The best, the easiest and the most comfortable way to get to Tanzania is by plane. There are three international airports. Dar es Salaam (DAR) is used by most international airlines, and is convenient for business travellers or those exploring the southern safari circuit. The mainland alternative is Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), which lies midway between Moshi and Arusha and is well placed as a springboard for safaris to the Serengeti and other northern reserves. Some international flights land at Zanzibar (ZNZ) which lies 4km from Stone Town (journey time 15 minutes).
Following airlines offer flights from Riga to Tanzania: KLM, Lufthansa, Swiss, British Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways. Ticket prices begin from €1100.
There are no direct flights between Latvia and Tanzania and one has to be prepared for minimum 2 stops. Due to the great frequency of flights into Nairobi (Kenya), many tourists land at Nairobi and then fly on to Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar or Dar es Salaam with any of several regional operators. Ticket prices for Riga-Nairobi flights begin from €975 (return tickets). Nairobi-Dar es Salaam flight with Kenya Airways costs about €240 for a return ticket. Nairobi-Zanzibar flight with Kenya Airways costs about €220. Nairobi-Kilimanjaro flight with Precision Air costs about €225 for a return ticket.
Several safe and affordable shuttle bus services connect the cities of Nairobi and Arusha, Moshi, Kilimanjaro via Namanga border post, departing at around 08.00 and 14.00 daily and taking four hours in either direction.
Once in Tanzania, a good network of domestic flights connects Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar, as well as other less visited towns. Private airlines also run scheduled flights connecting to most parts of the country, including Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Pemba, Mafia, Serengeti (Grumeti and Seronera), Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara, Mwanza, Rubondo Island, Kigoma, Selous, Ruaha, Katavi and Mahale.
Tanzania Airports www.tanzaniaairports.com
Air Tanzania www.airtanzania.com
Kenya Airways www.kenya-airways.com
Precision Air www.precisionairtz.com