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Busch Gardens Tampa – Timbuktu: Introduction


Timbuktu is, of course, the legendary sub-Saharan trade crossroads that figures prominently in the popular imagination of adventure and exploration.

Here at Busch Gardens, Timbuktu is an open, sun-drenched plaza dotted with palm trees and featuring architecture that mimics the mud towers of its namesake. There is precious little shade here unless you venture indoors. The attractions in Timbuktu are a mismatched assortment, having little to do with either Timbuktu or even Africa. But then, Timbuktu is emblematic of far-flung trade, so perhaps it’s not so farfetched that it contains an eclectic grab bag of themed attractions from around the world.

There are no zoo animals here. In their place are a variety of typical amusement park rides, including Busch Gardens’ only carousel and several other kiddie rides. Also at hand are a collection of midway games, cleverly disguised as a sub-Saharan marketplace, and a video arcade.

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