FAQs: Travelling to Tanzania and within Tanzania

To help you, we've put together a list of our most frequently asked questions together with the answers. Of course, if you have any other questions that need addressing, don't hesitate to contact us here and one of our helpful representatives will be able to advise.

Travel

The national airport is Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) which is located in Northern Tanzania. There are many airlines that fly to the airport including British Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, Delta Airlines, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, KLM, Precision Air, Air Uganda, Air France and Scandinavian Airlines.

Transfer times vary:
To Arusha – 1 hour
To Moshi – 45 minutes
To The Serengeti – 5.5 hours

You can also fly from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to Nairobi. This route is a few hours’ drive to Tanzania and the following airlines fly to Jomo Kenyatta; British Airways, Sabena, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Emirates, Gulf Air, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Swiss Air, South African Airways, Air Tanzania and Regional Air.

Transfer times vary;
To Nairobi City – 20 minutes
To Arusha – 5 hours (includes half an hour clearance at the Kenya/Tanzania Border, Namenga)

Dar es Salaam International Airport (DAR) is situated in Southern Tanzania and airlines using this airport include; British Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Emirates, Air Tanzania, Gulf Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Swiss Air, Kenya Airways and South African Airways.

Transfer times vary;
To Dar es Salaam City – approximately 30 minutes
To Harbour (Sea Port for hydrofoil boats to Zanzibar) – approximately 30 minutes
To Arusha – 8 to 9 hours (by coach or bus)
To Zanzibar – approximately 90 minutes (by hydrofoil boat)

Zanzibar International Airport (ZNZ) in Zanzibar Town operates flights from Ethiopian Airlines, Coastal Air, Kenya Airways, Air Tanzania, Gulf Air, Zan Air, Eagle Air, and Precision Air.

Transfer times vary; To Zanzibar Stone Town or Harbour – 20 minute drive (Sea Port for Pemba or Dar es Salaam Hydrofoils)
To Beach Resorts – 1 hour
To Dar es Salaam by Sea – approximately 90 minutes (by hydrofoil boat)

We think any time of year is perfect for a trip to Tanzania, including the rainy seasons (April/May and November) with exception of remote areas as it is difficult to reach them. If you do want to see the mass migration of wildebeest then travel during December, January ,February and March which are the most popular times of year for tourists. The river crossing is around July or August (but difficult to pinpoint exact time) and this is another good time to visit. From July to October, the weather is dry and mild so a good time to visit as it’s excellent for game viewing.

Mainly, Bushbuck Safaris use four-wheel drive vehicles that are luxurious, comfortable and thoroughly checked after each safari for safety. If you are travelling between locations, you will more than likely travel on small aircraft. These aircraft are quick and convenient, maximising the time you have to view game.

This depends very much on where you’ve travelled previously. Tanzania is a poor country so you should be prepared to see much poverty, which is the case throughout Africa. While many people have very little, they are extremely welcoming. Visiting Tanzania is an amazing opportunity to learn about local culture and tradition.

It varies depending on where you are travelling from and to but you should expect fairly long drives, anything from 5 to 8 hours. There are some shorter drives available, for example, around 3 hours but it depends on road conditions particularly the rainy season as this affects the road’s surface. You might also see game moving from area to area which can also hold-up drive times. As an alternative, we might suggest you fly between the lodges which is quicker, easier and more convenient.

Do remember that domestic flights use small planes which are often light so luggage size is important. On flights between Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar as well as in between National Parks you are allowed 15kg per person (Precision Air allows 20kg per person). In addition, you may carry one piece of hand luggage. The cost for excess luggage is approximately $US3-5 per kilo but it does very from carrier to carrier. Some carriers don’t charge and don’t weigh luggage but there is no set rule so we would always suggest you pack minimally and sensibly..

You should seek medical advice from your local GP about whether you should travel to Tanzania.

Travellers from most countries must bring a valid visa to enter Tanzania. Generally, most visas can be purchased at entry point. You must hold a passport with at least 6 months left on it; have one clear page in your passport and US$50 to pay for your visa. You will have your photograph taken with a digital camera at the Visa Desk. Bear in mind that queues can be long.

Exceptions include American and Irish citizens who must pay US$100 and must purchase a Multiple Entry Visa and Pakistani citizens who must pay US$200.

Nationalities that require a referred visa include:

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Iran
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Liberia
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Morocco
  • Nigeria
  • Niger
  • Pakistan
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somali
  • Syria
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Yemen

These citizens must apply in advance through their Tanzanian Embassy.

Those travelling to Nairobi and then onto Tanzania will need to purchase a Transit Visa at US$20 or if re-entering Kenya you may require a Multiple-Entry Visa even if only for a few hours. The Visa for Kenya and Tanzania is $US50 per person for each country (except American and Irish citizens as mentioned above).

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