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Since 1986
· Safaris in Tanzania
· Kilimanjaro climbs
· Zanzibar
· Tailored tours
  The safaris include
· Accommodation
· Meals
· Safari flights
· Game drives in the parks
· Park fees
· Airport transfers, if required
Our tours:
Fly-in safaris
All main parks of Tanzania have airstrips, of which most are operated by scheduled safari flights. Anderson's offers fly-in safaris to these parks, as well as fly-in safaris by chartered light aircraft to non-operated parks.

Flying to the parks is a fast and comfortable way of travelling. Once there, you stay in lodges or tented camps, from where you do game drives into the bush to enjoy the wildlife.

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Cessna Caravan on Seronera Airstrip in Serengeti National Park.

Most fly-in safaris in northern Tanzania (to Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara and Tarangire) start from Arusha Airport (ARK/HTAR) just outside Arusha. Some start from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO/HTKJ) a 45-minute drive east of Arusha.

Fly-in safaris in southern Tanzania (to Selous, Ruaha and Saadani) start from Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam (DAR/HTDA). Some flights operate the bush from Zanzibar International Airport (ZNZ/HTZA) via Dar es Salaam.

These main airports have good connections with for exampel Europe, Zanzibar and Nairobi, allowing for convenient itineraries.

More about safaris by air

Flying or travelling by road?
Flying is a comfortable means of transport compared to safari vehicles on bush roads. It's also much faster – Arusha to central Serengeti is an hour by air, and some 7 hours by road. In southern Tanzania, travelling to Selous and Ruaha by road takes even longer, and flying is the option preferred by most.

What you don't get when flying is the experience of travelling the Tanzanian countryside and bush, passing through towns and villages, stopping to bargain for a bunch of local bananas, and smelling the soil. The aerial views cannot fully match the scenery along the road – especially northern Tanzania offers many stunning views. Some safari-goers mix travelling by road and air, to get the benefits of both.

Taking off from Selous Game Reserve.

Arriving in the parks
Safari-goers arriving by air are met on the airstrip and driven to the lodge or camp for checking in. Should your flight be rerouted to a different airstrip, the staff meeting you goes there, too.

Game viewing
The game viewing on fly-in safaris may be organized in two different ways. You may either join the game drives organized by the lodge or camp that you are staying in, or do game drives with a vehicle and guide from Anderson's. The latter comes at a higher cost, and at the advantage of having a vehicle at your disposal for exclusive use, for outings, full-day game drives etc.

Sheduled safari flights
Most scheduled safari flights operate a number of airstrips en route, but land only where passangers are to be picked up or dropped.

Serengeti, Lake Manyara and Tarangire in northern Tanzania have good flight services. Ngorongoro Airstrip is unreliable, as clouds and mist on the Ngorongoro Crater rim may prevent landing and take-off. If the strip is closed, the flights are rerouted to Lake Manyara Airstrip.

Southern Tanzania has scheduled flights to Selous, Ruaha and Saadani.

Chartered light aircraft in Mikumi National Park.

Chartered safari flights
Chartering an aircraft is mainly of interest if you prefer to travel independently or to visit parks that are not serviced by scheduled flights, for example Mikumi or Katavi.

Some select lodges and tented camps have their own nearby airstrip for clients arriving by chartered flights.

The aircraft
The safari flights are operated by light aircraft. Most are single propeller, such as the common Cessna Caravan, but dual propeller and turboprop aircraft are also seen. Small 4 to 6-seaters may be used for some chartered flights.

The airstrips
The bush airstrips in the parks are unpaved grass or dirt strips. Large parks, such as Serengeti and Selous, have several airstrips.

The bush airstrips don't have customs or immigrations facilities, so direct safari flights from neighbouring countries such as Kenya or Uganda into the Tanzanian parks are not possible.

The active volcano Ol Doinyo Lengai seen from the air.

Our itineraries
Anderson's offers fly-in safaris to all parks that have a dependable airstrip and accommodation facilities. Besides our set fly-in intineraries to the main parks, we can tailor an itinerary for you that includes those parks that you want to visit, the lodges or camps of your choice, chartered flights, etc.

The lodges and camps
Lodges and tented camps offer hotel-like accommodation in the bush. The rooms in lodges are in buildings, for example bungalows, while the rooms in tented camps are in tents. Most rooms are doubles or twins, but singles, triples and family rooms are also often available.

The level of comfort starts from a tourist standard that includes private rooms/tents with normal beds, private bathrooms with hot showers, and meals served in restaurants. Other lodges and camps offer a high level of luxury.

Common facilities in lodges and tented camps are restaurants, bars, receptions and souvenir shops. Some have swimming pools, and some have observation decks or platforms for viewing game in the surrounding bush.

More about lodges and camps

Safari-goers on a bush airstrip.
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