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Kilimanjaro airport transfers to Serengeti

Safari Transfer to Serengeti National Park |  Airport Transfers | Air Shuttle | Hire Safari Vehicle with a Driver | Private Transfers  | Game drive Packages | National Park  | Northern Tanzania

The nearest city and the city most Serengeti safari tours begin from, is Arusha. The distance between Arusha and Serengeti National Park is approximately 320 kilometers (200 miles) and takes about 7 to 8 hours by car, depending on traffic and road conditions. 

Alternatively, you can also take a flight from Arusha to one of the Serengeti airstrips. These flights take around 1 to 2 hours depending on the flight route and airline. 

By far the most popular way to get to Serengeti is by road. You can always choose to fly back from Serengeti to either Arusha Airport, Kilimanjaro Airport, or Dar es Salaam. 

Arusha is located in northern Tanzania and is a common starting point for visitors embarking on a safari to the Serengeti National Park. There are many different tour operators and packages available for a Serengeti safari from Arusha, so visitors can choose an itinerary that suits their interests and preferences. Some tours may include game drives

The definition of a game drive on safari is: ‘a guided excursion or self-drive by (preferably 4 wheel drive) open-sided safari vehicle in a National Park, reserve, or conservancy to spot and observe African..

, guided walks, and visits to local Maasai villages or conservation projects. 

KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TRANSFERS

Airport Transfers to Serengeti National Park:

Serengeti safari by road from Arusha


The most popular safari packages in Northern Tanzania include Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, and Serengeti National Park, for example, these 5-day Tanzania safari tours that include the highlights of the Northern Tanzania Safari Circuit or this 7 to 10-day Tanzania safari including Tarangire National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Lake Natron, and Lake Manyara.

Booking a safari tour package can be a convenient option since everything is taken care of, including transportation, accommodation, meals, and activities. This means you don’t have to worry about logistics and can focus on enjoying your safari experience. It can often be more cost-effective than planning your own safari plus these safari tours are usually operated by experienced guides. 

Many safari tour operators offer customized packages that can be tailored to your interests and preferences. This means you can choose the parks, activities, and accommodations that best suit your needs and budget.

Safari Transfers to Serengeti National Park FAQ

Our purpose-built Safari vehicles allow for excellent game viewing, equipped with pop up roof hatch and large sliding windows. Same vehicles will be used for both game drives and for transfers between parks.

Air Conditioning

Most safari vehicles have no air-conditioning. During game drives pop roof hatch & windows will be opened. For other drives, windows can be opened to allow for fresh air. However, there are some sections on the way to national parks where windows need to be closed and the vehicle can get dusty and hot sometimes.

Speed

The going can be slow over the long distances and often bumpy roads. A little bit of patience will go a long way towards your enjoyment of this beautiful land!

Transfer time between Parks

Transfer times in some itineraries can be up to 9 hours. Please make sure you are aware of transfer times in your itinerary in advance.

You can book flights to avoid some long transfers but this should be done during the planning stage as safari vehicles need to be arranged accordingly.

Land Cruiser vs Van

In Tanzania we offer only 4×4 Land-cruisers for game drives while in Kenya we offer 4×4 mini vans and 4×4 Land-cruisers for game drives.

Landcruisers have 4 window seats (called short base) or 6 window seats(called long base) in the back and one window seat in the front for clients.

Vans have 6 window seats in the back and one window seat in the front.

Seats in the vehicle are designed to take the stress of clients standing on them and moving around. So they offer stability and sturdiness with a little bit of cushioning.

Breakdowns

While safari vehicles are regularly maintained, serviced and replaced, the extreme safari driving conditions mean there are chances that your vehicle can get stuck/breakdown in the middle of safari.

Vehicle breakdown chances are small and your driver guides are trained and equipped to deal with most breakdown situations.

In rare cases the vehicle is not immediately repairable, a replacement vehicle will be sent within a few hours.

In breakdown scenario, if the vehicle is not back on the road in 5 minutes, we suggest you to contact or request the driver to conact briefing manager.

Back Problems

Clients with back problems and clients who want to minimize travel time from park to park can consider flying directly to national parks/reserves.

City Tours

For City tours (in Nairobi/Arusha) we use Toyota Alphard or similar vehicle

Depending on where you are travelling from, there are flight routes from Amsterdam, Doha, Dubai, South Africa or Nairobi. We recommend you fly directly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).

Tanzania is undeniably big. If you have never been to Tanzania before, planning your route and estimating your travel time might not be an easy task.Our solution? Start planning with one of our suggested Tanzania itineraries! We have developed some beautiful and exciting self-drive routes. These include the well-known Tanzania Northern Safari Circuit and some less-discovered areas of Tanzania, with the 21-day Bush to Beach being the most popular itinerary.

Are you not so keen on driving yourself? Then rent a car with a local driver! 

Extra Tips & Information

We’ve carefully compiled an overview of our favourite places to stay in Tanzania and Zanzibar, catering to all budgets. This guide, covering 24 towns, National Parks, and 100+ places to stay, results from over 10 years of travel experience in Tanzania. We are happy to share our tips exclusively with you so that, combined with our suggested routes, you can explore Tanzania independently! 

Once you’ve selected your itinerary and are ready for your self-drive holiday in Tanzania, swing by our practical info sectionwith information, tips and frequently asked questions about self-driving and independent travel in Tanzania.

