Tanzania is well-known for its magnificent natural beauty, which includes numerous gorgeous national parks and reserves. Tanzania is also known as Kilimanjaro Land, Zanzibar, and the Serengeti. Tanzania is easily accessible, with three international airports served by a variety of airlines, including European airlines. A significant number of minor airports and runways for domestic and private aircraft are also included.
The airport or airports you choose for arrival and departure are largely determined by the circuit and style of vacation you have chosen. I’ve included those three international airports below.
Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR)
It is Tanzania’s largest airport and one of the largest in East Africa. Julius Nyerere, Tanzania’s first president, is honored at the airport. Approximately 2.5 million people pass through the airport each year. It serves Dar es Salaam and is the most convenient airport for visitors visiting the Southern Parks, including the Selous Game Reserve, Ruaha, Udzungwa Mountains, and Mikumi National Park.
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
It is a Tanzanian airport located in the northwestern section of the country. The airport is close to the popular tourist destination Mount Kilimanjaro National Park, and it is primarily used by tourists because the Northern Circuit tourism locations are well-known for being the best sites for travelers. It is served by many European corporations and handles the majority of the country’s international traffic. Arusha National Park, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro National Park, and Serengeti National Park are all accessible from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).
Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume Airport (ZNZ)
The major airport of the Zanzibar Archipelago located here. The airport is named after the island’s first president, Abeid Amani Karume. It is only a few kilometers south of Stone Town, and with rising traffic, it opens the archipelago to world tourism on a daily basis. Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume Airport appears to be the best option for exploring Zanzibar Island.
Runways for “Fly-In” safaris
Because of the various stopover places located throughout Tanzania, the plane is an intriguing mode of transportation for tourists.
Tarangire, Manyara, and Serengeti National Parks, as well as lesser-known parks like Selous, Mikumi, Ruaha, Katavi, and Mahale, all have their own landing strips.
If you choose a Fly-In safari, you will fly from one park to another, with guides picking you up at the airport and taking care of your vacation, transfers from the lodge to the parks, and safari planning (photosafari, travel excursions by boat or on foot trekking).
Domestic flights can make combining safaris with a holiday on the Indian Ocean a breeze. Arusha airport (ARK), for example, is located in Kisongo and is close to Arusha Park and Kilimanjaro. It’s commonly utilized to get to other parks or to get from parks to coastal areas. Thanks to runways for internal flights, many of the archipelago’s most evocative places, including as Pemba and Mafia, may easily be reached.
Tanzania’s Mwanza region is served by this important domestic airport. It is a few kilometers from the city, at the shores of Lake Victoria. Mwanza is mostly a commercial destination, although it is also a popular tourist stopover.