Travel Information and International Flights are important in planning for your Tanzania Safari or Zanzibar beach holiday.

For international Flight bookings from the Americas, Asia, Australia, and Europe…

Based on the itinerary you choose or tailor to suit you, your itinerary can start in Arusha and end in Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar or vice versa, thus the inbound and outbound flights can be booked on this basis. Some of our holiday packages offer both Safari and Zanzibar, which means that your point of arrival (inbound) is Arusha and your point of Departure (outbound) is Zanzibar. An ‘open jaw’ ticket would suit your needs.

The following airlines offer ‘open jaw’ tickets

  • KLM serves both Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam airports; you can book an ‘open jaw’ flight. Other ‘open jaw’ flights are offered by: –
  • Condor (from Germany with connecting flights to West Europe)
  • South African Airways in cooperation with Air Tanzania (from Johannesburg)
  • KLM in cooperation with Kenya Airways, Air France and Northwest Airlines
  • Ethiopian Airlines

The information below will help you book the right flights for your trip to East Africa. The package you choose and the proper selection of inbound and outbound flights you choose can make it cheaper for you. For example: if you would like to visit the Northern Circuit (see below), then the best inbound flight should arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Whereas, if you wanted to visit the Southern Circuit and Swahili Coast (see below), then the best inbound flight would be one that arrives in Dar es Salaam (DAR)

Northern Circuit: – includes Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara, Tarangire national parks, Kilimanjaro, Arusha, Lake Eyasi & Natron
Western Circuit: –  (accessible through the northern circuit): – includes Gombe streams, Mahale Mountains, Katavi, Rubondo Island, Lakes Victoria & Tanganyika
Southern Circuit: – includes Selous, Ruaha, Mikumi, Kitulo, Swahili coast.
Swahili Coast: – Saadani, Dar es Salaam, Bagamoyo, Udzungwa & Usambara mountains

Best flight options arriving/ departing from Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) are:

  • KLM in cooperation with Kenya Airways, Air France and Northwest Airlines
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Condor (from Germany with connecting flights to West Europe)
  • South African Airways in cooperation with Air Tanzania (from Johannesburg)

Best flight options arriving/ departing from Dar es Salaam airport are:

  • KLM in cooperation with Kenya Airways, Air France and Northwest Airlines
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Qatar Airways
  • Emirates
  • Swiss Airlines
  • British Airways
  • South African Airways in cooperation with Air Tanzania (from Johannesburg)

Note: – If there are no suitable flights to Kilimanjaro you could consider flying into Nairobi, then transfer by air or road

Best flight options arriving/ departing from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) are:

  • KLM in cooperation with Air France and Northwest Airlines
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Qatar Airways
  • Emirates
  • Swiss Airlines
  • British Airways
  • South African Airways in cooperation with Air Tanzania (from Johannesburg)
  • Egypt Air
  • Brussels Airways (former Sabena)

Nairobi to Arusha Transfers

There are internal flights like Precision Air that can transfer you from Nairobi to any of the major towns in Tanzania (including Zanzibar). Kenya Airways and Regional Air (from Wilson Airport) leave Nairobi at 0800hrs, 1000hrs, 1300hrs, and 1800hrs.
Note: -Additional visa costs for leaving the international airport (20 US$ for a day, 50 US$ for a 4 weeks visa) – the fees are subject to change without notice.

Private road transfer Nairobi Airport to Arusha Town can be arranged if planned in advance for a fee.

Scheduled Shuttle buses from Nairobi Airport or City Hotels to Arusha Town depart daily. The departure times are fixed to 0800hrs a.m. and 1400 hrs p.m.

Note: – If your point of arrival is Nairobi and the flight arrives late you can overnight in a hotel in Nairobi. (We can book the accommodation for you on request) and also book the connection of choice for the following day.

Transfers from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar

Assuming that you arrive in Dar es Salaam and would like to travel to Zanzibar, then there are cheap internal flights between Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar (Flying time: 20 minutes).
There is a daily ferry boat service that plies between Dar es Salaam harbour and Zanzibar.

Direct flights to Zanzibar are offered by:

  • KLM in cooperation with Kenya Airways, Air France and Northwest Airlines – sometimes with long transit hours in Nairobi
  • Condor (from Germany with connection flights to West Europe)
  • South African Airways in cooperation with Air Tanzania (from Johannesburg)
  • Charter Flights from Italy and Spain (during high season)

Note: – There is normally airport tax which must be paid in advance when departing out of Zanzibar (USD $30)

Flights from Dar to Arusha

There are several daily flights from Dar to Arusha offered by Zanair, Precision, etc. (We can arrange these for you if they are not included in your package for an additional fee).

