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Though I'd been to the park several times, this was my first visit to Busch Gardens Africa with camera in hand. As usual, I took a bazillion pictures, but most of them sucked. Here are the few that didn't (so much).


Gwazi was only running one side. Hardly surprising. I do like this ride, but I was afraid that trying to ride it would ruin an otherwise great day. ;o)


I just like this building. That's Gwazi in the background.


The splashdown, with the second vertical drop behind.


Here's a shot of the queue and approach to the lift from the station house.


SheiKra is a Top Ten coaster in my book. Here you can see how well it interacts with the midway and its surroundings.


Tanganyika Tidal Wave had way more theming than I thought it would.


Stanley Falls, with SheiKra in the background.


Scorpion, with Stanley Falls (log flume) behind.


Congo River Rapids. The blue-green track in the background is Kumba.


Yay, now I have this picture of Kumba, too!


BGA has a great Sky Ride. Coming up is the "turn station."


We skipped Rhino Rally since the river section wasn't working.


The same thing from the Sky Ride.


My favorite "animal thing" at the park, this half-aquarium type habitat.


Assorted animals. I think these ones are from Scandinavia.


Here's the inside. Note the view of the "Serengeti Plain."


The Crown Colony House is the park's full service restaurant.


Another shot of Montu, this time from the train.


And it has a very well-themed gift shop!


Tut's Tomb is a walk-though. A minor attraction, but nice.


I like Montu. Just not as much as I like Top Gun: The Jet Coaster over at Carowinds.


Akbar's Adventure Tours Simulator was, of course, not operating. Nor was this Dippin' Dots stand.


I'm not really a show kinda guy, but I gave this one a try--and it was pretty darned good!


The park's train ride. Definitely above average, since there are animals to look at along the way.

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Great TR!


I have been to BGT---er, BGA---but it's been almost five years. If I get back to Florida this fall, I may skip over to Tampa and get caught up on the new stuff since my last visit.



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Great pics, now I want to go there in May even more!


Any idea on when that Sheikra train switch is going on? For some reason I thought it was in March, and was going to last about 3 weeks. I'm hoping for it to be open when I'm in the area on May 27th. I'm hoping to get all the coasters packed into about 3 hours of park time.

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Taken from their web-site. Also posted to TPR a while back.


Guests’ last day to experience SheiKra in its current form will be Memorial Day, May 28. The following day, America’s first dive coaster will close for approximately three weeks for the floorless conversion construction.


My question is, How often do they run only one side on Gwazi compared to both? I would hate to miss the one credit on my only day there.


Great pictures Erik , Thanks !

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Thanks, everyone, for the kind comments.


It's not that Gwazi is too rough to ride, it's that the operations are so bad that you'll never get on the thing. How often do they run both sides? I have no idea; I've never seen it done.


As for SheiKra....


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^I just realized that the floorless transition isn't going to be that easy because those floorless coasters need that weird loading platform in the station. That's going to be interesting...


I believe Busch Gardens built Sheikra's station with the idea of going floorless down the road, so the transition shouldn't be as extensive as if they were building it from scratch.

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Thanks, everyone, for the kind comments.


It's not that Gwazi is too rough to ride, it's that the operations are so bad that you'll never get on the thing. How often do they run both sides? I have no idea; I've never seen it done.

I guess im one of the lucky few who have actually been to the park when they were running both sides! Needless to say I got double the beating!

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