When booking flights for your trek or safari, consider these options before making the final decision.
Flights into Kilimanjaro vs. Nairobi
Ideally, you want to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), which is the closest airport to Moshi, where you will be based for your trek and safari. These flights tend to be more expensive than flying just to Nairobi, but you save travel time and expenses (flights or shuttle bus, Kenya visa, and possible hotel night).
Choosing an Airline
The airlines that fly into the Kilimanjaro Airport are Northwest/KLM, Ethiopian Airlines, Air Kenya, Air Tanzania, and Precision Air. Northwest/KLM has a non-stop from Amsterdam to Kilimanjaro. Kenya Air partners with United, British Airways, and Virgin Atlantic and go through Nairobi from various cities in Europe.
NOTE: Ethiopian Air flights can be cheap, but we have had problems with them changing flight time and number of stops last minute and often.
KLM and Zanzibar
The KLM flight legs are Amsterdam – Kilimanjaro – Dar es Salaam – Amsterdam. If taking KLM into Kilimanjaro Airport at the beginning, then flying to Zanzibar, you will want to fly back to Dar es Salaam from Zanzibar to catch the KLM flight back to Amsterdam — rather than flying back to Kilimanjaro, getting on the plane and “returning” to Dar, before flying to Amsterdam.
Arrival to Moshi
When you are booking your flight to coincide with your trek or safari start date, be sure to check the arrival time at Kilimanjaro Airport. Some flights arrive late in the evening. We suggest that you then plan a rest day before starting your trek. This eases any jet lag, acclimates you to Africa, and gives time for any lost luggage to arrive. Your Kilimanjaro guide will meet with your group the evening before the trek. This is not possible when you arrive late, so there is a bit of a rush the next morning, if you are starting your trek the next day. The rest day allows time for this meeting, time to get your rental equipment if you need any and time to explore the Moshi area.
The flight from Amsterdam to Kilimanjaro is approximately 9 1/2 hours. Because of the long flight, we recommend a rest day in Moshi before starting your trek. The airlines that fly into the Kilimanjaro Airport are KLM, Ethiopia Airlines, Air Kenya, Air Tanzania, and Precision Air. Flights between Nairobi and Kilimanjaro cost around $200/person one-way. Flights from Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar are $170-180/person one-way. Flights from Arusha to Zanzibar are around $180/person one-way. Flights from Zanzibar to Nairobi are about $200/person one-way. Flights from the Serengeti are around $200/person one-way to Arusha and $300/person one-way to Zanzibar.