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Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 9 out of 10

Roller coaster
Minimum height to ride: 54 inches

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A floorless Bolliger & Mabillard dive machine, SheiKra drops riders 90 degrees straight down a 200-foot fall, reaching a top speed of 70 miles per hour. The top of the initial lift hill grants a spectacular view of landmarks, including downtown Tampa, the adjacent Adventure Island water park and the University of South Florida campus, before rolling right over the edge and pausing. The train holds for five nerve-testing seconds before being released down the 200-foot vertical drop, zooming along the ground and backing up into an Immelman inversion.

Coasting over the brake hill, the train barely pauses for the second drop, a 138-foot drop at 81 degrees, which takes guests through part of the African jungle ruins, under the splashdown area and over the Zambia Smokehouse.


SheiKra was fun! It was the first thing I did when I went to Busch Gardens, and I'll definitely make sure to ride it next time. The first drop where they hang you over the edge for a few seconds was thrilling and pretty unique. SheiKra was also relatively quiet and smooth, which is a nice feature when it comes to roller coasters. The wait line was fairly short, but the ride broke down when we were just about to get on, which was frustrating. Other than that, an enjoyable ride and a definite "must-do" ride at Busch Gardens if you are tall enough and want to ride.
Overall - 9/10
Awesome roller coaster! Sheikra is smooth, fast, and has two great drops; however, it feels rather short... 9/10
Excellent coaster ! Very smooth and make sure to ride in the front
Wish it was longer though 10/10
Having been on more roller coasters than I can count, this ride, while short, contains the best drop I have ever experienced on a coaster (X2 is right behind). The straight-down drop combined with the pause at the top creates great suspense, and you're in the back row you really get hurled over the drop and pulled out of your seat. 9/10!
Great ride, an absolute must do if you visit busch gardens.

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