On August 31, 2018, Busch Gardens Tampa announced through their social media channels that a limited time tour would be offered combining a safari tour with an up close experience with a black rhino. The 45 minute tour cost $49.99, and was available for guests ages five and up.
A total of 13 tour dates were made available in September 2018: 6 – 8, 10, 13 – 17, and 20 – 23. The park’s website described the tour sequence as first going out to feed the giraffes, then going behind the scenes at the black rhino habitat.
This tour was a precursor to the new Rhino Encounter that debuted in the summer of 2019.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay | Rhino Endangered Species Tour – accessed 8/31/2018
Twitter – @buschgardens | Aug 31 2018 – accessed 8/31/2018