We operate with the highest degree of integrity and the single most important element of our business is our reputation and your 100% satisfaction. Below is a listing of steps we have taken to protect your trip and provide you with complete peace of mind. Additionally, it is important that you ultimately speak with a few of our past customers to learn first hand about our truly unique and highly customized private safaris. Please let us know if you would like to receive a list of references.
1. Highest Possible Company Rating (A+) with the Better Business Bureau and AAA Rating with the Business Consumer Alliance - Africa Dream Safaris is a fully accredited member of the Better Business Bureau and has been a participant in the BBB's Reliability Program since June 2004. We adhere to the Bureau's strict membership standards, which include a commitment to ethical business practices. We are proud to hold the highest possible company rating (A+) with the Better Business Bureau (letter grades from A+ to F are assigned by the BBB and represent their opinion on the reliability of a business). Our exemplary 'A+' rating with the Better Business Bureau can be verified by here clicking or by calling 888-983-3122. Additionally, we are proud to hold an exemplary rating of 'AAA' (the highest possible ranking) with the Business Consumer Alliance (formerly the Better Business Bureau of Los Angeles). Our AAA rating with the Business Consumer Alliance can be verified by clicking here or by calling the BCA at 909-825-7280.
2. TATO Member - Africa Dream Safaris is a licensed member of the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO). The Tanzania Association of Tour Operators was established in 1983 to maintain high standards and quality among its members and to promote socially and environmentally responsible tourism products in Tanzania. We urge all travelers to Tanzania to make sure their chosen tour operator is a licensed member of TATO. Click here to verify our membership with the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators.
3. Properly Licensed in the US - Africa Dream Safaris, a California corporation, is properly licensed by the State of California as a seller of travel. Our California Seller of Travel (CST) registration number is 2071193. Click here to verify our US License.
4. Properly Licensed in Tanzania - Africa Dream Safaris is properly licensed to operate safaris in the United Republic of Tanzania. We hold a Class 'A' tourism license to conduct safaris in Tanzania. Click here to verify our Tanzania License.
5. Keeping Payments in Trust - Africa Dream Safaris deposits all payments received into a trust account held by Bank of America on behalf of you the customer. We only disburse these funds to the applicable suppliers when necessary. We do not use payments from one customer to buy travel on behalf of another or to pay for rent, overhead, or any personal use, until such time as we have delivered to you the services you have purchased.
6. Protect your Trip - Travel Insurance through Travel Guard is available here: Travel Guard
By choosing Africa Dream Safaris, you have the luxury of setting your own agenda (with our help) and you won't be shuffled through the rigid itineraries and fixed timetables that other companies often require you to adhere to. You may depart on any day of your choice and for any duration of your choosing. All of our safaris are built around your schedule and not ours. We understand that you demand flexibility and our goal is to provide unlimited choices to meet the requirements of your busy life.
Once on safari, you have the flexibility to choose and adjust the time you leave and return from your game drives. You will game drive, explore or relax when and where you desire. At your discretion, you may incorporate full day adventure game drives, nature walks, cultural interactions, balloon safaris, bush breakfasts and lunches or any other activities and tours that interest you. Throughout your entire journey, you will be in the company of your professional guide who will be your companion, your teacher, and at your service for the duration of your safari.
A credit card authorization form for your $500 per person deposit, along with a completed reservation form, is required to begin the reservation process. Please provide an estimated arrival date or range of dates (recommended) and we will check on lodge availability.
Please note - since each safari is completely customized, it may take a minimum of 7 days to confirm your arrangements. Your deposit will not be charged until you approve your final itinerary and all accommodations have been reserved. Visa or MasterCard is accepted for your $500 per person deposit. The balance of the safari price is due no later than 90 days prior to departure and is payable by personal check, cashiers check, money order or wire transfer.
Upon confirmation of your safari, a welcome package will be mailed to your residence and will contain your confirmed itinerary, national park and wildlife information, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater ecosystem map, ADS safari shirts, ADS safari hats, luggage tags as well as the comprehensive ADS handbook, a 100-page information guide (includes packing and reading lists, weather and safety information, health and travel recommendations, useful safari tips, wildlife checklists, etc.) to ensure that you are 100% prepared for your safari.
