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Where should I fly into Tanzania?

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

The three international airports in Tanzania are in Dar es Salaam, Arusha and Zanzibar. There are many other airports, as well as airstrips, that one can use for travel within the country. Notably, big parks like the Serengeti have multiple airstrips.

There are 58 airports in Tanzania and more than 300 private airstrips owned by mining companies and tour operators.

The Main Airports in Tanzania

Julius Nyerere Dar es salaam International Airport

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.

This airport is on the east coast. It’s the biggest and busiest airport and you may need to fly here and then catch a connection to one of the smaller airports, even if they international status.

This airport makes the most sense if you’re heading to west, central or southern Tanzania.

 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.

Dar-es-salaam Julius Nyerere Airport Transfers
Kilimanjaro JRO International Airport

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.

JRO is just outside of Arusha, the main city of northern Tanzania. This is the ideal airport if you’re heading on a Northern Circuit safari or a Kilimanjaro climb. As you can see in the map below, it’s very close to Moshi, the closest town to Kilimanjaro National Park.

JRO is also the closest major airport to the large game reserves of the north like Serengeti National Park. That said, Tanzania is a big country and it will take a day to drive from JRO to the Serengeti, for instance, especially as much of the drive is on dirt roads that require four-wheel drive.

Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume

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.

If you’re heading to the Zanzibar archipelago, then you want to fly into ZNZ on Unguja Island.

Zanzibar is famous for its beautiful, warm-water beaches, unique cultural history, beautiful game parks and wildlife, and water sports. We find that many like to fly there from Kilimanjaro International Airport after having completed a Kilimanjaro climb in order to relax and unwind after their epic trek.


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).


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