Traveling by Air to Serengeti National Park

The stunning Serengeti National Park spans over 14,750 square kilometers or 5,700 square miles across northern Tanzania. Due to the park’s immense size, there are several airstrips we suggest to our visitors depending on their selected lodging.

Central Serengeti, Seronera Airstrip

  • Four Seasons Safari Lodge
  • Dunia Camp by Asilia
  • Naona Moru Camp
  • Pioneer Camp
  • Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp
  • Lemala Seronera Camp
  • Roving Bushtop Tented Camp
  • Beyond Klains Camp

North Serengeti, Kogatende Airstrip

  • Serengeti Bushtop
  • Sayari Camp
  • Lemala Ewanjan Camp
  • Lemala Kuria Hill Camp
  • Singita Mara River Tented Camp

West Serengeti, Grumeti Airstrip

  • Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp
  • Mbalageti Tented Camp
  • Soroi Serengeti
  • Beyond Grumeti Tented Camp
  • Singita Sasakwa Lodge
  • Singita Explore Camp
  • Farufaru Lodge
  • Singita Sabora Tented Camp
  • Singita Serengeti House

South Serengeti, Ndutu Airstrip

  • Lake Masek Tented Lodge
  • Kusini Tented Lodge
  • Lemala Ndutu Camp
  • Ndutu Lodge
  • Woodlands Camp

International Airports

Arriving in close proximity to the Serengeti is fast and easy, with numerous international airports that provide connecting flights to the Serengeti airstrips.

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

A large international airport serving Northern Tanzania and the cities of Arusha and Moshi, Kilimanjaro International Airport is serviced by numerous major airlines, including Ethiopian Airlines, KLM, Kenya Airways, Qatar Airways, Rwanda Airways, and Turkish Airways.

Depending on arrival, it is possible to board a plane connecting to Serengeti before 12:00 PM, with a 45 minute to 1 hour flight time. Flights arriving at JRO before 10:15 AM have the option of a one-hour land transfer to Arusha Airport, where a flight to any of the Serengeti airstrips will leave at 1:00 PM. Flight duration from Arusha Airport will range from 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the airstrip of your choice.

If your flight does not allow for a same-day connection, we will be happy to assist you with overnight accommodations or airport transfers that best suit your needs. Luxury hotels and fine dining restaurants are available within minutes of the Arusha Airport, providing plenty of options before your safari adventure begins.

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO)

A travel hub in Nairobi, Kenya, NBO offers service from numerous major international airlines, including Air France, British Airways, United Airlines, American Airlines, Lufthansa, and Delta. Visitors arriving via NBO can take one of many connecting flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport in order to access flights to all Serengeti airstrips.

If your flight lands in Nairobi before 7:00 AM, you will have the option to connect to a flight to Serengeti or a short flight to Kilimanjaro to connect to flights to the Serengeti airstrips. If your flight lands later in the day, we can help you make arrangements to transfer to Kilimanjaro and then on to Arusha, where our advisors can help you make luxury hotel accommodations. Alternately, if you would like to stay in Nairobi, we would be happy to manage bookings on your behalf.

Arusha Airport (ARK)

A smaller regional airport serving the Arusha Region of Tanzania, numerous flights to Serengeti are offered from Arusha Airport on a daily basis by a choice of local airlines. Departures leave throughout the morning, with the last flight currently scheduled at 1:00 PM. Flight time ranges from 30 to 45 minutes, depending on your chosen airstrip.

Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR)

Julius Nyerere International Airport is located in Dar es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania. With service from numerous international airlines, including British Airways, KLM, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, and South African Airlines, passengers coming through Julius Nyerere have numerous transit options. For those arriving before 7:30 AM, it is possible to take a flight from the domestic terminal to Serengeti, with a flight time of roughly two hours. Other travelers are welcome to take a connecting flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Charter Flights

For those seeking a fast, efficient alternative from any area airport, charter flights are available for direct connections to Serengeti with no additional stops or delays. These flights provide a luxurious experience in a private cabin with the option to arrive in Serengeti at any time during daylight hours.

If you would like to consider this option, our safari advisors would be happy to help you make arrangements.

Local Airlines and Requirements

Numerous local airlines handle the short flights between larger airports and the Serengeti airstrips, including Air Excel, Auric Air, Coastal Aviation, Flightlink, and Regional Air. Please note that these airlines use Cessna Grand Caravans or other similarly-sized aircraft that can accommodate 9 to 13 passengers each. Luggage is limited to 15 kg (33 pounds) per person and must be carried in a soft-sided bag.