Rhino Rally at Busch Gardens, Tampa
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Rhino Rally opened at Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay in Tampa, Florida in 2001 at a cost of twenty-five million dollars. In excess of sixteen acres of land was used for the attraction and a special divide had to be constructed to keep the animals separate from each other and from the guests!
We had visited Busch Gardens during the building of Rhino Rally and so on our next visit to Florida we couldn’t wait to try it out! To avoid long lines I would suggest heading over to the ride as soon as you arrive at the park or perhaps later in the day when everyone else has already visited.
The entrance to Rhino Rally is at the western end of Nairobi. Rhino Rally seats up to seventeen passengers and a driver on an off-road journey, aboard a modified Land Rover, through the wilds of Africa. If you are lucky you may be picked to be the navigator and sit up front alongside the driver. Beware though; any mistakes and you will get the blame! During your ride you will encounter up-close animal encounters and a ride down a canyon when the bridge you are crossing collapses during a flash flood. If you are sitting at the back, you might get slightly wet but certainly not soaked! Expect to see rhinoceros, elephants, buffalo, crocodiles and many other species of African animal.
The drivers of the Land Rovers, who are also your guides during your adventure in the African Serengeti, are very enthusiastic and make the ride very enjoyable. You will hear some great corny jokes from them along the way!
A word of warning though, sometimes the river section of the ride is not working or is closed for maintenance, in which case you will miss this very unique part of the ride completely. Personally, for me, this would spoil the experience so it might be a good idea to ask a staff member beforehand if the water part of the ride is actually working on that day so as to avoid any disappointment. Alternatively, you could take the Skyride which passes over Rhino Rally and you will be able to see for yourself if the Land Rovers are ‘cruising’ down the canyon or not!
Rhino Rally is an eight-minute ride and children must be over three years of age, at least thirty-nine inches and accompanied by an adult to ride. I wouldn’t class Rhino Rally as a thrill ride but it is great fun for all the family with a few surprises along the way!
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