Kumba is a Bolliger & Mabillard sit down roller coaster located at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, in Tampa, Florida. Built in 1993, it stands 143 feet (44 m) tall and has a top speed of 60 mph. Kumba is one of the first in a line of multi-inversion coasters (that is, those having six or more inversions) built by B&M, and featured B&M's first ever diving loop and interlocking corkscrews.
The ride starts when the trains make a right-hand, 90-degree turn out of the station. Then, the riders climb the 143-foot-tall (44 m) lift hill. At the top, the 32 passenger trains pass through Bolliger & Mabillard's signature pre-drop element before making a swooping 135-foot (41 m) drop to the left, leading right into a 114-foot-tall (35 m) vertical loop, which wraps around the lift hill.
After leaving the vertical loop, riders rise up into Bolliger & Mabillard's first ever Diving loop. Following this, trains rise up into a Zero-G roll, before dropping to the ground. After speeding along a short straight section of track and small hill, trains pass through a Cobra roll, flipping riders upside down twice. A footbridge crosses over the entrance and exit to the Cobra roll. Leaving the cobra roll, the trains rise up into the midcourse brake run.
- Kumba was delivered with four trains, but in regular operation, can only run three. A fourth train is always in storage, and used to allow three train operation when another train is taken out of service, allowing one as a spare.
- Kumba is one of two Bolliger & Mabillard roller coasters to feature a vertical loop that wraps around the lift hill. The other roller coaster with such a vertical loop is Riddler's Revenge, a Stand-up roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
- This was the first ride to feature a number of now-common Bolliger & Mabillard roller coaster elements, including interlocking corkscrews and a diving loop.
- Riders must be 54 inches (1.4 m) tall to ride Kumba.
- The tracks were repainted in 2011.
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Designer Werner Stengel
Model Sitdown Coaster
Track layout Custom
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 143 ft (44 m)
Drop 135 ft (41 m)
Length 3,978 ft (1,212 m)
Speed 60 mph (97 km/h)
Inversions 7 (Vertical Loop, Dive Loop, Zero-G Roll, Cobra Roll, Two Interlocking Corkscrews)
Capacity 1700 riders per hour
Height restriction 4 ft 6 in (137 cm)