Thank you for your interest in booking a safari with Africa Dream Safaris Â®.PLEASE READ THE BELOW BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS, TRAVEL RELEASE AND TRAVEL INSURANCE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT CAREFULLY. Each adult in your party must complete and return a signed copy of these forms (please contact your assigned safari specialist to obtain a PDF copy of our Safari Booking Application, including Waiver Indemnity and Release Agreement), along with a $500 per person (including minors) non-refundable deposit, before we can provide a confirmed reservation for you or your group.
Africa Dream Safaris, Inc. ("ADS") is a corporation registered and authorized to do business in the State of California, CST# 2071193. You should consider the following terms we use in these Booking Terms and Conditions and accompanying documents synonymous: safari, tour and trip, as they refer to your travel arrangements with Africa Dream Safaris. Additionally, the following terms: you, guest, participant, member, passenger and traveler all refer to you, the undersigned traveler and, as applicable, to the other adult and minor travelers in your party.
BY SIGNING AFRICA DREAM SAFARIS' SAFARI BOOKING APPLICATION AND PROVIDING YOUR INITIALS BELOW, YOU ARE INDICATING YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS, BOTH PERSONALLY AND ON BEHALF OF YOUR MINOR CHILDREN. EACH ADULT MEMBER OF YOUR PARTY MUST SIGN THE BOOKING APPLICATION, TRAVEL RELEASE AND INSURANCE FORM, AND INITIAL EACH PAGE OF THIS DOCUMENT.
In addition to submitting a signed, completed Reservations Booking Form, you must submit a non-refundable $500 deposit per person in your group, along with a completed and signed Travel Release and Travel Insurance Acknowledgement Form, before we can confirm your reservation. Upon receipt of the required deposit and travel forms, and subject to availability, we will reserve your place on your selected safari. In the event that any accommodation is not available, we will substitute a comparable property or adjust the itinerary, if necessary, without compromising the integrity of the overall safari experience, as determined in our reasonable discretion. THE BALANCE OF THE CHARGES ASSOCIATED WITH THE SAFARI ARE DUE NOT LATER THAN 90 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE. We accept Visa or MasterCard for your $500 per person deposit, with the balance of the safari price to be paid by personal check, cashiers check or wire transfer. In the event of any unpaid supplemental costs, you authorized us to use the credit card you provided on the Security Deposit Form to cover those charges. All tour prices are in and must be paid in U.S. dollars. ADS reserves the right to cancel tours if not paid in full by the required deadlines.
Cancellations are only effective upon Africa Dream Safaris' actual receipt of written notification, signed by the guest. Because we only a have a limited number of spaces per tour and to be fair to our other guests, cancellations received by ADS 90 days or more prior to departure are subject to a $500 per person cancellation penalty; i.e., we will retain your nonrefundable deposit(s). Cancellations received 89-61 days prior to departure are subject to a cancellation penalty of 50% of the total trip price. Cancellations received 60 days or less prior to departure are subject to a cancellation penalty of 100% of the total trip price. No tour refund is available should you fail to join a tour or join it after departure or leave it prior to its completion. Some or all airfare may be non-refundable. There will be no refunds from ADS for any unused portions of the tour. The above policy applies to all travel arrangements made via Africa Dream Safaris. WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU SECURE TRIP AND CANCELLATION INSURANCE.
A fundamental condition of booking is that the guest is solely responsible to ensure that he/she carries the appropriate comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover themselves, as well as any dependents and traveling companions, for the duration of their trip to Africa. This insurance should include, at a minimum, coverage for the following: cancellation or curtailment of the safari and any associated air travel, emergency evacuation expenses, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, damage, theft or loss of personal baggage, money and goods. We recommend you consult with your insurance provider to identify any additional coverage available to you. Africa Dream Safaris is not responsible for any losses or costs incurred or suffered by the guest, or guest's dependants or traveling companions, concerning, but not limited to, any of the above-mentioned events. The relevant service providers will charge guests directly for emergency services, and guests may find themselves in a position unable to access such services should they not carry the relevant insurance coverage. YOU MUST COMPLETE AND RETURN A TRAVEL INSURANCE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT TO ADS AS A CONDITION OF TRAVEL.
