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--Gwazi (Lion & Tiger)
--all three water rides if it's warm
--sky ride (cable cars)
--eat at the Crown Colony House
That pretty much covers most of the major highlights of the park. There's more to do, but if you at least hit these, you'll have seen a good bit of what's worth seeing in a day.
Montu, Kumba, Sheikra are wonderful.
Katonga is a fantastic show. Don't miss it.
As coasters go, you will obviously ride them all. You will be disappointed by Sheikra, but think Montu is the greatest invert ever.
Kumba is one of my favorite B&Ms, and I found Sheikra to be great, even though it was short. It also seems to be a capacity MONSTER with the ultra-wide trains. Rhino Rally can be great if you get a good driver, but I wouldn't wait in line more than 20 minutes for it. Beware of the low capacity there.
Katonga is a must-see, and if you are over 21, be sure to stop by the Hospitality House (near Gwazi) for the FREE beer samples. On my first trip in 2005, I was able to participate in a focus group (look for people signing folks up near the gate), and get "paid" (park money) for drinking experimental alcoholic beverages!
I didn't find Montu as great as Raptor on my first trip, but warmed up to it on my 2nd.
Be prepared for serious Gs on Scorpion, so don't go on it too soon after you have gotten your free beer samples. ;).
I hope this helps. I found this park to be extremely enjoyable, and you should have a blast!
Also, IF you have extra time, check out some of the Animal exhibits.
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Sit toward the front on Montu. The elements are spit-fire.
Sheikra is a blast. It's not super intense but it's just a cool coaster to experience and to watch.
Hope you aren't over 6ft in height because if you are, Scorpion is a pain to fit in with the legs. I get wedged in when I ride. It's still a great coaster (hey, it's an Anton). :)
Gwazi on both sides are fun but nothing spectacular. Still a can't miss.
Rhino Rally is cool but don't bother with it if the water portion of the ride is not working.
Cheetah Chase IMO is the worst mouse coaster I have been on. It it braked to death. But get the credit in anyway. :)
Besides the rides, if you like animals, then this park now becomes even more fun to visit.
I honestly entered the park with my sights on Montu, but after I left, Kumba was surely one of the biggest surprises for me on any coaster anywhere, it just rocks.
I found gwazi to be pretty amazing too, I wish I got to ride it dueling, but still both tracks are above average rides.
Check out the animals everywhere!
And don't miss the park's log flume, it is the best I have ever ridden!
Also, if you like hangtime, don't forget about "Pheonix". I LOVED that ride! It's basically a very intense looping starship, but, way better than most. Also in that area is this unique(looking) ride called sandstorm. If the wait is over 5 minutes, skipt it. ;)
I was also really impressed with Gwazi. I wasn't expecting much because I had heard bad things about it, but I found it smooth and enjoyable. Maybe it's because I'm used to riding the Beast and SOB.
Also, I would highly recomend the restaurant behind Sheikra. Something Smokehouse, I forget the name. Awesome chicken and beef briscut.
As for coasters, I haven't been there since before they build Shiekra and Cheetah Chase. I do know that Montu is a must do. Get a front row seat as the visuals on this ride are the best you can get on an invert here in the US. (My guess is Nemesis would give it some serious competition for the world title ;)) Also, check out Kumba. One of the more forceful B&Ms out there, which is a good thing :)
Also, have a lot of patience for the rides. The ride ops in the park suck. They are EXTREMELY slow. If you accept that going in you will have a much better day. If you get frustrated with them, go have a free beer at the hospitality house.
Everyday, they smoke the ribs over a differant kind of wood.
I recommend doing all the coasters, do rhino rally if the whole ride is operating, and watch the weather for the skyride.
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