Please note: – that most internal flights are booked well in advance. We would therefore advise you to book these tickets in advance, especially during high season. If you miss a direct flight between Nairobi and Zanzibar (or vice versa), we would have to book you via Dar Es Salaam, Mombasa or Kilimanjaro, then a connecting flight to Zanzibar. This would mean that you incur the cost of two internal flights.

Visa and Entry Requirements for Tanzania

Visas are required by most travelers to Tanzania. Visas are available at your local Tanzanian Embassy. Costs vary from country to country. Visas are valid for 6 months. It is possible, however, to obtain a tourist’s visa for a single entry at any ONE of the FOUR MAIN ENTRIES into Tanzania -subject to the fulfillment of all immigration and health requirements-, for those who could NOT apply for visa from Tanzania Mission abroad. These are:

   1. Dar-es-Salaam International Airport
2. Zanzibar International Airport
3. Kilimanjaro International Airport
4. Namanga Entry Point (Tanzania-Kenya boarder point).

Payment, at all these points, is in US Dollars or its equivalent in Sterling. For all other entry points in Tanzania, visitors must hold valid visa prior to approaching those entry points in Tanzania. However, in order to avoid unnecessary delays, those who proceed to Tanzania from a country where there IS a Tanzania Diplomatic Mission or Consular Office are strongly advised to obtain their entry visa prior to departure to Tanzania.

Tanzania Diplomatic Missions

Belgium
363 Avenue Louise, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
Tel.: 640 6500/640 6527,
Fax: 646 8026,
Telex: (046) 63616
tanzania@skynet.be

Canada
50 Range Road, Ottawa, Ontario KIN 8J4, Canada
Tel.: (613) 232 1500 / 1509,
Fax: (612) 232 5184/Tlx: (021) 533569
tzottawa@synapse.net

China
No. 53 Dong Liu Jie,Beijing, China;
Tel.: 5321491, 5321719,
Fax: 5324985,
Telex: 22749
tzbejing@info.iuol.cn.net

France
13 Avenue Raymond, Pointcare, 75116 Paris, France
Tel.: 00331 4755 0546,
Fax: 003315370 6366
anzanie@infonie.fr

Germany
Theaterplatz 26, 5300 Bonn 2,West Germany
Tel.: (0228) 358051-54,
Fax: (0228) 358226,
Telex: (041) 885569
balozi@tanzania-gov.de

Italy
9,Via Giambattista Vico, 00196,Rome
Tel.: 06 3610901,
Fax: 4549660
tanzarep@pcg.it

Japan
21-9, Kamiyoga 4, Chome Setagaya – Ku, Tokyo 158, Japan
Tel.: (03) 425 4531/3,
Fax: (008133) 425 7844/Tlx: (072) J22121
tzrepjp@japan.co.jp

South Africa
P. O. Box 56572, Arcadia, 0007, Pretoria, South Africa
Tel.:3424371/93
Fax: 002712 434 383
tanzania@cis.co.za

Russia
Pyatnitskaya, Ulitsa 33, Moscow, Russia
Tel.: 231 8126, 231 5431,
Fax: 230 2968
Telex: (064) 413352
tanmos@wm.west-call.com

Sweden
Oxtorgsgatan 2 – 4, Box 7255, 103-89,Stockholm, Sweden
Tel.: 08 244870,
Fax: 00468 109815
Tel.: (054) 10514
mailbox@tanemb.se

Switzerland
47 Avenue Blanc, CH, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland
Tel.: (004122) 731 8920,
Fax:(4122) 732 8255,
Tel.: (045) 412661
mission.tanzania@itu.ch

United Arab Emirates
Madinat Zayed, 14th Street
Villa No. 27, Behind Najda Street
P.O. Box: 43714
Abu Dhabi, UAE
phone: +971 2 631 3088
Fax: +971 2 631 6618
Email: tanrep@emirates.net.ae

Tanzania’s Honorary Consulate in Dubai
Phone: +971-4-2957770 | +971-4-2957600
Fax: +971-4-2957266

United Kingdom
43 Hertford Street, london W1Y 8DB
Tel.: (0171) 499 8951 & 491 3600
Fax: 0171-491 9321,
Telex:(051) 262504
tanzarep@tanzania-online.gov.uk

United States of America
205 East 42nd St., New York, N.Y. 10017, USA
Tel.: (212) 972 9160,
Fax: (212) 682 5232
Tel.: (023) 234702
tzrepny@aol.com

2139 R. Street, Washington D. C.20008 U .S. A.
Tel.: (202) 9939 6129
Fax: 001 202 797 7408/Tlx: (032) 64213
tanz-us@clark.net