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Congo River Rapids reviews

Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Congo River Rapids, a flume ride at Busch Gardens Tampa. (The minimum height to ride is 42 inches.)

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Posted: March 30, 2014

Congo River Rapids takes riders on a whitewater journey down a lively re-creation of the Congo River. While twirling along the river in circular rafts, guests are randomly splashed and plunged in the water as they bounce off surrounding banks, creating an unpredictable and often sopping-wet adventure. Spouting jets, looming waterfalls and an ominous water cave enhance this drenching experience. Bystanders along side the rapids’ banks contribute to the excitement by firing water spray jets at the unsuspecting adventurers.

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19 votes, so far

Decent 7/10 - Owen Scott

Congo River Rapids is that ride where you have to take a break in the middle of a hot summer day and it's better than sitting on a bench in the heat, but then when you're actually on it you really enjoy yourself. Hasn't been updated in forever (except the ride queue itself), but it still entertains. 7/10. - Nick McKaig

Best to ride this in the summer and spring, when days can get sweltering. Any of the time of the year and it's a fast way to get hypothermia. Not as good as some other rapid rides in the same vein, but still a good, quick way to cool off on those aforementioned days. - Eric Malone

Good ride nothing great but you might get soaked.6/10 - Giovanny Cruz

At first I was disappointed compared to Popeye and Kali. but this ride has grown on me. OK the ride itself is fairly tame, but the waterfall and the water-jets make it exciting, and although the ride is slow, there are various standing waves, some get you wet, some don't; it all adds to the fun. It can be very wet, and if you ride with others who enjoy wet rides it's lots of fun. It's very much a lottery, and normally a few riders will come off soaked. - Martin Rees

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