Website: Busch Gardens Tampa Homepage
Ride Type: Steel Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 4.4118
TPC Overall Rank: #65 out of 2933 rides.
Reviews: 134
Last Review: 1/25/2013 12:29:00 AM
In User Top 10: 209 times.
User Tracker Count: 365 times.

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5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Pete C on 9/28/2005 3:59:00 PM
I am amazed at this ride. Kumba has aged so well its almost unbelievable!! POWER. That is one word that describes Kumba in a nutshell. How can this 135 ft drop generate so much speed? How is each inversion so powerful and fluid? How does this coaster keep its momentum all the way to the final brakes? Those are questions I asked myself while riding this 10+ year old ride, and why no other looper has ever been able to top it. I will agree that it needs new paint like no other coaster I have seen in a while. This proud shrine to coaster perfection should not be an eyesore!!

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up x307 on 8/29/2005 11:59:00 AM
Well, the last time I was at BGT [in 1998], this puppy got a 9.5 rating from me. I was glad to go back this year and ride it again, even though I assumed it wouldnt be quite as awesome as before. The first thing I noticed is that Kumba really, REALLY needs a paintjob. The blue paint is just dying, especially on the rails, where its all rust colour now, and it creates just a terrible image of poor maintenance. The ride itself has a great layout, which is almost lost on B&M these days, as they seem to be content churning out rides with the same two or three elements. The ride is FAST, and not overly rough. It launches through the elements, just flying along the track. The cobra roll is the only real source of pain I felt, as its taken at seemingly blistering speed, and the inversion itself really isnt all that big. So, small, tight inversion taken at fast speeds = BAD FOR HEAD. The rest of the ride was running fairly smooth, though I caught a bit of banging on the drop off the mid-course brakes [which were on hard, but not hard enough to stop the momentum of the rest of the ride]. This ride was still very good, although it has lost some of its luster from the last time I rode it. I give it more than an 8, but not enough to warrant a 9, so it stays at 8. Still a great ride, especially for being 12 years old [!!!], and definately worth a spin or three. I enjoyed the front more than the back, though the back was a bit more intense.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up gotenks06 on 8/28/2005 9:03:00 PM - User's Top Ride #4
Awesome ride. I had no wait, and got right into a side in the back. The lift hill was long, and went into a normal B&M swooping drop. The loop was there to start it off, and the zero-G roll felt insane. It was like you were almost being pushed out the side. The cobra roll was insanely compact and fast, but pretty rough. (I still liked it though. ) It went up into the mid-course brake run, and dropped into corkscrews that started out fast, and sped up as they went. Awesome. Then it seemed to lose its speed for a few seconds, until it abruptly banked and fell into a dark tunnel. The helix was very tight and forceful, and it went right into the brakes.

I just had to ride again. The line had gotten longer, so I took middle. Everything felt a little bit faster and a little bit more awesome. It was worthy of a ten even before trying middle. Kumba is a truly awesome ride, if not a bit disorienting.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up figment873 on 8/11/2005 5:42:00 PM
I really enjoyed this almost "classic" ride. I think that the amount of land that this ride covers is great. The ride is very long. What made this ride for me was the increase in speed through the corckscrews. The second time I rode this I did feel a couple of rough spots. I am not sure if I was brakes or not. But the loop around the hill is great. I had no wait time on this ride, and actually got to stay on for my second ride. The natural setting around this coaster adds to this coaster. A must ride! Nice to see a sit down be that good.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up flcoaster on 7/27/2005 1:59:00 PM - User's Top Ride #4
One of the most coolest coasters ever! I like it a little more than Montu. It was really fast. The first inversion is the best. It drops into a 360degree loop over the climb. Its perfect. One of my favorites.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up taylorb251 on 7/20/2005 3:17:00 PM
Kumba is a great coaster. Busch gardens got this coaster right. It might have the best loops in it than any other coaster. The twist and turns are also world class. You must ride this coaster.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up RCGenius on 7/10/2005 7:35:00 AM
Kumba was truly a great all-around classic coaster. For a B&M coaster that has been running since 1993, it's still a smooth & graceful ride nevertheless. The 1st drop was great, the loop encircling the lift hill was something different and fun, the African theme around it was great, and all of the elements of Kumba were placed perfectly and are taken at a fast pace. Each element of Kumba was very intense as it seemed that even after the mid-course brakes, the ride was still ripping through the 2 corkscrews with sheer speed and pure intensity. The 2 tunnels on it was also a great way of using that landscape around it. Overall, its my 2nd favorite coaster only slightly falling short to Montu. I did enjoy Kumba though better than SheiKra b/c it has a nice long layout to it too. Definitely ride Kumba at least once when you're visiting BGT to experience one of the few classic sitdown loopers that can still be high on any coaster enthusiasts lists.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up J65 on 6/4/2005 1:02:00 PM - User's Top Ride #6
Kumba is an excellent ride, though its age is starting to catch up to it. The Cobra Roll and Interlocked Corkscrews can be rough. But the first three inversions are smooth and absolutely huge. Busch put in an excellent Congo theme and made the actual coaster zip under and over the paths numerous times. The loud roar of the coaster can be heard anywhere around the Congo Section.

4 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up FLA8 on 5/23/2005 6:56:00 PM - User's Top Ride #7
The meaning of roar in the congo language,Kumba is a Busch gardens classic.When people think of Busch gardens they think of beer,animals,and the Kumba.I love there first huge gigantic loop right after the first drop,and I love there multiple loops twords the end of the ride.Its all a really smooth coaster,some people say its not,but it seems smooth to me.It has some airtime,I dont know if it has alot but I think some.The only problem with Kumba is its slow loading.there is never a line I just walk to the loading dock but there is always a 15 minunte wait because the loading speed is alittle slow,But its still a fun twisting steel coaster and you can only find it at Busch gardens tampa.

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up darkridrMD on 5/6/2005 12:43:00 PM
I love this coaster. For the most part, pretty smooth although I find there a couple o times that my ears get boxed by the headrests. Good ride time too. I used to live in Tampa, and I miss having my Busch Gardens season pass and riding Kumba over and over again.

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