What airport for Tanzania Safari

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What Airport For Tanzania Safari

Tanzania has 2 main ports of entry for airline passengers

1) Southern Circuit -Dar Es Salaam – Tanzania’s largest city has Julius Nyerere International Airport also known as Dar airport (IATA code DAR). This airport is the gateway to the Southern Circuit for Tanzania Safaris and includes Ruaha National Park, Nyerere National Park and many of the Swahili Coast getaways including Kilwa, Mafia and Fanjove Island.

2) Northern Circuit – Kilimanjaro – Tanzania’s safari capital Arusha is accessed from Kilimanjaro International Airport also known as KIA airport (IATA code JRO). This airport is the gateway to the Northern Circuit for Tanzania Safaris and includes Serengeti National Park, Mt Kilimanjaro and Ngorongoro Crater.

For Budget Safari Travelers wondering which airport for a Tanzania Safari we recommend 2 options:

1) Nairobi – Fly into Kenya, specifically Nairobi for much cheaper fares than flying into Tanzania. From Jomo Kenyatta International Airport there are shuttle buses throughout the day that can take you the 4 hour drive to Arusha – the safari capital of Tanzania.

2) If you are planning a North Safari / Kilimanjaro ascent followed by a beach holiday, we recommend you to book a jaw flight. A jaw flight involves flying into 1 airport and out from another – fly into Kilimanjaro and out from Dar or Zanzibar. Of course, this approach can be reversed.



There are over 100 small airstrips and airports throughout Tanzania, many of these have scheduled flights from some of the smaller Tanzanian airlines and the remainder can be reached by charter flights. The National Parks of Tanzania all have airstrips which mean for those with time constraints you will have no problem in flying in to the parks. Charter airlines are a good option: Prices are manageable if you can get a group together large enough to fill the plane (usually three- or five-seaters). Please note the luggage limit on these aircrafts is 15 kg (33 lb), packed in soft bags.


As there are usually a multitude of airstrips in National Parks then flying safaris are very common in Tanzania. These are great for saving time – distances between National Parks can be 4-6 hours drive and flying allows the ability to see a large number of parks in a short time.

We also recommend flying safaris for those wanting to connect different safari circuits. The other huge benefit with flying is that Tanzania is a beautiful green country and when you are in the air on a small plane you can really appreciate that. The only issue we have with flying between parks is that you are not able to have that glimpse of traditional Tanzania culture and life you see while driving. 


What Airport To Use For Your Safari In Tanzania

Tanzania Safari to northern circuit use Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

Tanzania Safari to southern circuit use Dar Es Salaam International Airport (DAR)

Tanzania Safari to Zanzibar use Zanzibar International Airport (ZNZ)

  • Kilimanjaro Airport there are shuttle buses between KIA and Arusha – perfect for those on a budget rather than a 45 minute bus ride.

  • Tanzanian fly in safaris are not cheap and we recommend if you are looking for this kind of safari to look for a lodge group which offer flights, accommodation and safari activity packages – these companies with their own planes often offer cheap flights to make sure the lodges are full.

  • Zanzibar with Safari: If you are flying from the Northern Circuit National Parks of Tanzania – check the local airport Arusha – ARU for cheaper flights to Zanzibar

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