Tanzania is a large country, with many national parks scattered on vast corners of the country, driving to all national parks of your choice can be tiring or sometimes you just want to escape a long bumpy and dusty path example the path to Serengeti national park. it is indeed possible to just fly into a national park and start your game drive days after a fly out to the city, to Zanzibar islands, or the coast of Tanzania. Tanzania fly-in safaris 

Fly-in safari, flight options

  • Some local chartered flight companies offer scheduled flights to and from national parks airstrips. Having daily flights on popular routes & some routes are on inducement of 2 minimum seats.
  • Alternatively, a private charter flight can be hired for you or a small group.
Why fly in & out.
  • if you have limited time & want to optimize places you visit
  • if you want to escape long & bumpy drives
Fly safari options
  • fly in, fly out
  • fly in, drive out
  • Drive in, fly out

optimum fly-in safari, Tanzania

the optimum way of using fly-in safaris in Tanzania is to integrate them with game drives and avoid long drives back. For example, you head to Serengeti from Ngorongoro so instead of heading back to Ngorongoro, Arusha, and take a flight to Zanzibar. You can opt to fly out of Serengeti into Zanzibar

where you can fly from (start your fly-in safari)

you are to arrive in Tanzania from 3 major international airports and from them, you can take a charter flight into a national park. starting of your fly-in safaris

  • Zanzibar is one of the most sought destinations in Tanzania and a tourist hub you can fly to and from most national parks
  • Dar es salaam, being the financial hub & a ferry away from Zanzibar, from here you can get flights to & all working airports and airstrips in Tanzania
  • Kilimanjaro airport is the closest international airport to the Tanzania northern circuit parks. From this airport, you can get charter flights to the northern parks
  • Arusha, being Tanzania safari hub, indeed a hub popular to those visiting the Tanzania famous northern parks. You can get charter flights to all northern parks, Serengeti, Manyara & Tarangire national parks
  • Mwanza, being an airport in a port city & Tanzania second largest city by economic size from this airport you can get a charter flight to popular parks like the Serengeti
  • From national parks to national parks, you can also fly from parks to park, Example you can fly from Manyara national parks to Serengeti national park to Selous national park.

Note: these scheduled charter flights do run round trips & direct trips to & from the parks so your logistics should be keenly maintained.

Costs of charter flights

Popular routes on a daily schedule can cost between 270 to 380 $

Surely the cost will depend on many aspects but with about 500$ and a minimum of 2, some charter flights can be induced

Or in the case of a small group (12) a charter flight can be hired for you, the price will range from 300 to 600 $

What to know before booking a charter flight for your fly in safari

Some national parks are very large in size & can have multiple airstrips so it is important to communicate with us & know which airstrip you should land to as some may be closer to parts of interest of the park at the particular time.


  • Arusha to manyara to Serengeti
  • Arusha to Serengeti
  • Manyara to tarangire
  • Serengeti to manyara to Arusha to dar es salaam to Zanzibar
  • Serengeti to selous to dar es salaam to Zanzibar
  • Dar es salaam to mafia
  • Dar es salaam to Zanzibar
  • Dar es salaam to pemba
  • Dar es salaam to Serengeti
  • Dar es salaam to manyara
  • Dar es salaam to mikumi
  • Dar es salaam to ruaha
  • Zanzibar to dar es salaam
  • Zanzibar to selous
  • Zanzibar to Serengeti
  • Zanzibar to mikumi
  • Zanzibar to ruaha
  • Selous to Mikumi

These are some routes; they are other routes that can be induced with a minimum of 2

Tip: as some parks have multiple airstrips you can also fly from an airstrip to the other in the same park. however, this is not the most economically sound decision.

