Rhinos at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay


See two different species of rhinos on the Serengeti Plain®

Learn how to spot unique characteristics of the black and white rhinos.


Southern white rhinos are native to eastern and southern Africa. These massive animals can stand more than 6 feet at the shoulder and weigh as much as 5,000 pounds. Black rhinos are found in bushy plains, rugged hills, and scrublands in isolated areas of Central and South Africa. Black rhinos also are known as the prehensile, or hook-lip, rhinos. This lip is a special tool used for browsing on leaves and twigs.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is now home to a new baby rhino! Winnifred, the newest addition to our Serengeti Plain family, is a southern white rhino already weighing in at more than 200 pounds! Check out the video below and visit Winnifred on our Serengeti Safari tour.®.

Location: Serengeti Plain

  • Private VIP Rhino Safari

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    Reserve your own private truck for your group for an unforgettable off-road wildlife safari. Get an up-close encounter with a Black Rhino and hand-feed giraffes.

    Adventure across the Serengeti Plain on an open-air touring vehicle where you will hand-feed giraffes before exploring our Black Rhino habitat where you'll get an insider’s look at how Busch Gardens cares for this critically endangered species. Go behind-the-scenes to meet the keepers and observe how they train and work with these remarkable animals.  Must be ages 5 & up to participate.

    Things to know before you go:
    • Each reservation is valid for a private safari of up to 12 people
    • 45-minute off-road wildlife safari.
    • Anyone 13 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.
    • Safari vehicle is standing room only and includes stair climbing. Closed-toe shoes are recommended.
    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. This tour requires climbing up and down stairs.

    Please check in for your Private VIP Rhino safari directly at the Serengeti Outpost in Nairobi (just north of the train station) at least 15 minutes before your scheduled tour time.


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

    The Private VIP Rhino Safari is subject to availability. Limited quantities are available each day.

    Park admission is not included and is required. Prices listed are for a group of up to 12 people and does not include tax. Limit of 12 people per safari truck. Advanced reservations must be made before day of visit. 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. Animal interactions and program components may vary. All tour components and pricing are subject to change.
    Per Group
    Prices Starting at
    Private Safari $599.00 /party

Ask an Educator about Rhinos

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What is a rhino’s horn made of?

A rhino's horn is not a true horn that is attached to the skull. It grows from the skin and is made up of keratin fibers, the same material found in hair and nails.

How much do black rhinos weigh?

Black rhinos weigh 1,000 to 3,000 pounds.

How do rhinos get their food?

Black rhinos use their prehensile lips to feed on grasses and plants.