So we are traveling with a big (16) family group in October, staying offsite in an 8BR at Emerald Island. We are planning 2 days at AK on our upcoming trip--Oct 10 and 13. It will just be a few of us on the 10th because we are arriving a day ahead of the rest. Our whole group of 16 will be together at AK on the second day, so I was planning on booking Tusker House as close to park closing (6:00) as I could get.
The rest of our group will be arriving at some point on the 10th. I was either going to go somewhere offsite or try a resort restaurant. I thought Boma might be a good idea--the food looks great, and there is probably enough variety for pickier eaters. It would let everyone check in, get settled, and have a "destination"/place to check out without a park ticket.
Should we pick one or the other, and which one do you all prefer? We have 3 kids in our group so the character aspect of TH is a selling point, but so is going over to AKL and checking out the public spaces and savannas.
Or are they both different enough and great enough that we do both?