Okay, so you have decided to climb the Roof of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain on the African continent and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world!
Apart from all the required preparation of getting fit, securing your gear, travel insurance and visas, one of the key things to plan for is how you are going to get to Kilimanjaro.
In this article we talk about flights to Kilimanjaro, and ways you can ease the burden on your wallet.
First off we have some good news and some bad news.
Let’s get the bad news out the way.
There are not many direct flights to Kilimanjaro, and there are none from the UK or US. There I’ve said it!
The good news is there are a few options to get to Kilimanjaro International Airport.
The most convenient and often affordable choice for travellers from the US, UK and Europe is to fly to Amsterdam and then catch a direct flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport with KLM. This route departs daily at around 10am and arrives in Kilimanjaro around 8pm.
If you can’t get to Amsterdam then it is possible to fly into neighbouring airports in Kenya (Nairobi) or Ethiopia (Addis Adaba), and then catch a short connecting flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). These options are great if you are flying from Southern Africa, South America or Australia. The only downside is that delays on these routes are common. More of a concern on these routes is the frequent reported issues of lost or delayed baggage. To avoid any upset we recommend wearing your hiking boots and carrying all critical gear in your carry-on luggage. In the unlikely event that your baggage is lost or delayed you can at least rent or hire some items to begin your climb on time.
Other direct routes to Kilimanjaro include a Qatar Airways flight via Doha and a Turkish Airlines flight via Istanbul. Both these flights do not occur daily and have relatively long delays and unsociable flight times. In the case of the latter the flight leaves Istanbul at 2am and departs Kilimanjaro at 3am.
Finally it is possible to fly British Airways via Nairobi to Kilimanjaro.
If you are planning to visit Zanzibar we recommend booking an open jaw ticket which has you flying out of Dar Es Salaam.
For more information on flights to Kilimanjaro Airport see here.
For information on our recommended Kilimanjaro tour operator see here.