May 2024

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Fly-in Safari Tanzania

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 flight out to the city, to Zanzibar islands, or to the coast of Tanzania. Tanzania fly-in safaris (see fly safari packages)


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 the 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 to a national park. starting 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's safari hub, is indeed a hub popular with those visiting Tanzania's famous northern parks. You can get charter flights to all northern parks, Serengeti, Manyara & Tarangire national parks
  • Mwanza is an airport in a port city & Tanzania's 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 park 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 on as some may be closer to parts of interest of the park at a 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 one airstrip to the other in the same park. however, this is not the most economically sound decision.


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