Photo TR: Busch Gardens Africa

March 14, 2007
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Photo TR: Busch Gardens Africa

Postby Electerik » Thu Mar 15, 2007 3:48 pm

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).
01 Train.jpg
The park's train ride. Definitely above average, since there are animals to look at along the way.
02 Katonga.jpg
I'm not really a show kinda guy, but I gave this one a try--and it was pretty darned good!
03 Akbar.jpg
Akbar's Adventure Tours Simulator was, of course, not operating. Nor was this Dippin' Dots stand.
04 Montu.jpg
I like Montu. Just not as much as I like Top Gun: The Jet Coaster over at Carowinds.
04 Tut's Tomb.jpg
Tut's Tomb is a walk-though. A minor attraction, but nice.
05 Tut's Gifts.jpg
And it has a very well-themed gift shop!
07 Montu Train.jpg
Another shot of Montu, this time from the train.
08 Crown Outside.jpg
The Crown Colony House is the park's full service restaurant.
09 Crown Inside.jpg
Here's the inside. Note the view of the "Serengeti Plain."
10 Animals.jpg
Assorted animals. I think these ones are from Scandinavia.
11 Fish.jpg
My favorite "animal thing" at the park, this half-aquarium type habitat.
12 Fish House.jpg
The same thing from the Sky Ride.
13 Rhino Rally.jpg
We skipped Rhino Rally since the river section wasn't working.
14 Sky Ride.jpg
BGA has a great Sky Ride. Coming up is the "turn station."
15 Kumba.jpg
Yay, now I have this picture of Kumba, too!
16 Congo River.jpg
Congo River Rapids. The blue-green track in the background is Kumba.
17 Scorpion.jpg
Scorpion, with Stanley Falls (log flume) behind.
18 Log Flume.jpg
Stanley Falls, with SheiKra in the background.
19 Tidal Wave.jpg
Tanganyika Tidal Wave had way more theming than I thought it would.
20 Sheikra Midway.jpg
SheiKra is a Top Ten coaster in my book. Here you can see how well it interacts with the midway and its surroundings.
21 Sheikra Queue.jpg
Here's a shot of the queue and approach to the lift from the station house.
22 Sheikra Splash.jpg
The splashdown, with the second vertical drop behind.
23 Hospitality.jpg
I just like this building. That's Gwazi in the background.
24 Gwazi.jpg
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)

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Postby speedracer » Thu Mar 15, 2007 5:15 pm

Actually really nice pics there of one beautiful park, thanks for sharing.

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Postby BarryH » Thu Mar 15, 2007 5:51 pm

Great photos!

I want to try the Crown Colony House one day.

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Postby Dailey Enterprizes » Thu Mar 15, 2007 6:16 pm

I've never been on a B&M drop coaster before, but after looking at this picture...

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my god those trains are huge. I mean compared to the person walking in the que line those trains look bigger than my living room.

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Postby bulldogmom » Thu Mar 15, 2007 6:42 pm

Great pics! I like the ones of Sheikra and the one of the aquarium thingy. I would go absolutely out of control in that gift shop- I love Egyptian stuff.
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Postby Movieguy » Thu Mar 15, 2007 7:38 pm

Beautiful. Wonderful pics all around. =)

I've never been to this Busch Gardens...and now that I've seen these shots, it makes me want to visit even more.
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Postby crazydaveh » Thu Mar 15, 2007 9:12 pm

No pictures of the beer house? That's the best part of Busch Gardens and SeaWorld!
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Postby spaceace12 » Thu Mar 15, 2007 9:59 pm

I think the one with gwazi in the background is the beerhouse. I probably should have went in there since my main point to not drinking is that it costs too much.

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Postby robbalvey » Thu Mar 15, 2007 10:15 pm

Hey Erik! Great stuff! Always like see your Photo TRs!

Thanks for posting.

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Postby ebl » Thu Mar 15, 2007 11:48 pm

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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