You Can Actually Go On An Off-Road African Wildlife Safari In Tampa

The heat scorches the Earth as you ride your buggy off into the horizon. Along the way you see zebras rhinos peacefully sharing the watering hole, giraffes stretching their necks up into the sky to reach a leaf perched atop the tallest branch. You’d almost think you were in the African Plains, but you’re actually at Busch Gardens Tampa’s Serengeti Safari.

Whether you love animals or simply wonder what it’d be like to be toe to toe with one in the wild, this award-winning experience gives you a chance to get up close and personal with African wildlife on a wildlife safari ride. 

An expert driver zooms you across the Serengeti Plain Habitat in a standing-room-only open-air buggy. The huge enclosure at Busch Gardens is made to simulate the real deal, making guests the animals feel as though they never left Africa. Thank you sunshine state for your brutal year-round heatwaves that enable such a unique opportunity.

Within the safari zone zebras, antelope, rhinos, ostriches, giraffes other African wildlife roam freely, giving you a chance to observe them as you learn more about their behaviors and habitat. You’ll even get a chance to hand-feed a giraffe, seeing these gorgeous gentle giants face to face.

This may just be one wild-ride you never forget. Tickets to this experience are $39.99 per person, each ride lasting approximately 30 minutes in length with an opportunity to hand-feed the giraffes.

O Busch Gardens é, além de lindo, um parque para quem gosta de aventura ou é amante da natureza: há muitas montanhas-russas, flores, verde e animais por todo o lado! Se você for de um destes times, esse parque vai te encantar! Seguindo a dica da #lokadosbichos, o Serengeti Safari foi a atração escolhida! Por 39 dólares, você consegue ver de perto antílopes, rinocerontes, zebras e as lindas girafas, além de alimentá-las.🦒❤ O passeio dura, em média, 30 minutos e, durante todo o percurso, um guia vai passando todas as informações sobre os animais! É show! . . . . #lokasporviagens #viagem #dicasdeviagens #dicasorlando #orlando #buschgardens #amovoajar

A post d by Lokas Por Viagens (@lokas.porviagens) on Jun 1, 2019 at 10:17am PDT

The Serengeti Safari runs 3 times per day, once at 11:30 a.m., once at 1 p.m., and again at 1:30 p.m. Busch Gardens asks that guests arrive at the Serengeti Outpost in Nairobi just north of the train station 15 minutes before your ride time.

We’re ready to ride where the wild things are and love these animals just like Steve Irwin. We may even squeeze in a little time for some sloth petting rhino feeding too. Either way, we’ll get a chance to peep the updates on the new Iron Gwazi build while we roam around Busch Gardens.

An overview of the Serengeti Safari can be seen below. 

Serengeti Safari

Price: $39.99 per adult ticket.

Address: Busch Gardens Tampa — 10165 McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612

Hours: Park hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
The experience can be booked at 3 different time slots, 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 1:30 p.m.; you check in to the experience at Serengeti Outpost in Nairobi just north of the train station 15 minutes before the safari states.

Why You Need To Go: A chance to go on a wild ride and see the African animals up close, you even get to hand-feed the giraffes! A fun way to fill your heart with even more love for wildlife nature.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.