Heart of Africa Insider Tour
Journey into the Edge of Africa during this unique behind-the-scenes walking tour and get up-close to some of the most intriguing animals in Africa like hippos and lions. Meet the keepers and learn about each animal's diet, behaviors and habitat. 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.
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The Heart of Africa 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 Heart of Africa 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 & lions
Photos of Hippos
Ask an Educator about HipposExpand All
Are hippos endangered?
Hippos are currently listed as a vulnerable species due to habitat loss and illegal and unregulated hunting for meat and ivory.
How long do hippos live?
In the wild, hippos typically live between 20 and 40 years. In managed care at accredited facilities like Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay hippos typically live into their fifties!
What do hippos eat?
Hippos are herbivores, which means they prefer grasses and vegetation. Since hippos’ lips are almost two feet wide, they are extremely efficient grazers.