Kilimanjaro International Airport

Gateway to Serengeti and Kilimanjaro

Halfway between Arusha and Moshi in north-east Tanzania, this is where your northern circuit safari or Kili trek will begin.

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) is halfway between the two major towns of Tanzania’s north-east, Arusha and Moshi, 40km from each. Arusha is where most northern circuit safaris start and Moshi, at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, is the start to most Kilimanjaro climbing expeditions. 

As soon as you disembark from the plane a medical officer will ask for your yellow fever vaccination certificate (a yellow card with the date of your vaccination). Then you must complete your entry visa application form (unless you already have an entry visa stamped in your passport). Fill in the arrivals card and queue in the visa application line, where you'll have to pay for your entry visa in US dollars, so make sure you have dollars in cash. Most tourist visas are $50 per person, but American citizens pay $100 per person for a single-entry tourist visa. Your picture is taken, your fingerprints scanned and your visa printed and pasted into your passport. You need at least three blank pages in your passport. From the visa, application desk goes to immigration, where they'll check your passport and wave you through to the baggage claim area.

Popular Kilimanjaro Airport safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

Asilia Africa

Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings (10 days)

Experience one of Africa's greatest spectacles – smell the dust and hear the noise of thousands of animals crossing the Mara River

$ 11,990

£ 8,826

R 177,078


per person

10 days

The Serengeti on Foot (9 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

The Serengeti on Foot (9 days)

There's no better way to get close to nature and feel alive than on foot, and no better place to walk than the remarkable Serengeti

$ 3,500

£ 2,576

R 51,691


per person

10 days


Machame Route Up Kilimanjaro (7 days)

For the average climber, Machame is probably the most reliable route to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and the roof of Africa

$ 2,440

£ 1,796

R 36,036


per person

9 days

Lion cubs

Affordable Green Season Safari in Tanzania (8 days)

From Lake Manyara to the Ngorogoro Crater and the Serengeti, this Tanzania safari offers real value and shows off the burgeoning green world of Tanzania's rainy season migration 

$ 7,240

£ 5,329

R 106,926


per person

8 days

Close up view of Wildebeest

Medium Budget, Maximum Game Viewing in Tanzania’s North (11 days)

Visit Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorogoro Crater and Serengeti for a four-in-one safari you'll remember forever

$ 6,980

£ 5,138

R 103,087


per person

11 days

Mountain View

Two Peak Challenge: Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro (13 days)

Summit two of Tanzania's iconic mountain ranges in under two weeks

$ 3,470

£ 2,554

R 51,248


per person

13 days

Lion Cubs

The Big Cats of East Africa Safari (10 days)

This safari to the Serengeti and Masai Mara in East Africa is all about big cats – lots of them and up close for outstanding photographs

$ 8,435

£ 6,209

R 124,575


per person

10 days

Our African Travel Expert

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Megan Warrington says

Kilimanjaro International is the gateway to Tanzania's north and there's plenty of space around it to allow for future development. If you're scared of driving at night then make sure your overnight stop is as close as possible to Kilimanjaro International. 

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When you get to the arrivals hall you'll see a host of drivers waiting with name boards displaying their clients' names. It's important to find your name and your driver. Because the airport is situated 40km from anywhere, it's an hour’s drive to get there from Arusha or Moshi; even if you manage to let someone know that you weren't collected, a new vehicle would have to be dispatched to pick you up. If you take a taxi to your lodging you'll find it fairly expensive.

Remember to let your tour operator know if you miss a connecting flight earlier on your way to Tanzania so they don’t run around looking for you on the wrong flight and imagine you lost.

From the airport, you'll drive one hour to either Arusha or Moshi. Since most flights arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport early in the evening, your transfer will be at night. This can be a daunting experience if you aren't used to driving in Africa. That road is also the main link between Dar es Salaam and Arusha, so you could be sharing the road with high-speed buses and trucks that have little regard for smaller safari vehicles. In Africa the bigger the vehicle, the more likely it will have right of way because here size matters.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Kilimanjaro Airport

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What vaccinations should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

Is it okay to drink the water?

In some parts of Southern Africa it is safe to drink the tap water, however it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and… go there.

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