Guests should understand that while a high level of fitness is not required, a measure of physical activity is involved in all African safaris and tours. Participation on a safari or tour to Africa requires that you be in generally good health. It is essential that persons with any medical problems or related dietary restrictions make them known to us well before departure. We will endeavor to address your restrictions, but are not responsible for any limitations on the tour arising from your physical or medical condition or dietary needs. All members of your group should take anti-malaria precautions, which are the sole responsibility of the guest. Africa Dream Safaris is not responsible for the accuracy of any medical information you supply us or that we supply to health care providers on your behalf. You should consult your doctor for up to date requirements and personal recommendations well before embarking on your voyage. BY FORWARDING THE TOUR DEPOSIT AND ACCOMPANYING FORMS, THE GUEST CERTIFIES THAT HE/SHE DOES NOT KNOWINGLY HAVE ANY PHYSICAL OR OTHER CONDITIONS OF DISABILITY, INCLUDING DIETARY RESTRICTIONS, THAT WOULD CREATE A RISK FOR HIM/HER OR OTHER TOUR PARTICIPANTS. AFRICA DREAM SAFARIS WILL DECLINE TO PERMIT A GUEST TO PARTICIPATE IN TOUR ACTIVITIES OR PROVIDE ANY REFUND FOR TOUR FEES IN THE ABSENCE OF A SIGNED TRAVEL RELEASE.
Airfares are subject to change without notice prior to ticketing. Africa Dream Safaris is not responsible for any airline schedule or airfare changes, cancellations, overbooking or damage or loss of baggage and property. You must make all claims for any loss or injury suffered on any airline directly with the airline involved. Keep in mind that air schedule changes may necessitate adding additional nights to your tour. These schedule changes are beyond the control of ADS and any resulting additional costs are the guest's sole responsibility. Africa Dream Safaris is not liable for any delays or additional costs incurred as a result of airlines not running on schedule, including in the event of flight cancellations.
You are responsible for the accuracy of all information concerning your trip, including dates, airline and travel reservations, and trip particulars. Please read all travel documentation carefully and notify ADS of any errors or omissions in advance of your departure. Africa Dream Safaris is not responsible for loss, damage or injury arising from any shortfall, error or omission in the information passed to the customer during the course of the sale or subsequent delivery of the tour product or services.
Although every effort is made to adhere to schedules, routes, lodges and camps occasionally may change while on safari as dictated by changing conditions. Such conditions may be caused by seasonal rainfall on bush tracks, airfields and in game areas, by game migrations from one region to another, lodge and camp overbookings, airline delays and schedule changes or other booking problems or the like. Africa Dream Safaris is not responsible for such external events or resulting itinerary changes. If a guest initiates any change to the safari itinerary, including accommodations, flights, services, etc., the guest is responsible for all expenses arising from that change. These additional expenses are the responsibility of the guest to pay for directly in Tanzania or interim destinations as applicable.
While our operators endeavor to ensure that all reserved accommodations are available as planned, Africa Dream Safaris is not responsible for a refund either in the whole or in part, if any accommodation or excursion is unavailable and we are able to provide a reasonable alternative. Africa Dream Safaris cannot guarantee specific individuals will be assigned as a guest's driver-guide.
Please be aware that our safaris may take you into close contact with wild animals. Attacks by wild animals are rare, but we cannot guarantee your safety. Please note that many safari lodges and camps are not fenced and that wildlife moves freely in and around these areas. Always follow the safety instructions from the lodge or camp's staff with regards to moving to and from your tent and while on game activities throughout your safari. Africa Dream Safaris is not responsible for any injury or incident on the safari. We cannot guarantee sightings of specific species or quantities of wildlife.
The guest is solely responsible for all taxes and fees imposed by government or regulatory agencies prior to or during the course of the tour.
