Traveling to Tanzania

The closest airport to Kilimanjaro National Park is Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) (airport code: JRO). Another nearby airport is Arusha Airport (ARK). KIA is located only about 25 miles from Moshi and Arusha, the two cities that are used for launching climbs. KLM, British Airways, Air Tanzania, Ethiopian Air and Air Kenya are international carriers that fly into KIA.

There are two other major international airports in Tanzania – Dar es Salaam International Airport and Zanzibar International Airport. Another option is to fly into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya. It will be cheaper to fly into any of these airports. However, one must consider the cost and time of transferring by regional flight or bus to Kilimanjaro’s gateway cities. I personally wouldn’t do that because the cost savings isn’t worth the headache.

Regional flights are available through: Air Tanzania, Precision Air, Regional Air, Zanair.

Buses are available through: Scandanavian Express, Davanu Shuttle, Riverside Shuttle, Regional Luxury Shuttle.

The price of airfare goes up and down depending on the season. I have seen prices as low as $1400 from the USA  to Tanzania. I have also seen prices as high as $7500. The average fare is between $2000 to $3000. It is best to shop early and lock in your airfare as prices tend to creep up as the travel date gets closer.

visasFor most nationalities, a passport and visa are necessary to enter Tanzania.

The passport must be valid for at least six months later than your arrival.

Visas may be obtained prior to your arrival at Tanzanian Embassies within your home country. Visas may also be purchased upon arrival, at various points of entry.

US citizens must have a passport and visa.