Cheetah and cub in the savanna

TO BE DELETED: Africa's Biggest Parks: Serengeti & Southern Tanzania Safari

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Serengeti, Ruaha National Park, Selous Game Reserve, Dar es Salaam

Suggested Duration

12 Days

The Serengeti and Southern Tanzania are Africa's great expressions of wilderness as safari reserves stretch for tens of thousands of square kilometers. There are hardly any other visitors here; it's just you and the continent's great collection of animals. With five days in the Serengeti and three each in Ruaha and Selous, journey into the wildest and untouched of safari destinations. Exclusive and iconic, it's a safari adventure into Africa's unknown.

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Trip Highlights

  • Track the great wildebeest migration through the Serengeti, with a mobile tented safari that follows the drama of the giant herds
  • Immerse yourself in the wonders and nuances of the Serengeti to enjoy five days of safari in what is Africa's most iconic destination
  • Discover the remote and exclusive wilderness of Ruaha, an enormous national park that stretches across Southern Tanzania
  • Spend three days in the huge Selous, one of Africa's largest reserves and a beautiful haven that's a thousand miles from the nearest city
  • Combine game drives with a walking safari and a boat safari, to afford you new angles on the surreal beauty of Tanzania
  • Enjoy intimate encounters with Africa's famed predators, visiting the three East African destinations that have the largest big cat populations
  • Spot the rare and elusive, like large packs of wild dogs and a myriad of rare antelopes
  • Get close to the giants and discover East Africa's largest elephant population

Detailed Description

Safari destinations dot the African landscape as reserves and parks provide a home for the great mammals of the continent. These destinations are not all the same; some are small and compact, protected areas that maintain a diverse collection of animals. Some are bigger than most countries as large stretches of wilderness exist where nature's rhythm has never been interrupted. Many parts of these giant national parks and reserves remain a mystery as they are simply too big to have been fully documented. Escape into these destinations, and it's rare that you will encounter other tourists or safari vehicles. In some senses, it feels as if you are alone. But you are never lonely, as across the tens of thousands of square kilometers you will find nature at its most dramatic, a lost world of wildlife that always provides an exclusive safari experience.

This handcrafted safari itinerary visits three of Africa's largest reserves and parks. You are immersed in vivid expressions of wilderness on a rugged adventure to the most untrammeled parts of the continent. Iconic Serengeti is well known for the great wildebeest migration features in countless documentaries, but with two million mammals rampaging around, there's always a baffling feeling of witnessing a personal wildlife show. Ruaha National Park covers a similar size to the Serengeti, larger than many European countries. This phantasmagorical wilderness provides a special three days with hardly another tourist in sight. Then there's Selous, comfortably East Africa's largest protected area as it stretches almost 50,000 square kilometers across Southern Tanzania. Remote, raw, resplendent: these three destinations provide a safari adventure for both the first-time visitor and the aficionado.

With scale comes a seductive beauty in that while the savannah and grasslands may feel like they stretch for eternity, there is always an intimate scene that unfolds in the foreground. Perhaps a pack of rare wild dogs on a hunt or maybe the trumpeted clash of elephant herds at the river, or the fearful tears of zebra on the run from a lion pride. With this safari, you enter a realm of millions of mammals, but it's often the personal close-ups that are most memorable. While these three parks are big, they are very different from each other. The Serengeti is a land of the great grass plains, the place of migration and infinite panoramas. Ruaha explodes with woodlands, wetlands, and deep stretches of the iconic African savannah. Selous is similarly diverse, but life is mostly congregated around the mighty Rufiji River.

This 12-day safari takes you deep into the inspiring wilderness. Start with five days in the Serengeti, including three days at a tented camp as you track the great wildebeest migration. The open grasslands provide a vibrant safari experience where scale is both surreal and sublime. There are no better places in Africa for massive herds and predatory scenes. Move next to Ruaha to take rugged trails through thick woodland and savannah. Complete your experience in Selous as boat and walking safaris provide a multitude of angles. Light aircraft connects these three remote and distant reserves to offer stunning aerials and minimize your travel time. Throughout it all, accommodation is in luxury camps to effortlessly blend into the environment and maximize your submersion in the wild. Even though you're thousands of miles from modern civilization, there is an elegance and comfort to these camps in the heart of nowhere. 

Starting Price

$7,015 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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