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Old 14 Sep 16, 08:53 AM  
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Serengeti Safari at Busch Gardens

inline imageEpisode 8 in theDIBB SeaWorld Parks tour revisits Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay and the much loved Serengeti Safari.

I have seen a lot of posts from members on how much they loved getting up close to the animals at Busch Gardens and the safari is no exception to this. You even get the chance to hand feed giraffe on the tour.

There is a dedicated loading area for the safari trucks where your safari tour guide will load you onto the back of the flat bed truck. There are no seats so you are free to move around the truck to get the best photo opportunities. It can get a bit bumpy in places so you will be told when you are moving off so you can hold on. When the truck stops you can then move around again.



As you leave the loading dock you will cross a cattle grid to get into the reserve and onto the safari trail.



My personal tour guide was called J.J. He was a great guy that explained many things about the animals on the tour. From where they came from and the differences between the sexes and the sub species of the different animals.



Just to show you how close you can get to the animals, these are a few images taken from the truck.



J.J. pointed out the Zebra they have on the safari at Busch Gardens are Grants zebras. They are the smallest zebra at around four and a half feet tall and actually have the stripes all the way down their legs to their hooves.



There are plenty of animals to see from the savannahs of Africa on the tour. From Rhino to Antelope, Ostrich and of course the much loved giraffe.

Hand feeding giraffe was an experience to remember. They love lettuce and the truck carries plenty for all to have a go at feeding them. The giraffe don't mind getting in your face as long as you have their lettuce. They will use their enormous tongues to try and get it out of your hand before you know it.



Some of them even like a neck rub...



And of course they will pose for a selfie for your favourite social media page



Just as long as you have lettuce of course

If you take a look at the short video below you can see the highlights of the safari.



I am really pleased that I went on the Serengeti Safari at Busch Gardens as it wasn't something I had tried before. The highlight for me was feeding the giraffe. Giraffe are my daughters favourite animals and she was so jealous that I had done this. So if you are visiting Busch gardens make sure you book yourself (and your kids) on this and you won't regret it.



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Looks fantastic... my eldest daughter and her boyfriend did the safari whilst we were there in April and loved it... giraffes are her favourites too.
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This looks brilliant, i assume there is an additional cost for this?

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Edit to add, found the pricing, it's not too bad actually.
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Wow--looks awesome, a definite for us for next year! Never been to Busch Gardens so that will be a first too
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We done ths for a surprise for our daughter in July, would do it early morning as it gets really hot out in the open, there is a photographer on board the truck wth you that takes individual or family pics of you feeding the giraffe which you can buy after the tour.
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we have done this twice it is fantastic and great value for money
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Originally Posted by gerryc View Post
We done ths for a surprise for our daughter in July, would do it early morning as it gets really hot out in the open, there is a photographer on board the truck wth you that takes individual or family pics of you feeding the giraffe which you can buy after the tour.
Can you take your own camera (I assume/hope so!)
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We have done this twice (as Giraffes are my favourite animals!) and loved it both times! I definitely recommend this as a great experience
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Looks great and something the family would love to do ... just a pity that Busch Gardens don't have the animals in a better/quieter setting. Seeing and hearing the rollercoaster, screaming people and other rides day in/day out can't be great for them (when compared to Animal Kingdom and their Safari/Wild Africa Trek etc).
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This was excellent during my last visit. A real 'up close and personal' sort of experience, giraffe 'feeding' was great fun. The group photo of it is still on my wall 5 years on.
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