The primary traveler making any booking with Africa Dream Safaris, represents and warrants that he or she has authority to enter into a contract on behalf of all other persons included in the reservation and in the event of the failure of any members of the guest's party to make payment. The primary traveler, by signing this Safari Booking Application, agrees to be personally responsible for all charges associated with the reservation and tour, subject only to the right to receive a partial refund for early cancellation of the reservation. The payment of the deposit or any other partial payment for a reservation on a tour constitutes a consent by all guests covered by that payment to all provisions of the terms and conditions contained herein, whether or not the guest signs the Safari Booking Application.
This contract may not be assigned by the guest without the prior written consent of Africa Dream Safaris.
If any term, clause or provision hereof is held invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidity shall not affect the validity or operation of any other term, clause or provision and such invalid term, clause or provision shall be deemed to be severed from the Agreement.
The validity of this contract and of any of its terms or provisions, as well as the rights and duties of the parties under this contract, will be construed pursuant to and in accordance with the law of California. Except as otherwise provided herein, the parties specifically agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the courts of Los Angeles County, California, in the event of any dispute between them concerning this Agreement or the tour.
This contract supersedes any and all other agreements, either oral or in writing, between the parties with respect to the subject of this contract. This contract contains all of the covenants and agreements between the parties with respect to the subject of this contract, and each party acknowledges that no representation, inducements, promises, or agreements have been made by or on behalf of any party except the covenants and agreements embodied in this contract. No agreement, statement, or promise not contained in this contract is valid or binding between the parties with respect to the subject of this contract.
Tour costs quoted are current and are subject to change should there be any increases related to national park fees, governmental fees and taxes, visa fees, or any other circumstance beyond our control. Tour costs quoted are based on the number of guests traveling, month of travel and are contingent on all guests arriving on the same flight. Multiple arrivals, changing the number of guests, month of travel or room configuration may result in a change in price.
It is the responsibility of the guest to ensure that he/she and the guest's dependents have all the appropriate travel and medical documents, including passports, travel permits, parental travel consent forms, vaccination certificates and the like. It is your responsibility to report on time for all travel arrangements and to ensure that you have all travel tickets and documents. Africa Dream Safaris is not responsible for any additional costs if you fail to do so and, in the case of passengers being refused entry by any immigration or other authority, all repatriation costs are to be borne by the traveler. A Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate may be required for entry. Please consult with your physician regarding current vaccination requirements. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months past your arrival date and have at least 2 blank pages, clearly marked "Visa" if visiting a single country in Africa (travelers visiting multiple countries may be asked to furnish passports with additional blank pages). Travelers who do not have the required blank pages may be denied boarding at the point of departure. Please check with us for up-to-date passport and visa requirements. Africa Dream Safaris is not responsible for the accuracy of any information it supplies regarding passport and visa requirements. Please also consult with us for the specific age policies at the camps on your itinerary before you book your reservation. Our operators reserve the right to terminate the tour without refund in the event any guest misrepresents their age.
Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to these Booking Terms and Conditions or the breach thereof will be settled by binding arbitration in accordance with the rules of the Judicial Arbitration Mediation Services (JAMS) in Los Angeles County, and judgment upon the award rendered by the arbitrator(s) may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. The cost of arbitration shall be borne by the losing party or in such proportions as the arbitrator(s) decides.
This release, waiver of liability, assumption of risk, indemnity and covenant not to sue agreement ("Release") is entered into by and between each of the undersigned individual(s), their minor and adult children (and spouses thereof), and their spouse, heirs, next of kin, executors, administrators, assigns and personal representatives (hereinafter collectively referred to as "Releasor"), and AFRICA DREAM SAFARIS, INC., its parents, subsidiaries, and affiliates and their members, partners, officers, agents and employees (hereinafter collectively referred to as "Releasee").
Releasor desires and agrees to participate in the planned and unplanned safari activities and trip ("Safari Activities"), to be held during the dates recited on the Safari Booking Application that accompanies this Release.
