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Morroco - Busch Gardens
The year we bought seven day Busch Garden tickets we went to Busch Gardens five times within the seven day period.
This particular day we had a very early start from our villa as we intended to spend a few hours at Busch before heading off to Ellenton Shopping Outlets in the afternoon. We started our day by stopping on the 27 at Cracker Barrel for breakfast.
When we arrived at Busch we decided to go to the Morocco section of Busch to spend our morning.
We headed straight to KaTonga which takes you on a journey to the heart of Africa with a forty minute musical of animal folklore. The show follows a day in the lives of aspiring storytellers, called Griots, as they try to become masters of their craft. To accomplish this performers tell traditional African stories to mesmerise and entertain the audience. Here we all enjoyed the puppet design, magical folklore, great music and spectacular African-inspired dance. We thoroughly enjoyed it and it was lovely to sit in such a cool dark building on such a very hot day.
We then wandered off to the primate habitat, Myombe Reserve: Here in the Great Ape Domain you can see western lowland gorillas and common chimpanzees, native to west and central Africa, in a lush tropical environment. We were very lucky because being so early in the day the animals were very alert. It was nice to be able to amble along at our own pace to watch the animal’s behavior. It all looks so natural with trees, palm trees and different types of plant species giving it a rain forest atmosphere. There are also about six waterfalls and a boardwalk overlooking a marsh teeming with aquatic life such as frogs, fish and turtles. My parents spent so long here we were forced to go and get ice creams whilst we waited for them nearby.
Next we went on to Gwazi which is supposed to be the largest and fastest double wooden roller coaster featuring 1. 25 million feet of twisting lumber. This was named after a fabled lion with a tiger' s head. The ride takes you through 7, 000 feet of track and six “flybys” in which the trains pass each other at crossing speeds of 100 mph. According to African legend, the Gwazi Lion, with its superior strength, is locked in an intense battle over territory with the Gwazi Tiger, known for its cunning and superior speed. Each coaster has a distinct theme that symbolizes the different personalities and environments of the ferocious cats. Gwazi lion’s territory includes lava rocks in an African desert atmosphere, while the Gwazi tiger claims the lush landscape and cool streams of Asia.
My parents opted for the lion side as they think it is not so scary as the tiger, however the rest of us went for the tiger which is very bumpy but after all it is a wooden roller coaster!
This ended a lovely morning at Busch Gardens then we headed off for some serious shopping at Ellenton.
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Page added on: 29 December 2009
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