my babies, but Boma can be downright loud - like, Whispering Canyon Cafe loud. I find Tusker House to have that off the beaten path feel, and the dishes are unifomally delicious. It may just be that I've only just discovered Tusker, having dined about a dozen times at Boma. So there's that newness factor.

But there's one thing Tusker has that Boma doesn't: Cape Malay Chicken Curry. My favorite dish in all of WDW.
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Boma, hands-down. Tusker House is comically referred to as "Boma lite."


If, however, you are looking to save a little cash going to Tusker House for lunch as opposed to Boma for dinner is not a bad choice.
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Old 08-18-2010, 05:12 PM   #13
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From what I understand Boma is more authentic African. If you have picky eaters, I would do Tusker House. My boyfriend is a very picky eater and Tusker House was his favorite restaurant.
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From what I understand Boma is more authentic African. If you have picky eaters, I would do Tusker House. My boyfriend is a very picky eater and Tusker House was his favorite restaurant.
That makes things even more difficult. There is no shortage of Ethiopian options near me, and I have yet to find one I like. But, if the cuisine is more South African, with a greater meld of inspirations (Dutch, Indian) things may work out better.

I understand buffets are always changing, but it would be nice to get a better menu exposition than what allears has.
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Old 08-18-2010, 08:58 PM   #15
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We have done Tusker House for lunch so that we could get the admission to the "Finding Nemo" show. We think the food is as good as Boma's, but Boma is better for dinner if you want to eat after 5:00 PM because of the usual early closing of AK. The food selection at both is outstanding.
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