Releasor fully understands the dangers, hazards and risks inherent and associated with the Safari Activities. Releasor acknowledges and agrees that during the trip, the dangers, hazards and risks of Safari Activities mean those dangerous conditions that may cause injury, damage, loss, accident and delay which are an integral part of Safari Activities (hereinafter referred to as "Risks"), including but not limited to:
* The propensity of any wild animal to behave in ways that may result in injury, harm, or death to Releasor, other persons (related or non-related), animals or objects;
* The inherent danger that wild animals, reptiles, insects and plants pose for persons, other animals and objects;
* The potential for Releasor, other participants and other persons to behave in a negligent manner that may contribute to injury to themselves or others;
* Conveyance in or on any vehicle (open or closed) on roads, in the bush or wild, including any defect in any vehicle or other means of transportation used during the trip;
* The potential for vehicle or other transportation accidents;
* The potential for theft or loss of any personal property;
* The potential for Releasor's air carrier increasing flight prices or changing flight arrival or departure dates and times;
* The potential for losses or expenses due to sickness, weather, labor strikes, terrorists acts, hostilities, wars, natural disasters, or other such causes, resulting in the alteration, delay, extension or cancellation of the Safari Activity;
* Death, injury or illness from accidents of any nature whatsoever, including but not limited to bodily injury of any nature, whether severe or not, temporary or permanent, that may occur as a result of participating in the Safari Activity, including contact with the wild or domesticated animals, physical surroundings, environment, equipment or persons;
* Loss, injury, illness or death as a result of participation in the Safari Activity, including but not limited to loss, death or injury as a result of any natural disaster or event, or extreme weather conditions; and
* Loss or injury, illness or death as a result of a crime or criminal act by third parties, terrorism, war, civil unrest, riot, detention by a foreign government, arrest or other act of government or authority.
Releasor acknowledges that the above list is not inclusive of all possible Risks associated with the Safari Activities and that the above list in no way limits the extent or reach of this Release. Releasor voluntarily accepts and fully assumes any and all responsibility for all Risks and possibilities of any and all delay, personal injury, death, damage to property or loss resulting from participation in Safari Activities.
Releasor acknowledges and agrees that it is not possible for the Releasee to make the Safari Activities completely safe. Releasor acknowledges and accepts these Risks and agrees to the terms and conditions of this Release, even if Releasee is found to be negligent or in breach of any duty of care or any obligation to Releasor in Releasor's participation in Safari Activities.
In addition to consideration given to Releasee for Releasor's participation in Safari Activities, Releasor
To release and forever discharge Releasee to the fullest extent permitted by law, from any and all liability for those Risks causing personal injury, death, damage to property, or loss resulting from Releasor's participation in Safari Activities due to any cause, including but not limited to negligence (failure to use such care as a reasonable prudent and careful person would use under similar circumstances), breach of any duty imposed by law, breach of contract or mistake or error in judgment of Releasee; and
* To waive any and all claims that Releasor has or may have in the future against the Releasee.
* It is the intention of the parties that the foregoing Release shall be construed in the broadest sense possible and shall be effective as a prohibition to all claims, charges, actions, suits, demands, obligations, damages, injuries, liabilities, losses, and causes of action of every character, nature, kind or description, known or unknown, and suspected or unsuspected that Releasor may have against Releasee.
* Releasor expressly acknowledges that he or she is aware of the existence of California Civil Code S 1542 and its meaning and effect. Releasor, expressly acknowledges that he or she has read and understands the following provision of that section, which provides:
Section 1542. General Release - Claims Extinguished. A general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his or her favor at the time of executing the release, which if known by him or her must have materially affected his or her settlement with the debtor.
Waiver of California Civil Code S 1542. Releasor expressly waives and releases any right to benefits that it may have under California Civil Code S 1542 to the fullest extent it may do so lawfully. Releasor further acknowledges that Releasor may later discover facts different from or in addition to those facts now known to it or believed by them to be true with respect to any or all of the matters covered by this Release, and agrees that this Release nevertheless shall remain in full and complete force and effect.
