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Tips for First-Time Travellers on Flights to Kilimanjaro
Tanzania is one of Africa’s most beautiful countries. Thousands of tourists and hikers book flights to Kilimanjaro every year to test their fitness in a summit up the famous mountain. The lush, North African republic is a natural haven world-renowned for its hikes, national parks and equatorial climate. Here are a few things you need to know before you find tickets to Kilimanjaro.
It’s All About The Mountain
Kilimanjaro is a region defined by the mountain, which is the highest peak in Africa. The Mount Kilimanjaro National Park is the protected area that encompasses the area around the base of the mountain, as well as the peak itself. If you’re looking for flights to Kilimanjaro, chances are you’re preparing for a hike to the top of the summit. That said, there’s more to do for people booking flights to Kilimanjaro than just hike.
The Kilimanjaro Marathon
Every year in March, Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) is flooded with athletes. Although this time, they’re not climbers; they’re runners. The Kilimanjaro Marathon is a stunning 42 kilometre route that wraps around thel national park. If you’re looking for cheap flights to Kilimanjaro, it can be wise to avoid booking flights to Kilimanjaro for travel in early March, when the runners are making their way to Tanzania for the race.
Weather In Tanzania
When is the best time to book flights to Kilimanjaro? The average temperatures in Tanzania hover in the low- to mid-20s all year long, with a humidity of around 70% to 80%. The country is so close to the Equator that it doesn’t really experience much change from season to season. If you’re looking for cheap flights to Kilimanjaro, the best thing to do is find out when any major events or festivals (such as the Kilimanjaro Marathon) are scheduled to take place. If you avoid travelling during those times, you may increase your chances of finding better prices on plane tickets to Kilimanjaro.
The Cost of Visiting With Flights to Kilimanjaro
Booking Flights To Kilimanjaro To Hike?
Tanzania isn’t the most expensive country in Africa, but hiking Kilimanjaro can be quite costly. Professional tour companies offer a variety of packages that range from $1500 AUD to $6000 AUD. These packages generally cover a professional guide, food and accomodation at the base camp.
If you’re booking tickets to Kilimanjaro for a more relaxed visit, or to support a friend or family doing the hike, the cost of visiting Tanzania is drastically lower. There are a variety of beautiful accommodation options that you’ll be able to find for less than $80 AUD per night and, if the ‘beer index’ is anything to go by, you’re in luck. The average beer in Tanzania costs $1.50 AUD. Tip: Although the region is geared toward tourists and climbers, resources can be scarce. Be sure to stock up on your favourite treats at your departure duty free before landing at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).
Public Transport and How to Get Around
Getting To Mount Kilimanjaro
Generally, hikers spend their first night in a town called Moshi, which is just a 45-minute drive by car or taxi from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). This ride costs around $70 AUD. The surrounding towns and villages are all supported by climbers and tourists visiting the national park every year, so there are many accommodation options for all travellers. The best way to get around the region is by hiring a taxi, as most towns are about 30 to 45 minutes’ drive apart.