Throwback Thursday -Serengeti Safari, Busch Gardens

Back in 2008, my friend and I decided we would like to join the Serengeti Safari at Busch Gardens Tampa so we could feed the giraffes.

As reservations were ‘encouraged’ we pre-booked online and back then it cost $33.99 on top of your entry ticket.

It was February so the temperatures were warm rather than Florida hot which worked in our favour as there were lots of animals out on the Serengeti Plain.  We checked in at the Serengeti Outpost in Nairobi and joined our tour.  Even before we left the Outpost we could see one cheeky giraffe poking her head over to see if the food truck was on it’s way.

This giraffe was Dolly – she was a lovely girl, 28 years old then I believe and not at all camera shy.  It probably sounds ridiculous but I had no idea just how big giraffes were.  You travel in the back of an open top truck while a guide tells you about the animals in the safari and then stopping to feed the giraffes.  We were exceptionally lucky as due to the cooler February temperatures we also got to see close up and feed the Bongos – which are usually nocturnal and very shy.

During our safari we also got to see zebra, rhinos (with calves) and ostriches.

It was an amazing experience, I absolutely fell in love with Dolly the Giraffe. Highly recommended.  Children must be 5 or over.