* Releasor acknowledges and understands that Releasor will be forever barred and prevented from suing or otherwise asserting any claims against Releasor for any loss, damage or personal injury or death that Releasor may sustain while participating in the Safari Activities, whether or not such loss is caused solely or partly by the negligence of Releasee.
* In consideration of Releasor's participation of the Safari Activity, Releasor COVENANTS NOT TO SUE and agrees to INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS RELEASEE from any and all actions, claims, demands, losses or costs of any nature whatsoever arising out of or in any way related to Releasor's participation in the Safari Activities, including but not limited to any claim whatsoever that arises or may hereafter arise on account of Releasor's first-aid treatment or other medical services rendered or the lack thereof to Releasor in connection with an emergency or health problem during the Safari Activity.
Releasor understands that Releasee in no way represents, or acts as agent for any third party, any transportation carriers, hotels, and other suppliers of services connected with the Safari Activities during the trip.
Releasor acknowledges and agrees that this Release and all terms contained herein are governed and construed exclusively and for all respects by the laws of the State of California, in the Country of the United States of America, regardless of conflict of law rules and that venue for all intent and purposes shall be Los Angeles County, California, in the Country of the United States of America. Releasor, hereby irrevocably submits to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of California, and agrees that no other court can exercise jurisdiction over the terms and conditions as set forth in this Release.
Releasor agrees that any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to this Release or the breach thereof will be settled by binding arbitration in accordance with the rules of the Judicial Arbitration Mediation Services in Los Angeles County (JAMS), and judgment upon the award rendered by the arbitrator(s) may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. The cost of arbitration shall be borne by the losing party or in such proportions as the arbitrator(s) decides.
If any action at law or in equity, including an action for declaratory relief, is brought to enforce or interpret the provisions of this agreement, the prevailing party will be entitled to reasonable attorneys' fees, which may be set by the court or arbitrator in the same action or in a separate action brought for that purpose, in addition to any other relief to which that party may be entitled.
This Release supersedes any and all other agreements, either oral or in writing, between the parties hereto with respect to the release, waiver of liability, assumption of risk, indemnity and covenant not to sue agreement and contains all of the terms and conditions between the parties with respect to the release, waiver of liability, assumption of risk, indemnity and covenant not to sue agreement whatsoever. Each party to this Release acknowledges that no representation, inducements, promises, or agreements, orally or otherwise, have been made by any party, or anyone acting on behalf of any party, which are not embodied herein, and that no other agreement, statement or promise not contained in this agreement shall be valid or binding on either party.
Any modification of this Release will be effective only if it is in writing and signed by the party to be charged. The failure of either party to insist on strict compliance with any of the terms, covenants, or conditions of this agreement by the other party shall not be deemed a waiver of that term, covenant, or condition, nor shall any waiver or relinquishment of any right or power at any one time or times be deemed a waiver or relinquishment of that right or power for all or any other times.
If any provision in this Release is held by a California court of competent jurisdiction, applying California law to be invalid, void or unenforceable, the remaining provisions shall nevertheless continue in full force without being impaired or invalidated in any way.
Releasor acknowledges that they have been provided the opportunity to review this Release with independent counsel of their own choosing. This Release shall be construed fairly as to all parties and not in favor of or against any of the parties, regardless of which party actually prepared this Release. The parties agree that California Civil Code S 1654 will not apply in the event of any uncertainty with respect to the construction of the language of this Release.
This Release is in the English language only, which language shall be controlling in all respects. All communications made or given pursuant to this Agreement must be in the English language.
In signing this Release, Releasor acknowledges and represents that Releasor has been fully informed of the content of the foregoing release, waiver of liability, assumption of risk, indemnity and covenant not to sue agreement by reading it before Releasor has signed it. Releasor further represents that Releasor is at least eighteen (18) years of age and fully competent to sign this Release.
Your private, custom-tailored itinerary is based upon a Delta / KLM Airlines arrival into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Kilimanjaro, which is next to the small town of Arusha, is the launching point for all Tanzania safaris. The daily Delta / KLM Airlines flight from the U.S. to Kilimanjaro (via Amsterdam) is the most convenient and efficient flight routing available. The flight routing consists of two segments. The first segment is from your departure city in the U.S. direct to Amsterdam. The second segment is from Amsterdam non-stop to Kilimanjaro.
