Tanzania is widely known because of its great nature with many beautiful national parks and reserves. You can also call Tanzania as the Land of Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar and the Serengeti. You can easily get to Tanzania without any problem, thanks to its three international airports served by numerous airlines, including European ones. To these are added an important number of smaller airports and runways for domestic and private flights.
The choice of the airport or airports for arrival and departure essentially depends on the circuit and the type of holiday you have chosen. Below I describe those three international airports
Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR)
It is the biggest airport in Tanzania and among the largest in East Africa. The airport is named after the first president of Tanzania, Julius Nyerere. The airport handles about 2.5 million passengers per year. It is serving Dar es Salaam city and is the most suitable airport for those who want to visit the Southern Parks such as Selous Game Reserve, Ruaha, Udzungwa Mountains and Mikumi National Park.
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
It is an airport in the northern part of Tanzania. The airport is located close to the leisure destination Mount Kilimanjaro National Park and is mostly used by tourists since Northern circuit tourism destinations are well known by being the best site satisfying tourists. It is served by several European companies and with the most important international traffic in the country. Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) is the ideal airport for those who want to visit the Northern Parks such as Arusha NP, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro and Serengeti National Park
Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume Airport (ZNZ)
This airport is the main airport of Zanzibar Archipelago. The airport is named after Abeid Amani Karume, the island’s first president. It is located just a few kilometers South of Stone Town and with ever-increasing traffic, opens the archipelago daily to world tourism. If you want to explore Zanzibar Island, then Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume Airport seems to be the perfect choice.
Runways for “Fly-In” safaris
The plane represents an interesting means of transport essential for tourists within Tanzania, thanks to the numerous stopover points distributed throughout the territory.
The most important parks, such as Tarangire, Manyara or Serengeti, but also the less explored parks such as Selous, Mikumi, Ruaha, Katavi or Mahale, all have their own landing strip.
If you opt for a Fly-In safari, you will fly from one park to another, while the guides will pick you up at the foot of the plane and take care of your holiday, the transfer from the lodge to the parks and the organization of the safari (photosafari, travel excursions by boat or on foot trekking).
Domestic flights also allow you to easily combine safaris with a stay on the Indian Ocean. For example, Arusha airport (ARK), located in Kisongo, is also near to Arusha Park and not far from Kilimanjaro. It is widely used to reach other parks or to move from parks to areas on the coast. Many of the most evocative sites of the Zanzibar archipelago, such as Pemba and Mafia, can also be reached, thanks to runways for internal flights.
This is another major domestic airport in Tanzania serving Mwanza region. It is located near the shores of Lake Victoria just a few kilometers from the city. The place is for mainly commercial interest, Mwanza is a stopover also frequented by many tourists.
Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi
Another interesting option to enter Tanzania is to fly into the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) of Nairobi, the main East Africa airport and from there you reach Arusha in 5 hours by car or Kilimanjaro International Airport by flight for an almost 1 hour.
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