The Edge of Africa region of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is naturally beautiful. The animals that you see here are wonderful and very photogenic. Sadly featuring no rides, dining facilities or gift shops. However, the animal encounters here are plentiful. With one huge attraction and six other different animal encounters in total. Hence, the Edge of Africa region being quite large in size. Animal encounters include Lions and Cheetahs as well as Hippos. Also, featuring Hyenas, Meerkats and Lemurs too. The big attraction at Edge of Africa is the Serengeti Plains. Stop by the Edge of Africa region and see the animals for yourselves. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the park. What did you see at the Edge of Africa? Small animals or large animals, which is your preference? Visit and let us know what you saw.
Serengeti Plains – Edge of Africa Region at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Edge of Africa regions, Serengeti Plains is the main attraction at this region of the park. Being absolutely huge in size. More than 65 acres to be precise. See free roaming animals in a habitat natural to their own. With two ways to explore the Serengeti Plains and see the animals up close, the choice is yours. For instance you can walk freely through the plains at your leisure. As well as being able to ride in the open air tour jeep. You have to be over 5 years old to take the Serengeti Safari tour though. Reservations may be needed to book a place on the tour. The tour takes around half an hour and gets up very close to the animals. You can hand feed giraffes from the back of the vehicle. See the zebras running through the plains. Also, look out for the free roaming herds of ostriches too.
Cheetahs – Edge of Africa Region at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
The proud Cheetahs live at the Edge of Africa region of the park in their own enclosure. They are amazing to watch in action and feeding time is an experience not to be missed. Being the fastest animal on land the staff here work hard on keeping the cheetahs as fit and healthy. Treated as if they were in natural surroundings. Hunting is a natural animal instinct that is respected. Hence why, making the cheetahs work for their food keeps them healthy. The ‘Cheetah Insider Tour’ is informative and activity based. Taking around half an hour or so. Going behind the scenes of their enclosure. Age restrictions apply to the tour. Unfortunately children under 10 years are prohibited. Also, children under 18 years must be accompanied by a paying adult too. Public safety is paramount here. Reservations to the tour are advisable too.
Hippos – Edge of Africa Region at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Come and visit the Hippos at Edge of Africa region of Busch gardens. Watch as they wallow in the waters. Hippos love being in the waters of their enclosure. In fact, they spend almost all of their time in the cool pool. They lounge and wallow for most of their time relaxing in the sunshine. Hippos are herbivores, which means they do not each meat. They look innocent and friendly, but be aware that they can be quite unpredictable sometimes. This can be a danger in the wild. The ‘Heart of Africa Insider Tour’ is very informative. Held inside the hippos enclosure, behind the scenes. Also, the tour shares with the lions too. See the hippos up close and find out all you can about them. Age restrictions apply too. Children under 10 years are prohibited. Children under 18 years must be accompanied by a paying adult. Reservations are advisable.
Hyenas – Edge of Africa Region at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
See the Hyenas in action at Edge of Africa region. Hyenas are predators and carnivores. This means that they hunt for food as well as eating meat. Watch the cunning spotted hyenas gather in packs to hunt for their food at mealtimes. In the wild, whole clans of hyenas come together to catch a large meal. The species of hyena is becoming endangered and here at Busch Gardens the aim is to assist with their future survival. Offering protection to the species, yet at the same time still nurturing and respecting their hunting skills. There is no tour as yet behind the scenes of the hyena enclosure. However, all staff are friendly and approachable. Ready to answer questions and share their knowledge of hyenas with you.
Lemurs – Edge of Africa Region at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Visit the cheeky Lemurs at Edge of Africa region and see them frolic and play in their habitat. Being part of the primate family the lemurs like to play up in the trees mostly. Come and watch at feeding time when the lemurs are thriving on healthy fruits and fauna. Lemurs are vegetarians by nature, but have been known to eat the odd portion of meat. Cheeky by nature, the lemurs often squabble and bicker with each other. They are very sociable and live as a group in their enclosure. As yet there are no behind the scenes tours in the lemur enclosure. However, the informative staff are on hand. Ready to share their knowledge of lemurs with you.
Lions – Edge of Africa Region at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Lions are truly majestic and at Edge of Africa region they are nothing but. Roaming proudly around their enclosure they strut and play as well as hunt for food. Feeding time is not to be missed as lions are predatory hunters. As with the cheetahs the lions are also respected as hunters. they are made to work for their hunt as not to dampen their hunting instincts. As well as keeping them fit and healthy. Sharing the ‘Heart of Africa Tour’ with the hippos, you also get to see the lions close up too. Watch closely as the lions prowl and play only feet away from you. There are age restrictions in place here too. Children under 10 years are prohibited due to safety. Children under 18 years must be accompanied by a paying adult. Reservations are advisable.
Meerkats – Edge of Africa Region at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Meet the Meerkats at Edge of Africa region and watch as they entertain you. they are extremely sociable and live together as a group. they love to tunnel and burrow in the earth. In fact, they live in underground burrows together. Each meerkat within the group has their own job to do.This ensures the survival of their species. For example, one meerkat will gather food and another will watch their young. As well as can be expected each meerkat has a unique chore to carry out. There are no behind the scenes tours associated with the meerkats as yet. However, all staff are approachable. They are expecting questions and love to share their meerkat experiences with you.