Raging through the Helices


It’s the second year of the Covid-19 pandemic and things are getting a bit back to normal as the numbers are currently dropping in Germany and more and more people are getting their vaccinations. Previously excisting restrictions are dropped and a visit to a theme park feels great once more – even though we are all wearing masks once we cannot avoid getting too close to people and of course on the rides.

Serengeti-Park and its Serengeti Safari

Since my last year’s visit was not the best, as Serengeti Park was crowded and the capacity of the rides was restricted to a minimum, I took a day off and visited the park on a very quiet Friday. This of course had the advantage of experiencing the awesome Serengeti Safari – one of the few drive-through safaris you can experience in an animal park – at my own pace and without being too restricted by the other cars. I was also right in time for the feeding of the lions, which led to some awesome pictures.

Splash Safari and the Black Mamba

After driving through the Serengeti Safari it was time to experience the theme park. Here, I mainly focused on the other “safari” experiences, which are mainly rather unique attractions and for the most part don’t feature any animals. I especially enjoyed the Splash Safari and Black Mamba Jetboat experiences, as both of them were extraordinary good in keeping you cool on a very hot summers day. While the Splash Safari offers a nice RIB speedboat ride on the park’s central lake, the Black Mamba jetboat safari just got you drenched the second the ride started – not to any surprise: It was the most popular ride on the day of visit.

Batukai Racer

The most recent addition to Serengeti Park is the roller coaster Batukai Racer by Technical Park which replaced the aging Chura Racer – a large Tivoli coaster made by Zierer. The layout of the 13m high family coaster basically only consists of a steep drop followed by three helices one after the other. The first of them is of special interest, as its curvature gets smaller when approaching the ground, which results in some very high G-forces and a rather awkward inclination. The second one acts like a small break in between as you get some more altitude before the final helix hits the ground. The ride itself is a bit jerky, yet not uncomfortable and a rather thrilling experience.

A story of a lost phone

So thrilling, that shortly after my first round, I wanted to do a second. I was a bit distracted taking photos with my camera so that I did not realised that I let my phone on one of the benches nearby before queuing up for the second ride. After the ride, my phone was gone and I started to panic a bit. I asked the ride operator if he saw anything, but that did not help. He gave me the information that it might end up at the service centre nearby the park’s main ticket booths at the end of the day. I waited some time and decided to give it a try and walked all the way to service centre, but they did not yet got anything. They asked me to come back shortly before their closure or write an email after my visit. So I went back around 5pm and to my own surprise they actually found it!

Even though I had to worry a bit about the phone, I had an extraordinary day at the park and enjoyed it quite a lot. The drive through the empty Serengeti Safari, the rides on the park’s roller coaster Safari Blitz and Batukai Racer, as well as the refreshing and drenching boat experiences on the Splash Safari and Black Mamba made my day.

Pictures Serengeti-Park


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On Aqua-Safari at Serengeti Park


Although the last visit to Serengeti Park was only three years ago, a lot has changed in the park, some for the better, but unfortunately also some for the worse. With the sale of the two Huss rides of the Rainbow and Enterprise type to the Danish Sommerland Syd, not only two pearls of the German park scene have been lost, but also removed from the European park landscape, because Sommerland Syd, although the portfolio was outstandingly good at that time, could no longer hold its ground and closed its doors.

Kumba Twister

In that same season, however, Serengeti Park presented a novelty to the public, the Technical Park Typhoon Kumba Twister. This medium sized revolving swing with outside view and roof, which admittedly is very special, is nice. For a family park like the Serengeti Park, this ride is quite a highlight, after all, it is much more exciting than the larger HUSS Frisbees with the same seating position, which is mainly due to the quite varied ride, including directional changes. Compared to the Italian manufacturers, Technical Park is far overshadowed by the companies Zamperla and Fabbri, because their rides, apart from their diversified riding style, also score with an insanely high airtime, which you unfortunately only feel to a certain extent here.


During our last visit to the new ride, there was too much traffic to take the ride, and admittedly the Rainbow was taking up all our time, so the Aqua-Safari finally had to be tested. The ride in the original airboats from Florida mainly consists of flat jokes, stylish wrecked animatronics, a fast-paced ride across the big lake and the skillful humidification of the passengers, preferably in the first row. Since the main component is the sophisticated entertainment by the drivers of the boats during the ride, it doesn’t bother that the actual ride on the lake is a little bit more family-friendly and only provides a little wind.

The boat tour on the tracks of King Kong offers besides the interaction with the guide a storyline at the end of which you will find an old acquaintance, because the King Kong used, whose scene reminds us of a new version of the Jungle Safari from Djurs Sommerland, is also misused as a decoration for a ride of the same name, as you can find it for example in the Belgian Bobbejaanland. Shortly after looking at the rather large figure from Heimotion the ride on the Aqua-Safari is unfortunately almost over.

While the jungle safari can only score points with flat jokes – after all, the figures used are mercilessly inviting – the Aqua Safari also offers a good driving experience, which is still unique in this form. Both safaris are a lot of fun and should not be missed, because they are the reason to go to the Serengetipark besides the main attraction, the big animal safari.

Conclusion Serengeti-Park

In general, Serengeti Park is a really nice family park, with a focus on the big safari and only limited investment in the theme park part. Since the portfolio of rides is almost too big for this park it makes sense to upgrade its old stock, as they showed at the Top Spin and will probably do so at the Calypso next door, and to reduce it if necessary. On the other hand the park reminds in many places of a Danish summerland, so it would be advisable to remove the existing playgrounds from their 80s charm and to extend them. In addition, it would make sense to build further activities independent of the carnival and, if necessary, to initiate a water park, because something like this is missing in the north and would certainly be popular during the high season.


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