Since the opening of the Safari, the Safari Hospitality Center offered a tour bus as an alternative to those who either did not want to risk damage to their cars or for those who had cars with vinyl tops or convertibles which made taking the tour bus through the Safari a necessity.  For a small nominal fee guests could park in the Safari Hospitality Center's parking lot or take a tram from the theme park and experience the Safari in air conditioned comfort.  All they had to do was sit back and relax as a guide narrated all the wild life they experienced.  The elevated seating that the tour bus provided offered views that weren't available from lower riding cars.

A covered queue house was setup for those waiting for the bus and tickets could be purchased at the neighboring Guest Relations windows.  The types of buses used varied over the years starting with full size buses in the 70's and 80's, and then more efficient and smaller animal themed shuttle vans starting in the 90's.  In 2005, the Safari Tours bus stop was relocated into the theme park to make the option more convenient for theme park guests.  The first theme park bus stop was located just outside of the Northern Star Arena.