Hippo Tour at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Hippo Insider Tour


Join our animal care specialists for this popular Tampa tour of up-close and exotic animal experiences

The Edge of Africa walking tour allows guests to get up-close to some of the most iconic African species like hippos. Guests will have the opportunity to meet Busch Gardens’ animal care specialists while learning what it takes to feed, enrich and conserve these exotic species.


Reservations are encouraged as space is limited. Please check in for your tour directly at the Serengeti Outpost in Nairobi (just north of the train station) at least 15 minutes before your scheduled tour time.


For the safety of our guests, Ambassadors, and our animals, Busch Gardens has taken extra steps to provide the safest possible tour experience:

  • During this interaction, we require that individuals who are not fully vaccinated against Covid-19, including children not eligible for vaccination, wear masks.
  • All participants will be given the opportunity to sanitize their hands before and after their tour.
  • Hippo Insider Tour

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    Meet the animal keepers and join them behind-the-scenes for up-close encounters with hippos on this walking tour of the Edge of Africa. Must be ages 8 & up to participate.

    Journey into the Edge of Africa during this unique behind-the-scenes walking tour and get up-close to the Hippos that call Busch Gardens their home. Meet the keepers and learn about their diets, behaviors and habitat. Guests will have the opportunity to feed and interact with these incredible animals. Reservations are encouraged as space is limited.

    Things to know before you go:
    • Children must be ages 8 and up to participate. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
    • 30-minute walking tour.

    Pass Members save up to 20% on this experience. Please log in to see discounted pricing.

    The Hippo Insider is subject to availability. Limited quantities are available each day.


    Due to the nature of this tour, wheelchairs cannot be accommodated at this time. This tour requires significant walking in unpaved areas and on uneven terrain. If you require accommodation, please let us know in advance when you book your tour. We will make accommodations as possible to ensure your enjoyment of the Hippo Insider Tour.

    Park admission is not included and is required. Prices listed are per person and do not include tax. Tours must be cancelled a minimum of 24 hours in advance or total payment is forfeited. Tours are non-refundable if guests miss their tour time. If you have any questions or need to adjust your reservation, call (813)884-4FUN(4386). All tours are subject to availability. All tour components and pricing are subject to change.

    *Animal interactions and program components may vary.

    Get up-close to hippos
    Prices starting at
    Guest (ages 8+) $29.99 /ea.