Africa U.S.A. was only going to be a botanical
garden. The Pedersen family raised over 55,000
plants to create a 40 acre tropical garden.
Admission to the gardens was free! The only
admission charged was the $2.00 fare for the
Jungle Train tour and boat ride.
Some of the plants included banyan, coffee,
vanilla orchids, tapioca, kapok trees, camphor,
sugarcane, ginger, pineapple, and many different
species of palm. Read below from some of the
original folders about the Tropical Gardens at
U.S.A. Is Florida's Most Fabulous Tourist
Attraction, and the only place of its
kind in the the United States. The
visitors are taken directly into the
African animal kingdom where they view
roaming herds of animals face to face.
Conducted tours of the jungle areas are
made on miniature trains over four miles
of winding trails in and out of the
jungle, through many herds of African
animals. The trains also take you through
the Tropical Gardens area of Africa U.S.A.,
where you can view acres and acres of
blooming plants from all tropical and sub-tropical
sections of the world; over 55,000 rare
and exotic plants and miles of winding
streams where electric boats take you on
a tour of the flower bedecked canals and
See the famous "Watusi" geyser
erupt with a terrific rumbling noise
every 32 minutes, exploding over 160 feet
into the sky. This is Florida's only
Also at Africa U.S.A. is "Zambezi"
Falls, Florida's largest scenic
waterfall, spilling over 6,000,000
gallons of crystal clear water, daily,
into its flower-bedecked gorge.
At "Jungle Town", Africa U.S.A.
you can see the famous Phil Carrol
training his gorillas, chimpanzees and
monkeys. He is undoubtedly the world's
greatest trainer of these animals.
Remember, Africa U.S.A. is a "must
see" tourist attraction while you
are in Florida. DON'T MISS IT!!
The Africa U.S.A. property is today the Camino Gardens development. The
front entrance of the development is much
the same as it was at Africa U.S.A. with
the geyser base still visible.
Geyser Base - 2001
This is all that
remains of the waterfall - the base of
cement is clearly visible.