If a direct Kilimanjaro arrival on Delta / KLM Airlines is not possible, there are several good alternatives available on British Airways, Turkish Airlines, Swiss Air, South African Airways, Qatar Airways and Emirates Airlines. Each of these airlines has arrivals into Nairobi, Kenya and/or Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Besides our main Africa Dream Safaris office in Arusha, we have affiliate offices in both Nairobi and Dar es Salaam to facilitate transfers, overnight layovers and connecting flights to Kilimanjaro to begin your safari. Starting in 2013, Turkish Airlines and Qatar Airways now offer non-stop flights on a regular basis from Istanbul and Doha to Kilimanjaro.
Since we are a ground operator in Tanzania, we do not book international flights but we can certainly facilitate the transaction for you. If you'd like some assistance with booking your flights, we can connect you with our airline booking agent. She has helped many of our clients with airline bookings to Tanzania in the past, and she is familiar with all the appropriate routings (including adding layovers in Amsterdam or other European cities). Otherwise, international flights can easily be booked directly on sites such as delta.com or klm.com.
As discussed above, the most convenient, efficient and safest point of entry into Tanzania is Kilimanjaro Airport via Amsterdam on the daily Delta / KLM Airlines flight. Kilimanjaro Airport, which is next to the small town of Arusha, is the origination point for all Northern Tanzania safaris. The only major airline serving Kilimanjaro is KLM Airlines, a code share partner of Delta. Delta / KLM flights can easily be booked directly at delta.com. Airport codes for major East African cities are Kilimanjaro (JRO), Dar es Salaam (DAR), Nairobi (NBO), Entebbe (EBB) and Zanzibar (ZNZ).
KLM/ Delta offer daily flights from most major cities in the U.S. to Kilimanjaro International Airport. The flight consists of two segments. The first segment is from your departure city in the U.S. direct to Amsterdam. The second segment is from Amsterdam non-stop to Kilimanjaro. The daily flight from Amsterdam to Kilimanjaro arrives into Kilimanjaro in the late evening. Accordingly, we highly recommend Mount Meru Resort, which is located close to the airport, on your arrival night. Our signature fly in and drive back safaris begin early the following morning with a short flight to the Serengeti. On the outbound flight from Kilimanjaro to Amsterdam, the KLM flight departs late at night and we normally incorporate a day room at Mount Meru Resort to relax before your departing flight.
For planning purposes, if you were to depart the U.S. on a Monday, you would arrive Kilimanjaro on Tuesday night. On the contrary, a departure from Kilimanjaro on a Monday would yield a Tuesday afternoon arrival back in the U.S. You may wish to add a layover in Amsterdam for a night or two to help break up the long flight. If you do choose a layover in Amsterdam, it is recommended that you incorporate the layover at the beginning of your trip. Additionally, you may wish to add a 2nd night in the Arusha/Kilimanjaro area at the beginning of your trip to recuperate from the flight and before beginning your safari.
KLM operates 747-400s on its U.S. to Amsterdam routes. From Amsterdam to Kilimanjaro, KLM operates 767-200s, which are comfortable wide body aircraft. Flight time from the east coast to Amsterdam is about 7 hours while it is about 10 hours from the west coast. Flight time from Amsterdam to Kilimanjaro is about 8 hours. The return flight times are a little longer. Please note that there is a 45-minute stop over in Dar es Salaam on the return flight from Kilimanjaro to Amsterdam though you are not permitted to leave the aircraft.
For those individuals adding an extension to Zanzibar after a safari, it is more optimal to depart from Dar es Salaam (15-minute flight from Zanzibar) as opposed to Kilimanjaro (1-hour and 15-minute flight from Zanzibar). Additionally and as discussed above, the daily return KLM flight from Kilimanjaro stops in Dar es Salaam before continuing on to Amsterdam. In conclusion, for those adding a Zanzibar extension, we recommend a Kilimanjaro arrival and a Dar es Salaam departure. This routing is not considered an 'open jaw' ticket and can easily be arranged. For those individuals adding a Kenya or Uganda safari extension, we recommend a Kilimanjaro arrival with a Nairobi departure. Again, this is not considered an 'open jaw' ticket and can easily be arranged.
