Kilimanjaro National Park & Tanzania Car Hire For Safaris

Kilimanjaro National Park Car Hire. Rent 4×4 Land Cruisers on self drive or with a driver guide for an ultimate Trek to all routes which includes: Machame, Lemosho, and Marangu.

The drive to Kilimanjaro National Park from Arusha takes no more than 72 km / 1.5 hours on a good asphalt road. A visit to Kilimanjaro National Park is featured in most Tanzania itineraries that cover the Northern Safari Circuit. Keep on reading to understand why.

Estimated time between Arusha and Kilimanjaro

Average SpeedTravel Time
30 mph (48 km/h)01 hours 38 minutes
40 mph (64 km/h)01 hours 13 minutes
50 mph (80 km/h)00 hours 58 minutes
60 mph (97 km/h)00 hours 48 minutes
70 mph (112 km/h)00 hours 42 minutes
75 mph (120 km/h)00 hours 39 minutes
How do I go from Arusha to Kilimanjaro National Park

Most travellers Kilimanjaro National Park from Tanzania’s safari capital, Arusha. 

By road, Kilimanjaro Nationak Park is 72km from Arusha, and the drive to the northern gate takes 1.5  hours along a new tarmac road.

You can also fly to Arusha  from Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), and the journey takes around 40 minutes. 

Kilimanjaro International Airport is located around 46km from Arusha.

Kilimanjaro National Park

We have put together a short documentary to show you what it’s really like climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Find out what it’s really like to summit the roof of Africa at 5,895 m (19,341 ft) above sea level. No matter where you are in the planning stages, it’s an extremely useful watch as you:

  • Meet the mountain crew who make this magnificent once-in-a-lifetime experience possible.
  • Watch the team trek through five unique ecosystems.
  • And find out what it really takes to conquer one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. 

Tanzania has three major international airports:

  1. Dar es Salaam (DAR)
  2. Zanzibar (ZNZ)
  3. Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO)

The latter is the most convenient for Kilimanjaro, sitting only 42 km away from the mountain town of Moshi and 50 km from Arusha.

In addition to flights to Tanzania, you may consider flights to Nairobi in Kenya, which is only a five-hour shuttle bus ride to Arusha or a one-hour plane ride to JRO. Note, however, that by choosing to fly to Kenya you may need a multiple-entry Kenya visa (if you’re flying out of Kenya, too, for example, and spend longer than a fortnight in Tanzania), which can cost as much as $122. This would reduce or even eliminate any saving you may have made in airfares.

In deciding which flights to book, you should take the full trip into consideration. For example, if you’d like to spend a couple of days in Zanzibar after the climb, it might be best to book one-way tickets from your home to Kilimanjaro Airport for the climb, from there to Zanzibar after the climb, and then from Zanzibar back home.

We recommend arriving one day early (what we refer to as “arrival day”). This will give you time to relax, meet your fellow trekkers, and get a proper briefing before the climb starts. More importantly, if there’s any delay to your flight or your luggage goes AWOL, there’s enough wiggle room so that this delay doesn’t derail your climb. Seriously – this extra day really is a good idea, especially with post-pandemic airlines being in a little bit of a pickle right now.

All that said, we understand that travelling to Kilimanjaro can be a challenge. So we’ll accommodate your arrival time as best we can (for example, if you only arrive late at night the day before the climb starts, we’ll still be there to collect you!).

Yes, most foreigners need a Tanzanian visa to visit the country. US, Canadian, British and most European citizens can simply obtain a visa upon arrival at the airport. The cost is $100 for US passport holders and $50 for others. US citizens do get a longer visa, however.

If you’re a citizen of a different country, please check with your embassy if you can obtain a visa upon arrival – of if you even need one. Certain African nationals, for instance, can enter Tanzania without a visa.

Please also note that you need a passport that’s valid for at least six months after your departure date.

There are no specific vaccine requirements for entry into Tanzania. However, be aware that the Government of Tanzania requires proof of yellow fever vaccination upon arrival if you are travelling from a country with risk of yellow fever.

While it’s not mandatory by any means, we suggest you talk to your doctor about getting the following vaccinations (which are standard in developed countries): Hepatitis A & B, typhoid, yellow fever, tetanus, polio, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) and meningococcal meningitis (Africa and Asia).

There are seven different Kilimanjaro routes up the mountain. We recommend the eight-day Lemosho, seven-day Machame and nine-day Northern Circuit routes. These routes offer the best balance of a high success rate and beautiful scenery.

Kilimanjaro requires no technical climbing experience nor climbing equipment. This makes it the most accessible of the Seven Summits in many ways.

Any decently fit person can summit the mountain. That said, for most people, it will be one of the most difficult things they ever do in their lives! As we discuss in Kilimanjaro vs Everest Base Camp, it’s even harder in our opinion than trekking to Everest Base Camp!


Available Fleets for Rental to Kilimanjaro National Park

Land Cruiser V8

Planning cross border safari from Kenya’s Masai Mara to Uganda’s Bwindi to Rwanda’s Volcanoes and Tanzania’s Serengeti, book a Land Cruiser V8 with or without a rooftop tent for road safari within East Africa with Self Drive Kenya

Land Cruiser Safari Vehicle
Kilimanjaro Airport Transfers to Briston Serengeti Hotel

Land Cruiser HardTop

The Toyota land cruiser hardtop with a pop up roof an suitable for comfortably carrying at most 4 people. The car is also perfect for roadtrip adventures in Serengeti National Park because of the 4WD drive that supports it whenever it is stuck in Mud

Land Cruiser Lx.

The Land cruiser Lx is a a strong and an all terrain vehicle, that can easily be driven on the rough roads of Maasai Mara national reserve. The car can be rented with/without: rooftop tent and driver guide. It can also cross to Tanzania’s Serengeti.