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Getting to Tanzania and getting around

Getting to Tanzania is quite straightforward. There are two key things to know: If visiting the northern parks, fly to Arusha’s Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). If visiting the southern parks, fly to Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR). The best way of getting around is in our 4x4s, driven by an expert-guide or a fly-in-safari. Visas, easy to obtain online or on arrival at the airport for most nationalities, are explained in more detail below.

Getting to Tanzania and getting around


Direct or connecting flights to Tanzania are available from most major cities in the world. Once in Tanzania, getting to the three safari circuits is straight forward.

Different regions in Tanzania

The Northern Circuit

The Serengeti National Park, home to the wildebeest-migration; Ngorongoro Crater, a spectacular extinct volcano; and Tarangire National Park, an elephant lover’s paradise; are all accessed from Arusha’s Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). You will be collected from the airport and driven to your destination by our expert-guides in our specially adapted 4×4’s. Leaving no chance of getting lost in the wide-plains of northern Tanzania. Alternatively, you can fly by small aircraft to one of the bush airstrips inside the national parks.

The Southern Circuit

Nyerere National Park, UNESCO heritage-grade game-viewing; Ruaha National Park with huge baobab trees; and Mikumi National Park with abundant numbers of game are all accessed from Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR). Once again, our expert team will collect you from the airport and drive you to your destination.

The Western Circuit

Home to Tanzania’s most remote and exclusive National Parks, such as Gombe Stream National Park, famous for Jane Goodall’s chimpanzee; Katavi National Park, arguably Tanzania’s most remote and best game-viewing location; and the staggeringly beautiful Mahale Mountains National Park are all fly-in-safari destinations. We will organise this domestic flight for you, which departs from either Arusha or Dar es Salaam airports.

Getting to Zanzibar: How to get to Zanzibar from Tanzania

Getting to Zanzibar is easy thanks to its international airport, Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ). If you want to enjoy a beach holiday after your safari, you can also fly to Zanzibar from Arusha or Dar es Salaam. Located 5km from Zanzibar’s capital, Stone Town, we will collect you from the airport and drive you to your beach hotel.

Getting to Mount Kilimanjaro

Getting to Mount Kilimanjaro starts by flying into the aptly named Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).  Our team will collect you and take you to your starting point. If you have booked a pre-night before the start of your Kilimanjaro climb, we will collect you from your hotel the next morning and take you to the mountain.

If you book a safari with us, we can plan all of your travel details, so you do not have to.

Which domestic flights can you book in Tanzania?

Being such a large country, domestic or charted-flights, can be a common way of accessing some of Tanzania’s more remote national parks. If the Zanzibar Archipelago is on your itinerary as a post-safari-destination, it is likely that you will have at least one domestic flight on your itinerary.

Benefits of a remote fly-in safari

For many a safari to Tanzania is as a once-in-a-lifetime experience and for most travellers, price is the number-one consideration when choosing where to go in Tanzania. However, before you choose a lower-priced driving-safari, you could consider a few points.

Visitors to Tanzania often underestimate the very long distances between the parks and the time you will spend travelling in the vehicle. The peak period, being the dry season, is the best time to go to Tanzania, which can make the most accessible parks quite busy.

A fly-in-safari, whilst more expensive, will give you the chance to visit remote, beautiful parks, like Katavi National Park or Mahale Mountains National Park, which have exceptional game viewing. Even during the peak seasons, you will feel like you have the park to yourself – a rare feature in today’s busy safari world. What’s more you will stay in some of the world’s best accommodation in these remote parks.

Talk to one of travel experts to find-out-more and we can organise every detail of your fly-in safari.

Arusha Town Tanzania

Arusha is the starting point for safaris on the popular Northern Circuit.

Should I do a self-drive or guided tour in Tanzania?

We would generally not recommend self-driving tours in Tanzania, due to the extremely challenging navigation required in some of Tanzania’s enormous parks. Ease of getting lost, long distances between parks and poor-driving-conditions makes self-driving a challenge. Plus, if you plan on driving to Tanzania’s national parks, experience in off-road-driving and basic mechanics is a must.

Guided tours: Safaris with guide

Instead of a self-drive, you can focus on the natural wonders in Tanzania on our guided safaris: Your very own expert-guide will be behind the wheel in one of our specially adapted Toyota Land Cruisers.

We arrange every little detail for you. From picking you up at the airport, to guiding you to key locations, like the best river-crossings on the famous wildebeest migration. Arriving at your accommodation at the right time and without getting lost, has to be a plus. Enjoy the ride and let us do the hard work.

Leaving the best point to last

As you will discover, our guides are exceptional at what they do. They are true experts in their field. Acutely tuned into when guests need some alone time or when they need advice, we know that the guides will be one of the main reasons why you will enjoy your safari to Tanzania so much.


Travel advice can change at any time, so please refer to your local Tanzania Embassy/Commission to keep up-to-date with visa requirements for Tanzania.

Tanzania visa requirements

A visa is required for a large number of visitors to Tanzania and are obtainable when you arrive. However, to avoid queuing for quite a long while when you land in Tanzania, we highly recommend obtaining an e-visa before you arrive.

Time required to receive a Tanzanian visa

Visa requirements can change – please contact your local embassy for the latest valid information well in advance before travelling to Tanzania.

You can obtain an e-visa via this online portal or at your local Tanzania Embassy/Commission. Ordinary visas typically take 2 to 4 weeks to be issued, cost 50 USD and lasts for up to 90 days.

What travel documents should I bring to Tanzania?

We do recommend bringing the following travel documents with you to Tanzania:

  • A passport which must be valid for at least 6 months after your intended departure date.
  • A yellow fever vaccination card is required if you are entering from a yellow-fever-infected country such as Kenya and Uganda.
  • A return flight or proof that you have the means (a credit card) to pay for an onward flight.
  • A form of payment. Remember to notify your bank that you are travelling to Tanzania.
  • A copy of your travel insurance and other important documents.
  • A credit card in case of an emergency.
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