Travelers visiting Tanzania destinations can either drive or fly to various destinations. Roads in most of the wilderness areas are in poor condition and intact and it’s advisable not to go the self-driving aspect. On the other hand, you can organize to fly to your destination and use a car and driver supplied by the lodgings.
If you can afford getting around Tanzania by flight is the quickest and most comfortable option. There are limited domestic airlines that link the most popular safari destinations and provide services to the coast. Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA), ideal for accessing the Southern Circuit or Mafia Island and is served by a number of airlines, some of which also drop down at Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), which is the preferred airport for the Northern Circuit. Zanzibar International Airport (ZIA) has flights linking the regional airports and is a popular destination for charter flights for visitors from Europe on package holidays.
All Tanzanian airports have banks with ATMs and exchange facilities, car-hire desks, duty-free shops, and restaurants. For those visiting only the national parks in Tanzania’s Northern Circuit; another option is to fly to Nairobi, though you’ll need a yellow fever vaccination certificate and visas for both countries. Shuttle bus services operate between Nairobi and Arusha, the closest town to the parks, however, the private airlines offer much more reliable service, with aircrafts in good shape and excellent pilots.
Precision Air www.precisionairtz.com) that links the major cities and towns and flies between Dar es Salaam, Bukoba, Mwanza, Kigoma, Tabora, Lindi, Mtwara, Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar, and Seronera and Grumeti in the Serengeti National Park. They also fly to Nairobi. Coastal Aviation (www.coastal.cc) links the upmarket lodges in the game parks and reserves, flying between Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Arusha, Selous, Ruaha, Mikumi, Lake Manyara, and numerous airstrips in the Serengeti, as well as to Mafia islands. Air Excel (www.airexcelonline.com) links the parks with the coast and flies between Dar es Salaam, Arusha, several airstrips in the Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Kilimanjaro, and Zanzibar. Zan Air (www.zanair.com) links Arusha and Dar es Salaam with Selous, Zanzibar, Pemba, Mafia, and Mombasa in Kenya. Regional Air (www.regionaltanzania.com) links eight airstrips in the Northern Circuit with Arusha, Dar es Salaam, and Zanzibar.