Packages for Fly-In Tanzania Safari

Itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

  • Tanzania is home to Africa's tallest mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro, with an altitude of 19,341 feet above sea level.
  • There are more than 120 ethnic groups in Tanzania.
  • Tanzania exports gold, cashews, cotton, and coffee.
  • Tourism is a major source of revenue for Tanzania.
  • About 80% of the population lives by subsistence farming or fishing.
  • Tanzania is home to the Serengeti National Park, where massive herds of wildebeest and zebra can be spotted.
  • The largest crab in the world - the coconut crab - calls Zanzibar, Tanzania its home.
  • FUN FACT: Did you know? Queen frontman Freddie Mercury was born in Stone Town, Tanzania!
Which Wildlife to Expect in Tanzania (by region)

Lion, Blue monkey, Velvet monkey, Baboon, Elephant, Buffalo, Bushbuck, Waterbuck, Zebra, Wildebeest, Impala, Giraffe.

Lion, Jackals, Hyaena, Rhino, Buffalo, Hippos, Elephant, Zebra, Wildebeest, Gazelle, Eland, Serval, Baboon.

Buffalo, Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino, Giraffe, Wildebeest, Zebra, Gazelle, Impala, Warthog, Topi, waterbuck, Dik-dik, Eland, hartebeest, Mongoose, Jackals, Hyaena, Wild dog, Serval, Caracal, Baboon, monkeys. Crocodile, Hippo.

Buffalo, Cheetah, Elephant, Hippo, Leopard, Lion, Wild Dog

Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe, Wildebeest, Zebra, Impala, Warthog, Topi, waterbuck, Dik-dik, Mongoose.
How to get to Tanzania? Where do Tanzania’s safaris and trips start/finish from and how can you visit?

The vast majority of our Tanzania’s safaris and tour depart from the surrounding towns near Kilimanjaro International Airport. Whether you are taking a tour climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or visit the Safaris near Lake Manyara, you will likely fly in through this airport. Contact our travel specialists to help you plan your ideal tour.

Before traveling take a look at Tanzania's current laws and advice for travel.
The United States

There are many 1-stop flight options from major cities in the U.S. to Kilimanjaro International Airport and Julius Nyerere Airport.

Check out the United States advice for travel to Tanzania.

Canada - There are plenty of 1-stop flights from Toronto and Montreal to the main Tanzanian Airports.

Check Canada’s laws and advice for travel to Tanzania.

There are frequent flights from Mumbai, New Delhi, Ahmedabad, and even more Indian cities to Tanzania’s main two airports. Check India laws and advice for travel to Tanzania.

Check India laws and advice for travel to Tanzania.

Tanzania FAQs

Do I need a visa to travel to Tanzania?
Tanzania does require 6-months of validity on a passport and a tourist visa, which can be purchased at the airport upon arrival.
Is tipping customary in Tanzania?
Feel free to tip your guide $10 or more based on the quality of your tour; otherwise, you can leave marginal or small tips in hotels and restaurants. Tips are usually appreciated but not generally expected.
What is internet access like in Tanzania?
Since most of our tours through Tanzania are safari expeditions, it is unlikely that you will have internet access unless you are staying at one of the more luxurious hotels, and even then the access is not guaranteed. You should go with the assumption that you will not have internet access for most of your trip.
Can I use my cell phone while in Tanzania?
Since you will be on a safari-type expedition, it's unlikely that you will be close enough to any cell towers to be able to use your cell phone.
Do I need power adapters?
The power grid in Tanzania is 220-240v, meaning that you will need a converter for any 110v devices that can't handle the higher voltage. Depending on where you are, you will also encounter both Type G (BS-1363) plugs and Type D (BS-546) outlets, which require converters. What are the toilets like in Tanzania? Camp, inn, lodge, or hotel, your Tanzania accommodations will offer a western-style bowl toilet that flushes. It's possible that if you are in more rural parts of the country on an expedition that you'll encounter a squat toilet.
Can I drink the water in Tanzania?
Tap water in Tanzania is not safe to drink. Only drink the filtered or bottled water provided to you by your tour operator. Are credit cards accepted in Tanzania? Will I be able to find ATMs? You probably won't find any ATMs or card-accepting businesses on your Tanzania safari, but don't worry- that's why our trips are all-inclusive. When you arrive you can take out just enough cash for any tips or souvenirs and then you'll be set for the trip.
Should I purchase travel insurance?
Always. It's a precaution that you'll hopefully never use but it can save you thousands of dollars, and we offer some great deals via TravelGuard on our Once You're Booked page.
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