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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, which are easy to obtain online or upon 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 worldwide. Once in Tanzania, getting to the three safari circuits is straightforward.

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. This means there is no chance of getting lost in the vast 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, with UNESCO-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

Western Tanzania is home to some of the most remote and exclusive National Parks. 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, departing from Arusha or Dar es Salaam airports.

Getting to Zanzibar: How to get to Zanzibar from Tanzania

Getting to Zanzibar is easy with it’s international airport, Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ). If you want to enjoy a beach holiday after your safari, you can fly to Zanzibar from Arusha or Dar es Salaam. We will collect you from the airport and drive you to your 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 an additional night before the start of your Kilimanjaro climb, we will collect you from your hotel the following day and take you to the mountain.

If you book a safari with us, we can organise all of the details, so you do not have to.

Which domestic flights can you book in Tanzania?

Being such a large country, domestic or charted flights, are 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, you will likely have at least one domestic flight.

Benefits of a remote fly-in safari

For many, a safari to Tanzania is 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 selecting a lower priced driving safari, consider a few points.

Visitors to Tanzania often underestimate the long distances between the parks and the time they will spend travelling in a vehicle. Moreover, the peak period, the dry season, is the best time to visit Tanzania. However, during peak seasons, the popular northern parks can feel busy.

Although a fly-in safari may be more expensive, it will allow you 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?

In general, self-driving safaris are not recommended in Tanzania due to challenging navigation in enormous parks, usual driving styles and poor driving conditions. Moreover, if you plan on driving to Tanzania’s national parks, experience in off-road driving and basic mechanics is highly recommended.

Guided tours: Safaris with a guide

With a guided safari, you can focus on the experience and the natural wonders without worrying about the logistics. Your expert guide will be behind the wheel of one of our specially adapted Toyota Land Cruisers.

We arrange every detail, 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 aware of when guests need time alone or advice. Their passion for their country, people, and wildlife will be a defining factor of your safari, and they will likely be one of the main highlights of your safari to Tanzania.


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

Many visitors to Tanzania require a visa, which can be obtained when you arrive. However, to avoid queuing for a long time when you land in Tanzania, we highly recommend obtaining an e-visa before you arrive. Please make sure you are using this website to obtain the e-visa.

Time required to receive a Tanzanian visa

Visa requirements can change, so please refer to your local embassy for the latest information before travelling to Tanzania.

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

What travel documents should I bring to Tanzania?

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

  • A passport must be valid for at least six 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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