Getting There – Serengeti NP
Most safaris to the Serengeti start from the town of Arusha. The best option to get there is to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) which is situated about 46km/29mi from Arusha. It is also possible to fly into Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR), just outside of Dar es Salaam, and use a domestic flight to get to Arusha Airport (ARK) or Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).
The most convenient way to get from Arusha to the Serengeti is by taking a small plane to one of the various airstrips in the park. The drive from Arusha to the Serengeti is about 325km/202mi and will take about eight hours. It is a bumpy ride and, for a large part, over dirt roads – but the trip offers beautiful scenery. You’ll surely see some wildlife on the way or may even do a game drive en route.
As the trip takes you through the Ngorongoro Conservation area, a popular option is to fly one way, and drive the other way taking in an overnight stop to visit the Ngorongoro Crater. Coming from the crater, the distance to the Seronera area in the Serengeti is about 140km/90mi, and the driving time is about three hours.
Please check Skyscanner or, for multiple destination flights, check Expedia to see which airlines can take you to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) or Arusha Airport (ARK), and what tickets would cost.
Domestic and charter flights between parks are usually booked by tour operators as part of the tour package. Domestic flights can be booked with several local carriers:
- Coastal Aviation flies to Serengeti
- Safari Air Link flies to Serengeti
- Auric Air flies to Serengeti
- Air Tanzania flies to Arusha and Kilimanjaro Airport
- Precision Air flies to Arusha and Kilimanjaro Airport
- Regional Air flies to Serengeti, Arusha and Kilimanjaro Airport
- ZanAir flies to Arusha
- Fastjet flies to Kilimanjaro Airport
Please check our Tanzania – Getting There page to learn more about passport, visa and other entry requirements.