Reed Travel Features
TAMPA -- Edge of Africa, a new wildlife safari experience, and
the largest animal expansion in the park's history, will open at
Busch Gardens this summer.
It will re-create the sensory experience of traveling on foot
through camps and native villages of Africa.
Within the 15-acre tract on the Serengeti Plain area's southern
edge, guests will be able to see hippos, giraffes, lions, baboons,
meerkats, crocodiles and hyenas, among other animals.
At an encampment near the new area's entrance, a welcome center
will present daily recordings of sightings.
As guests travel through simulations of a deserted Masai
village, a fishing village and a safari encampment, they will catch
glimpses of various species.
For example, at the fishing village, visitors will be able to
observe hippos -- normally shy creatures -- from below and above
the surface of a large pool.
At the encampment, lions and hyenas will be the focal point.
Elsewhere, there will be special habitats for vultures and
meerkats as well as a large spring inhabited by flamingos, turtles
and numerous species of fish.
From overhead ledges in another section, guests will be able to
observe the hand feedings of giraffes.
After visiting Edge of Africa, guests can enhance their
experiences by riding the park's monorail around the animal-filled
Serengeti Plain or embark on the Serengeti Safari, an excursion
aboard flatbed trucks across the veld.
For additional information, call (800) 372-1797.