Roaring through the Congo section of Busch Gardens, Kumba is a steel roller coaster that opened in 1993. The 143 foot tall coaster features a 135 foot first drop, seven inversions, and speeds up to 60 miles per hour.

Fast Facts:

Official Open Date: April 21, 1993
Location: Congo
Height: 143 ft
Length: 3,978 ft
Max Speed: 60 mph
Duration: 2:54
Inversions: 7


The official opening date was April 21, 1993, with a preview for media and some 200 members of American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) held the day prior.

The name Kumba in Swahili means roar.

Postcard of Kumba – 1993

At opening, Kumba had the world’s tallest vertical loop. It was also the tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster in Florida at that point.

During a refurbishment in early May 2010, Kumba was repainted.


Additional details and images on Kumba will be added in the future.


Coasters by the Numbers” Fact Sheet, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 8/16/2016
Kumba – Busch Gardens Tampa – accessed 9/4/2016
St. Petersburg Times April 22, 1993 – accessed 1/14/2017
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Busch Gardens Tampa | Aug 11 2015 – accessed 7/21/2018