“Off the beaten path” is a travel cliche…but every once in a while, a trip comes along that warrants that description. This is that safari. “Serengeti” may be a household word, but Selous is decidedly not. Neither is Ruaha or Katavi. Many of Tanzania’s most amazing wildlife sanctuaries are names you’ve never heard of. In these remote parks and reserves in southern Tanzania, vast rivers, woodlands and floodplains attract animals in staggering numbers. The Selous Game Reserve, four times larger than the Serengeti, is home to some 13,000 elephants. In Ruaha National Park, packs of wild dog roam the plains while lion and cheetah pursue huge herds of game. And in Katavi, hippos by the thousands crowd mud holes and river channels, creating a raucous display. For adventurers seeking an immersion in Africa at its most untamed, southern Tanzania stands alone.