Getting to Tanzania
Most visitors enter Tanzania through the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) found in Dar es Salaam. In addition, there are direct-international flights into Kilimanjaro Airport (connecting from Arusha as well as Moshi) and also to Zanzibar. You will find departure levy at US$50 (and then US$25 in Zanzibar) on the international flights departing from Tanzanian airports however this is normally part of the cost of the ticket. When traveling to Tanzania by air, it is really great to get a seat at the window, because if the visibility is clear, you might be fortunate to see the peak of the towering Mount Kilimanjaro. However it isn’t normally cheaper to organize a return to the capital Nairobi plus a linking return flight to Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam. However for those only visiting the parks in the northern circuit, this is an easier to fly into Nairobi, since Arusha is just 273 kilometer south of Kenya’s Nairobi, and reach Tanzania through Namanga land border from the neighboring Kenya. There are frequent shuttle buses connecting Nairobi to Arusha as well as Moshi. Additionally, you can fly from Nairobi into Kilimanjaro. Kenya’s Nairobi is serviced by a lot more airlines compared to Dar es Salaam therefore the air fares are further competitively priced.
Julius Nyerere International Airport: it has foreign exchange bureaux, a bank, 2 ATMs, tax free shop, car hire facilities, restaurant, a post office as well as a bar. Flight information is almost impossible to get by telephone while at the airport, therefore directly contact your airline. The Airline offices are clearly listed on the Dar es Salaam page, as well as the Arusha page. You can purchase a Phone card at the airport from the shops at US$4. The terminal buildings also have public telephones. A number of the more high-class hotels can organize a shuttle pick up and drop off service to the airport, which should be reserved before. There are also public buses that charge about one US dollar however these are extremely crowded and it is a 5 minute walk to Nyerere Road where you will catch one, however this is a hassle when moving with your luggage. Taking a taxi to town costs US$25 to 35 basing on your exact destination as well as the traffic conditions. Inquire with the information desk at the airport how much you need to pay, prior to bargaining with your taxi driver. In case you are directly connecting to Zanzibar, you may inquire at the airport for the next flight, or take the 30 minutes drive to the ferry terminal from the airport.
Kilimanjaro International Airport, is mid-way between Arusha town and Moshi, approximately 40 kilometers from these two towns. Available Facilities include restaurant, shops, a bar plus a post office. Cub a taxi from the airport to Moshi or the town of Arusha and this could go for about US$40 to 50, or organize for your hotel / lodge through any of the local tour operators. On the other hand, arrange for a shuttle transfer.
Zanzibar International Airport, is only 7 kilometers southwest of the legendary Stone Town. Once you arrive, you will be signaled by taxi drivers. inquire from the airport how much you need to pay for the taxi ride to town, this will help with the bargaining once outside. The taxi costs about US$6 to 10, or on the other hand there are public dala-dala just outside the airport to drop you at Creek Road in the center of town for less than one US dollar. A number of the up-market hotels plus resorts provide airport pick ups, therefore you can always inquire about that as you make your reservation. Also you will find forex bureaux at the airport-grounds just as you leave the baggage reclamation area, which offer very competitive rates.
Sadly, Train services aren’t reliable and are slow; however they transport very many Tanzanians across the different parts of the country. There are 2 companies operating within Tanzania. One is the Tanzania Railway Corporation’s Central Line, which connects Dar es Salaam to Kigoma as well as Mwanza. Those entering the country from Zambia by ferry are likely to use the train from Kigoma. The other one is TAZARA (Tanzania and Zambia Railway Authority) railway line that connects Zambia’s Kapiri Mposhi through southern Tanzania – Morogoro, Mbeya and Iringa with Dar es Salaam. Recently, this line has been offering unreliable service as most of the twelve trains have not been operational and the company is alleged to be close due to financial collapse.
In case you are driving across borders Tanzania it can be lengthy or simple, based on your preparation as well as the state of the vehicle’s paperwork. You’ll need a Carnet de Passage from a body in your home country (like the Automobile Association), vehicle registration, and you’ll as well be needed to obtain third party insurance for the republic of Tanzania from any of the insurance agencies who have stands at the border posts. Exploring in a vehicle registered to Kenya necessitates leaving the car log book with the customs on the Kenyan side, (retaining a photocopy on the Tanzanian side), then you will be provided with a temporary export permit which is valid for 3 months. Tanzania levies US$90 for the vehicle (multiple entries valid for 3 months). The majority of car hire companies won’t permit you to take a rented vehicle from Tanzania, however some may think about it in case you simply want to visit Kenya.