Travelling by Air in Tanzania – Quick Guide

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Air Travel in Tanzania

Getting around in Tanzania by air is safe and straight forward. There are several air carriers that connect major  Tanzanian cities as well as safari airstrips and islands like Pemba, Mafia and Zanzibar. Regional aircrafts operate from terminal 1 Dar es Salaam Airport.

If you plan to visit Northern Circuit safari parks, then best airport to arrive is Kilimanjaro airport. While visiting southern Tanzania and Zanzibar only, best airport to arrive is Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar Airport.

Within Tanzania is possible to fly to other cities and towns as well as airstrips in National Parks, usually with small aircrafts.

The cheapest and latest air carrier is Fastjet, famous for low plane ticket prices and never disappointed us with delays or other inconvenience.

Prices vary, flights to smaller airstrips are more expensive and sometimes require at least two passengers for booking. Many air carriers do private charters on request.

Luggage allowance with small aircrafts is usually 15 kilos, (33 lbs) appreciated soft bags!

 

Tanganyika Air Company Routes in Tanzania

Tanganyika Air Company Routes in Tanzania

At the moment of writing Tanganyika flying company covers 13 destinations within Tanzania and abroad.

route map tanganyka flying company

Tanzania

They are known as safari flight company. Tanganyika routes include flights to smaller airstrips within national parks in Tanzania and Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Nairobi. They also connect Mozambican island route.

  • Flights to Kogatende are operating all year except in April & May
  • Flights to Ndutu  are operating all year but between June and November, minimum four passengers are required for the flight.
  • In April there are no afternoon flights to Serengeti.

Aircraft type is Cessna Grand Caravans. Booking online with online payment available!

Price range $$$

flights to serengeti

 

Fast Jet Routes in Tanzania

Fastjet –  Low Cost Airline and Synonym for Cheap Flights in Tanzania!

 Travelling by Air in Tanzania

 

 

Many of you will most definitely travel at some point with FastJet. Their  website is by far most user friendly among all airlines in Tanzania. Their air travel routes in Tanzania connect cities like Dar es Salaam, Mbeya, Mwanza and Kilimanjaro.

However, be a little careful when planning flights with Fastjet between Mwanza and Kilimanjaro. This route seems not so popular and cancelations within less than 24 hours were the biggest annoyance some travellers experienced (including me).

Right now flights to Zanzibar and Arusha are not covered. But FastJet takes you for affordable price also out of Tanzania, latest, long waited route is between Dar es Salaam and Lilongwe. FastJet also flies to Entebbe (Uganda), Johannesburg (South Africa), Lusaka (Zambia)  and Harrare in Zimbabwe.

 

cheap flights tanzania fastjet

image credit FastJet

 Book early for the lowest rates! At the end of  online booking you have option either pay online or pay at the office!

Flights between September 2015 and January 2016

  • Daily flights between Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg 
  • Daily flights between Dar es Salaam and Lusaka 
  • Daily flights between Dar es Salaam and Harare 

 

  • Daily flights between Kilimanjaro and Mwanza 
  • 5x daily flights between Dar es Salaam and Mwanza

 

  • 5x daily flights between Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro
  • 4x weekly flights between Dar es Salaam and Lilongwe 

Price range: $ – $$

Fastjet Planes:

cheap flights fastjet tanznania

 

Zan Air Travel Routes in Tanzania

 Travelling by Air in Tanzania

ZanAir is the only one who accepts (beside credit cards) Paypal payments for bookings made online. Zanair flies between Dar Es Salaam, Zanzibar, Arusha, Pemba, Sadaani and Selous.

Connecting Flights To Zanzibar With Turkish Airlines, KLM, FastJet & Egypt Air

From June 2015 ZanAir is more flexible and has adjusted flight times for passengers that arrive with Turkish, KLM and Swiss Air late arrivals with Zanzibar Airport. Update 2017 – Turkish Airlines launched direct flights to Zanzibar!

NEW FLIGHTS:

ZNZ – DAR departing 19:15 and 01:30

DAR – ZNZ departing at 20:00 and 05:00

  • Late evening flights connect to KLM and Swiss Airlines.
  • Early morning flights connect to Turkish Airlines, Fast Jet and Egypt Air.

Price range: $$ – $$$ 

 

Regional Air Travel Routes in Tanzania

Travelling by Air in Tanzania

Regional Air flies to many locations within Tanzania as well as to Nairobi Wilson.

Those who plan to see Selous Game Reserve, will be booking flights with Regional Air.

Regional Air Flies to Several Loations Within Selous

  • Beho Beho
  • Matambwe
  • Mbuyu
  • Mtemre
  • Siwandu
  • Stanglers
  • Sumbazi
  • Kibu

Airstrips in Selous are closed in rainy season between March and May.

Other destinations include Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Fort Ikoma, Kilimanjaro airport, Kogatende, LAmai, Manyara, Ndutu, Sasakwa, Serengeti South, Seronera, Tarme, Zanzibar and Pemba Island.

Regional Air is also affiliated with Aerolink Uganda.

Luggage allowance: 15 kg in soft bags

Price range: $$ – $$$

 

Air Excel Air Travel Routes in Tanzania

Travelling by Air in Tanzania

Air Excel is private air-charter specialist, offering  services within Tanzania and East Africa.Scheduled flights by Air Excel have similar routes like Tanganyika Flying Company – covering airstrips in the Northern Circuit including Sasakwa and Southern Serengeti, Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam.

