How to Get in Tanzania

How to Get in Tanzania, By Flight, By Sea, By Vehicle

All our safaris in Northern Tanzania start and finish in Arusha, Tanzania. Kilimanjaro International Airport (airport code – JRO) is about fifty-five kilometers from Arusha and receives daily KLM flights from Europe.

As KLM flights continue to Dar-es-Salaam (airport code – DAR), it is possible to arrange an itinerary with arrival into Kilimanjaro and departure from Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam. This is particularly useful for those wishing to include a visit to Zanzibar or the Southern reserves in their itinerary.

Arusha is a great deal closer to Nairobi (airport code – NBO), the capital of Kenya, than it is to Dar-es-Salaam. The number of airlines and frequency of flights into Nairobi is much greater than those into Dar, and the prices more competitive. For these reasons, the vast majority of safari visitors to Northern Tanzania fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport or Nairobi. We can arrange shuttle-bus transfers or private transportation for clients from Nairobi to Arusha.

There are several charter flights from Europe into Mombasa (airport code – MBA). These are mostly booked by tour operators running package tours but space may be available on a “seat only” basis.

There is an inexpensive shuttle bus running twice daily between Nairobi and Arusha.
The shuttle bus from Nairobi has one early morning departure (08:00 AM) and one afternoon departure (14:00). The terminals are the Norfolk, Stanley and Hilton Hotels in Nairobi and in Arusha, the Bella Luna Restaurant and Impala Hotel. The journey takes at least three and a half hours or more depending on road conditions and subject to formalities at the border crossing at Namanga. Clients do have the option of arranging private transportation with Tanzania Giraffe Safaris from Nairobi to Arusha and return at a supplementary charge.

There is a daily flight available from Nairobi airport to Kilimanjaro airport and Kilimanjaro to Nairobi.

Coastal Air, Regional Air Services and Precision Air run scheduled flights between Dar, Arusha, Zanzibar and various other regional airports and airstrips. In the Northern area Regional Air Services has a flight from Arusha most days of the week visiting several game park airstrips and returning to Arusha.

In addition to the scheduled flights on light aircraft, there are charter airlines who can arrange flights between any of the destinations.