Busch Gardens Tampa (formerly known as Busch Gardens Africa and Busch Gardens: The Dark Continent) is an African-themed animal theme park located in Tampa, Florida. Busch Gardens Tampa is owned and operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

The park opened the "Sesame Street Safari of Fun" attraction area in spring 2010. The area depicts the Sesame Street characters in costumes and settings that "celebrate the spirit of Africa."[1]

A construction worker named Bif (Peter Linz) appeared at a press event promoting the section in January 2010, while Elmo (Kevin Clash) appeared with park General Manager Jim Dean at the March 2010 opening. (YouTube)


Air Grover

Air Grover is a junior roller coaster.

Bert & Ernie's Water Hole

Bert & Ernie's Water Hole is a water attraction.

Big Bird's Whirly Birdie

Big Bird's Whirly Birdie is a kiddie ferris wheel.

Cookie Monster's Canopy Crawl

Cookie Monster's Canopy Crawl is a three-story interactive climbing area.

The Count's Zambezi Rally

The Count's Zambezi Rally is a car ride attraction in which guests ride in the Countmobile.

Elmo's Safari Go-Round

Elmo's Safari Go-Round is a tribal carousel ride.

Elmo's Treehouse Trek

Elmo's Treehouse Trek is a three-story interactive play structure.

Oscar's Swamp Stomp

Oscar's Swamp Stomp is a water play area.

Rosita's Djembe Fly-Away

Rosita's Djembe Fly-Away is a chair swing ride themed around a djembe, a West African drum.

Sesame Street Presents "Lights, Camera, Imagination!" (2010-13)

See Sesame Street 4-D Movie Magic

Slimey's Sahara Sand

Slimey's Sahara Sand is an interactive sand play area.

Snuffy's Elephant Romp

Snuffy's Elephant Romp is a flying elephant ride similar to Disneyland's Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction.

Sunny Day Theater

Sunny Day Theater is the stage area where Sesame characters put on musical shows. The regular show since 2010 has been "A Is for Africa". In 2015, the Sesame Place stage show "Elmo Rocks!" filled in for the summer.

Telly's Jungle Jam

Telly's Jungle Jam is an interactive play area where kids can explore "sounds, shapes and shadows."

Zoe-Patra & the Hippos of the Nile

Zoe-Patra is a flume ride down the Nile river.

Stores and Dining

  • Abby Cadabby's Treasure Hut
  • Big Bird's 123 Smile with Me character photo area
  • Cookie Monster's Trading Post
  • Dine with Elmo and Friends! character dining
  • Snack-n-Geti Tribal Treats



Busch Gardens Africa has two exclusive Sesame Street Safari of Fun toys -- plush dolls of Elmo and Zoe in safari gear. Elmo has binoculars and Zoe has a camera; they're both toting green backpacks with the "Safari of Fun" logo. Visitors can also make a set of pressed pennies in the park.

See also


  1. "Detailed look at the upcoming Sesame Street Safari of Fun at Busch Gardens", Attractionsmagazine.com. January 15, 2010.