International air travel

The recommended point of entry is Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) which lies between the towns of Moshi and Arusha. The airport is located about 200 miles / 320 kilometers from the park’s southern entrance. There are a couple of international flight options such as KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (daily), Turkish Airlines, Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airlines (a few of times per week). Kilimanjaro International Airport also has daily connections with Nairobi (NBO) in Kenya, which offers more international flight possibilities. Additional airlines such as British Airways, Emirates and others fly into Tanzania’s capital Dar es Salaam (DAR). Please note that arriving at Dar es Salaam may require an extra overnight and a domestic flight on a small regional airline with luggage restrictions. More information about flights may be reviewed on our Kilimanjaro Airport page.

Regional air travel

The favoured route for a Serengeti fly-in safari is by flying from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) or Arusha Airport (ARK). From here it will take approximately 1 to 5 hours to fly to one of seven airstrips within the Serengeti National Park. All flights are operated by local airlines such as Grumeti Air or Coastal Aviation. Once landed at the airstrip, the lodge staff will pick you up and transfer you to your final destination where a cold drink will be ready and waiting (please allow another 45 minutes to 2 hours for road transfer – depending on the chosen lodge). More information about flights to Serengeti.

It is also possible to fly from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta Airport (NBO) or Wilson Airport (WIL) to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). When travelling from the Lake Victoria area, the favoured airport is Mwanza Airport (MWZ). There are also direct flights from the Serengeti to Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam and other national parks in Tanzania such Lake Manyara and Tarangire.

Serengeti fly-in safaris (private airstips)

Looking for a faster and even more convenient option to get to the Serengeti? A scheduled or private charter flight is the way to go. Some of the more exclusive lodges have their own airstrip and are able to arrange direct scheduled and/or private charter flights from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) or Arusha Airport (ARK) to their airstrip.

Serengeti drive-in safaris

The most popular way to travel to Serengeti National Park by road is by booking a drive-in safari. In general the drive-in safaris start from the town of Arusha. As it will take approximately eight hours to travel from Arusha to the Serengeti National Park, an overnight stay at one or more wildlife sites en route is usually part of your safari itinerary.

Serengeti self-drive safaris

Although not recommended, the Serengeti National Park is accessible when travelling by (rental) vehicle. Please keep in mind that careful planning is necessary when driving by yourself through the Serengeti National Park. A 4×4 vehicle is required to be able to access all roads throughout the year. Petrol is sold at Seronera in the Southern Serenget.

Serengeti National Park access gates

The Serengeti has four main entry and exit point:

Naabi Hill Gate

Serengeti’s main gate, and therefore also the busiest. Naabi Hills Gate is located approximately 45 kilometers from Seronera. Gate is open between 06h00 and 18h00 daily.

Ndabaka Gate

Main access gate for the Western Corridor area; approximately a 1.5 hours drive from Mwanza and 145 kilometers from Seronera. Gate is open between 06h00 and 18h00 daily but please note that last entry is at 16h00.

Klein’s Gate

Klein’s Gate is located in the far north-east of the Serengeti. Gate is open between 06h00 and 18h00 daily but please note that last entry is at 16h00.

Bologonya Gate

Bologonya Gate is loacted en route to or from Kenya, but the border is currently closed and unlikely to open soon.

Upon entering Serengeti National Park through one of the above mentioned gates, you are required to pay park fees. These Serengeti park fees are usually included in the rate when booking an organised safari package. The following entrance fees apply:

1 JANUARY 2022 – 30 JUNE 2023

  • Per adult (16+ years old): US$ 70.80 per person per 24 hours.
  • Per child (between 5 and 15 years old): US$ 23.60 per child per 24 hours.
  • Children below the age of 5 years old: free of charge.

1 JULY 2022 – 14 MARCH 2023

  • Per adult (16+ years old): US$ 82.60 per person per 24 hours.
  • Per child (between 5 and 15 years old): US$ 23.60 per child per 24 hours.
  • Children below the age of 5 years old: free of charge.

15 MARCH 2023 – 15 MAY 2024

  • Per adult (16+ years old): US$ 70.80 per person per 24 hours.
  • Per child (between 5 and 15 years old): US$ 23.60 per child per 24 hours.
  • Children below the age of 5 years old: free of charge.

16 MAY 2023 – 30 JUNE 2024

  • Per adult (16+ years old): US$ 82.60 per person per 24 hours.
  • Per child (between 5 and 15 years old): US$ 23.60 per child per 24 hours.
  • Children below the age of 5 years old: free of charge.

Please note that:

  • Reduced rates are applicable for EAC member state citizens (passport required upon entry.
  • Proof of identification (for all visitors) is mandatory at the entry gate.
  • Fees at the gates can only be paid by Mastercard, Visa or Tanapa (Tanzania National Parks) Smartcard. Cash or other cards are not accepted.
  • All fees are for single entry.
  • Serengeti park fee once paid is non-refundable.
  • Expatriates / residents and their dependants living in Tanzania must have one of the following documents: resident permits Class A, B, C, exemption certificate, temporary pass attached with government receipt plus acknowledgement letter, diplomatic passport or ID.

Kindly note that all above rates and conditions are subject change without notice.

Most international travellers require a visa when arriving in Tanzania, which can be arranged upon arrival at one of the major airports. However, queues for these visas usually entail wasted hours spent at the airport. 

Alternatively, you may download your visa application from your local Tanzanian embassy website and submit these via post. Applications require two passport-sized photographs, payment for visa fees and a stamped, self-addressed envelope for the return of your passport, visa and other materials. 

More information about the visa application can be obtained from your nearest Tanzanian Embassy or Consulate. The current Tanzanian visa rates are US$ 50.00 to US$ 100.00 for single entry – depending on your country of origin. Please note that these rates are subject to change.