Tanganyika Tidal Wave

Replacing the African Queen Boat Ride, Tanganyika Tidal Wave used much of the former ride’s course and theming, and added a 55 foot drop.

Fast Facts:

Official Open Date: June 15, 1989
Close Date: April 10, 2016
Location: Stanleyville
Replaced: African Queen Boat Ride
Replaced By: Tigris


The boats held 20 passengers, and the course of the ride was approximately 1300 feet in length. At opening, a newspaper article reported there were exotic animal sounds pumped in, along with real white rhinoceros and American crocodile exhibits.

The ride was closed for a short unscheduled refurbishment on January 13 & 14, 2014 for “necessary repairs.”

It closed on April 10, 2016, and remained mostly intact until the summer of 2018 when it was demolished.


Additional details and images on Tanganyika Tidal Wave will be added in the future.


Pixels At The Parks | Apr 10 2016 – accessed 5/31/2017
Saw Pan | Busch Gardens – accessed 1/20/2018
Sun Sentinel | May 14 1989 – accessed 1/21/2018
Orlando Sentinel | Jul 24 1989 – accessed 3/23/2018
Twitter – @BuschGardens | Jan 8 2014 – accessed 4/28/2019