The Main Airports in Tanzania – (With Tanzania Travel Tips)

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Tanzania is a country that many people dream of visiting during their lifetime. If you are thinking of traveling to Tanzania, there is likely one thing that you want to know more information about, and that is the airports in Tanzania.

Like many of African countries, Tanzania is filled with natural beauty and a range of animals that many people dream of seeing in the wild during their lifetime.

For people who dream of safari holidays, Tanzania is normally high on their bucket list. But if you want to travel to Tanzania, you need to fly there.

The Main Airports in Tanzania

Julius Nyerere International Airport

The largest airport in Tanzania is Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR).

This airport finished construction in 1954, and since then it has been regularly used by people visiting Tanzania.

It is the largest airport in Tanzania, with 3 terminals, so there are a number of flights in/out of this airport.

It is incredibly modern with recent expansion creating a whole new airport solely for international travel, making the airport even larger!

Mwanza International Airport

In the northern part of Tanzania, Mwanza International is one of the most popular.

It is close to the city of Mwanza, and located near the southern shores of Lake Victoria, so a number of tourists will use this airport during their vacation to Tanzania.

Kilimanjaro International Airport

One of the most popular airports in Tanzania is Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).

This airport is located to the southwest of Kilimanjaro national park and is incredibly popular among people who visit Tanzania to climb this mountain, or who come to go on safaris in the national parks around Arusha.

Arusha Airport

A smaller airport in Tanzania that still works as a major one is Arusha airport.

Arusha airport is located in the city of Arusha, and it is the go-to airport for any domestic travel within Tanzania.

This is a huge part of what contributes to the popularity of this airport.

Abeid Amani Karume International Airport

Finally, Abeid Amani Karume International Airport is a popular airport among those visiting the Zanzibar region of Tanzania.

This airport is around 5 kilometers south of Stone Town, so it is perfect for flying to if you want to see the beautiful white beaches of this island during your Zanzibar holiday.

Tips for Traveling in Tanzania

Here are some tips for traveling, and staying safe when doing this, in Tanzania:

  • Always travel in groups at night, and never travel alone after dark.
  • Choose the time of year that you visit based on what you want out of the vacation (wildlife viewing, wildebeest migration, etc.)
  • Ensure that you are fully vaccinated with the recommended vaccines before visiting Tanzania.
  • Buy a local SIM card so that you can keep in touch with those back home during your trip.


In short, in this guide, we have taken a look at some of the main airports in Tanzania, and a range of travel tips to help you get the most out of your vacation.


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