Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Florida Theme Park & Attractions

Tanganyika Tidal Wave

  • Thrill
  • Splash
  • Height
    48" Minimum

Experience the Tanganyika Tidal Wave as a monstrous, drenching splash engulfs you and any bystanders at the bottom of a 55-foot waterfall drop.

Cruise a gentle and beautiful stretch of African river country, but be prepared for what nature has in store. This river falls out from under you, dropping you 55 feet into the waters below.

A special glass viewing panel on the bridge near Tanganyika Tidal Wave provides the best views of the attraction’s awesome splash and 55-foot drop, while keeping onlookers dry.

Ready for the thrill, but don't wan to get soaked? Stop Kariba Marketplace to purchase a poncho before challenging Tanganyika Tidal Wave.

Tanganyika Tidal Wave is currently closed and is scheduled to reopen on October 10th.

Ride Access

For those guests who are not able to wait in line, a Virtual Queue system is utilized and guests will be given a return time to ride (see team member at the ride entrance). At the provided time, the guest will proceed to the ride exit to board the ride. Please see a team member for assistance and loading instructions.

Height Restrictions

Riders must be 48” to ride Tanganyika Tidal Wave.

Ride Restrictions

For your safety, you should ride only if you are in good health. Guests who know or suspect that may be pregnant, have high blood pressure, heart conditions, neck or back problems, recent surgery, sensitivity to strobe effects, prone to motion sickness, have a heightened sensitivity to dark enclosed places or any other impairment or medical condition that may be affected by the features of this ride or prevent the normal seating or use of the safety restraints as provided, shall not ride.

Physical Restriction

Each rider must be able to remain sitting up straight, keeping their head upright, their back and shoulders against the seat back, and their hands, arms, legs and feet down and inside the ride at all times. Guests must have appropriate weight distribution to allow the restraint device to function properly. Guests must be able to hold on with one functioning hand and brace with one functioning leg. Two functioning hands are sufficient instead of three functioning extremities if the guest has a normal center of gravity and the lower extremities are sufficiently strong to maintain a proper riding posture under the dynamic conditions of the ride. Amputation must be at knee or below. Guests with a broken collar bone, neck brace, cervical collar, full leg cast, or a braced arm cast must not ride. Please review all restrictions listed on the sign at the attraction entrance.

Service Animals

Not Permitted

Accessibility Guide

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Quick Queue