All our safaris in Northern Tanzania start in Arusha and finish in Arusha. Kilimanjaro International Airport is about 34 miles from Arusha and receives daily KLM flights from Europe. Since the KLM flights continue to Dar-es-Salaam, it is possible to arrange an itinerary with arrival into Kilimanjaro and departure from Dar or vice versa. This is particularly useful for those wishing to include a visit to Zanzibar or the Southern National Parks and Game Reserves into their schedule. Arusha is a great deal closer to Nairobi, 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, 80% of safari visitors to Northern Tanzania fly into Nairobi. We arrange shuttle bus transfers or private transportation for clients from Nairobi to Arusha. For UK residents we can book British Airways flights into Nairobi and out of Dar es Salaam- ideal for a Northern Tanzania Safaris combined with a Zanzibar extension. Also, we can book flights on Kenya Airways into and out of Nairobi. There are several charter flights from Europe into Mombasa. Tour operators running package tours mostly book these but space may be available on a “seat only” basis.
NAIROBI TO ARUSHA SHUTTLE:
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 Hours). The terminals are the Norfolk, Stanley and Hilton Hotels in Nairobi and the Mount Meru Hotel and Mezza Lunar in Arusha. The journey takes at least 5 hours, dependent on the traffic jam in Nairobi and subject to formalities at the national border crossing at Namanga. Clients do have the option of arranging private transportation with Maasai Magic Safaris from Nairobi to Arusha and return at a supplementary charge.
NAIROBI TO KILIMANJARO FLIGHTS:
There are also daily flights available from Nairobi airport to Kilimanjaro airport.
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 flights from Arusha most days of the week visiting several national parks’ airstrips and returning to Arusha. In addition to the scheduled flights on light aircraft, there are charter airlines that can arrange flights between any of the destinations.