Air Excel operates DAILY FLIGHTS between:

  • Dar es Salaam and Arusha
  • Zanzibar and Arusha

Flying Scenic Flights

Air Excel operates scenic flights over Tanzania. They take you up in the air over:

  • Kilimanjaro
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Lake Natron
  • Oldonyo Lengai
  • The Great Rift Valley

It is possible to book flights online, looks like they are using same booking interface like Tanganyka Flying Company. Timetables are not available online,it is hard to find flights by dates.

Price range: $$ -$$$

Aircraft type: Cessna

 

Precision Air Travel Routes in Tanzania

Travelling by Air in Tanzania

Precision air has mixed online reputation. Some travelers like it, some hate it. We travelled several times with Precision  Air and there were never major problems, except the airline has reputation for delays and incompetent customer support when problems arise.

Online booking with Precision Air is straight forward, they accept credit cards. However, for Zanzibar office we can confirm there are no credit cards accepted, only cash, which is at least to say unprofessional.

Precision air connects Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro, Mwanza, Mtwara, Bukoba,Mtwara, Arusha, Nairobi.

Currently suspended  destinations: Comors, Mbeya, Entebbe.

 

Coastal Aviation Travel Routes in Tanzania

 Travelling by Air in Tanzania

Coastal Aviation is known among frequent fliers as the most reliable company among small aircrafts.

  • Direct flights between Zanzibar and Serengeti
  • Direct flights between Nairobi and all airstrips in Serengeti
  • Direct Flights between Arusha and Ruaha National Park

Flying Safaris and Short Beach Holidays

Coastal aviation also offers  affordable 2 or 3 day flying safaris and beach holidays. Flights and accommodation are included in the price.

coastal aviation flights tanzania

 

Auric Air Travel Routes in Tanzania

Travelling by Air in Tanzania

Auric air offers 30 routes within Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. In addition to scheduled flights Auric air provides charter flights and medical evacuation in Tanzania.

Ther extensive air travel routes include popular airports like:

  • Dar es Salaam,
  • Arusha,
  • Zanzibar,
  • Mafia Island,
  • Pemba Island

At the time of writing there are no flight connections with Kilimanjaro Airport.

As well as other cities in Tanzania: Dodoma, Bukoba, Iringa, Morogoro,Katavi, Kigoma, Mwanza, Songea, Sumbawanga, Tanga and Tabora

Of course safari airstirps are covered too. They take you to Grumeti, Kogatende, Lobo, Manyara, Mpanda, Ndutu, Ruaha / Msembe airstrip, Rubondo, Sasakwa, Seronera, Maasai Mara

2018 Schedule Auric Air Flights

  • Dar Es Salaam – RUAHA National Park – Dar Es Salaam
    Flight Schedule –  (Daily)
    Departure 07:00 Dar Es Salaam to Ruaha National Park
    Departure 09:45 Ruaha National Park to Dar Es Salaam
  • RUAHA National Park to Zanzibar
    Flight Schedule –  (Daily)
    Departure 09:45 Ruaha National Park to Zanzibar
  • RUAHA National Park to SELOUS Game Reserve
    Flight Schedule –  (Daily)
    Departure 07:45 Selous Game Reserve to Ruaha National Park
    Departure 09:45 Ruaha National Park to Selous Game ReserveRUAHA National Park to Pemba Island
    Flight Schedule –  (Daily)
    Departure 09:45 Ruaha National Park to Pemba Island

Auric Air Features:

  • Daily Flights from Serengeti to Maasai Mara
  • 5x daily flights to Zanzibar

Aircraft: Cessna

auric air tanzania air travel routes

Price Range: $$ – $$$

 

Note to readers: Please note we try to keep up with accurate routes and update post whenever we can, however routes  and schedules may change or get cancelled. Please visit air carrier’s sites for latest info on flights in Tanzania.

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By |2018-11-18T20:21:36+00:00September 9th, 2015|Categories: Mini Guides, Tanzania|2 Comments

About the Author:

In last five years she extensively travelled Morocco, Sudan East Africa, Zambia and South Africa. Nina also lived in Tanzania for a while where she worked with safari company and knows safari business inside out. For Nina, people are the essence of travel and she makes sure she makes local friends everywhere she goes.© Safari Junkie. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published without permission, rewritten or redistributed.

2 Comments

  1. Paul Hoepping 10/22/2017 at 7:30 am - Reply

    I would like to share experiences with airlines I have made in Tansania:

    – Precision: Frequent delays on most flights. On our last flight they wanted to see the credit Card I used for the booking. I did not have that Card with me because it was expired. And they wanted us to bring(!) a photo copy of our passports. We had to leave the Airport to find a shop that would make These copies.

    – Coastal Aviation: I can recommend this Airline. On all my flights always on time. Competent and friendly Service.

    – FastJet: Very cheap. I have bought 1 ticket from them and I could not use that ticket. They rescheduled the flight to a new departure time that did not match my travel plans. They would not refund the ticket. I had no choice but buy another ticket with a different Airline. I have never actually flown with them. I do not think I ever will.

    Please excuse the capitalization in this message. Internet Explorer is doing that.

    • Safari Junkie 10/22/2017 at 9:03 am - Reply

      Hi Paul, thanks for sharing your experience! You really had a little bit of bad luck with expired card but otherwise is in the terms of all airlines, if you book by credit card, you must show it at the check in if asked.This was the only reason i took credit cards with me. And am not surprised about Fast Jet, am wondering which route did you want to fly with them that was cancelled?

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