Busch Gardens is an African Jungle
Theme Park with seven roller coasters, two of which are massive. We hope
the following will give you a taste of the park.
For thrill seekers in
this department this is the place to be. I for one can vouch for all the coaster
rides having recently been on all seven. For the real thrill seekers the MONTU
or SHEIKRA which is a new one!! Once you get to the top on the initial climb, all you can think about is the
extent of what you are about to endure. At least it is over
fairly quickly !
MONTU-not for the faint hearted!
SHEIKRA-Opened in 2009- They hold you there for 15 seconds, then your dropped!!
Here we go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Up and over
Coaster Rides a plenty
Sky Ride for those who prefer something less frightening
Loose your stomach here and the money from your pockets!
Busch Gardens features one of the latest roller wooden coasters, called
the GWAZI which opened in June
1999. This is a wooden coaster that reaches speeds of 55mph and makes all the old rickety
noises which are echoed by the wooden structure. There are
two tracks to choose from and you loose your stomach at the
first drop ! Sorry we don't have a picture of that one.
A train ride covers the perimeter of
the theme park and is a good way to get around. You will also see many of the
animals the park have become proud of, many being born in captivity here and no where else
in the world.
Busch Gardens Train Ride
Congo River Rapids
Onlookers on the shore fire water cannons at unsuspecting riders. You can
be soaked in seconds.
There is also a water ride called the
Congo River Rapids. Now my advice to all is make that small purchase of a plastic
"mackintosh" for a few dollars at the start. As the ride says you may get
wet, EVEN SOAKED ! My experience is, its the latter, and I mean soaked !!!
Watch out for those camera's.
Now these chaps
above are real, they just look like models!
There is also a gentler Flume Ride and much
larger boat ride on which you will definitely get a good soaking and all of those
spectators watching if they are not careful.
There is a 200'
Flume Ride-you will get wet here!
This is a great day out. You
need soft shoes which you will not mind getting wet......yes its a tiring but enjoyable
day. There are plenty of places to get soft drinks throughout the day.
Remember if its very warm, drink plenty of fluids.
a Koi fish keeper the number, size and colors of the Koi
here will amaze you as you grab a snack and drink at one of
the rest stops. Even the parks Pelicans show no interest.
The park is owned by BUSCH the beer makers which is not now an American
OUR RATING: 10/10 Excellent Theme Park. Very Clean. Probably my favourite.
The coasters are spectacular. This is a hard day on your feet. My only critical
comment is that I believe there should be more seats around the place as it's
very tiring on the feet on a warm day. Do not know how many times I have visited
this park. They no longer give FREE BEER SAMPLES.
Last visit May 2012.
Photography by Capt. Tony Allen using a CANON Digital 18 Mega Pixel Camera.