Some of the flight connections from the U.S. to Kilimanjaro on KLM Airlines may have significant layovers (2 - 6 hours) in the Amsterdam airport before the connecting flight. Accordingly, you may wish to consider this great little hotel inside the Amsterdam airport (no clearing immigration or security) that you can book by the hour (or overnight) - Yotel Hotel The cost is about 65 Euros for 4 hours for a premium room and you get a cozy little cabin (air con, comfy bed, shower, toilet, sink, tv, wifi, pull out desk & room service).
Tanzania Visa fees are included in your private, custom-tailored safari and are prepaid in advance of your arrival into Kilimanjaro International Airport. Our dedicated Africa Dream Safaris (ADS) visa specialist will meet you in the customs area immediately upon arrival and welcome you to the gracious and beautiful country of Tanzania. They will have your name posted on a sign and will issue your Tanzania Visa, making your arrival to East Africa easy and efficient. With ADS you'll skip the long lines! Each person will simply need to provide a passport valid for at least 6 months past your arrival date and with at least 2 blank pages. All safaris are 100% escorted and chauffeured from arrival to departure.
There are NO required vaccinations (with the exception of the Yellow Fever Vaccination in some rare cases) for entry into Tanzania. Those individuals that are NOT required to have the Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate are all travelers flying 'non-stop' from the U.S./Europe/Asia/Middle East to Tanzania such as they do not transit through a Yellow Fever Infected Country. For example, this includes the KLM non-stop flight from Amsterdam to Kilimanjaro, the British Airways non-stop flight from London to Dar es Salaam and the Turkish Airlines non-stop flight from Istanbul to Kilimanjaro.
Starting in 2013, Turkish Airlines and Qatar Airways now offer non-stop flights on a regular basis from Istanbul and Doha to Kilimanjaro. There is also regular non-stop service between several major cities in the U.S. and Istanbul and Doha making Turkish Airlines and Qatar Airways a great alternative to KLM Airlines especially considering these two airlines have significantly reduced fares and efficient flight routing/travel time.
Turkish Airlines has introduced non-stop flights to Istanbul from 4 cities now (Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington D.C.). Once in Istanbul, it is a relatively quick 6-hour flight non-stop to Kilimanjaro. This makes flying to Tanzania from the U.S. on Turkish Airlines via Istanbul a great option. Some routes on Turkish Airlines may trigger an overnight layover in Istanbul, Turkey on the way back from Kilimanjaro. Many ADS returning guests have reported positive feedback on this forced layover as the sightseeing opportunities in Istanbul, one of the largest tourist destinations in the world, can be tremendous.
If you do find yourself with a flight itinerary that includes one night in Istanbul, you can either get your Turkey Visa in advanced by going online and obtaining a Turkey e-Visa with 3 easy steps (#1 apply online, #2 make payment via credit card and #3 download your e-visa) at: (evisa.gov.tr/en). Make sure to keep the Visa in your passport and take with you for entry into Turkey. Alternatively, you can get your visa upon arrival at Istanbul Airport for a cost of $20 per person. Just join the visa line first, pay the $20 and get your visa affixed to your passport. Then, and only then should you proceed to the immigration line.
Lastly, you may wish to consider flying Comfort Class (i.e. Economy Plus) on Turkish Airlines on the transatlantic portion of the flight. Comfort Class has a better seat configuration with 2-3-2 and a more generous seat pitch (a measurement of leg room) of 46.0 and seat width of 19.5 (111 degrees recline) compared with the Economy seat configuration is 3-3-3 (seat pitch and width of 31 and 18, respectively). Note this only available on the Boeing 777 version 2 aircraft.
Swiss Air, Emirates & SAA
As discussed above, the most convenient and efficient way of getting to Tanzania is on the daily Delta / KLM flight directly into Kilimanjaro via Amsterdam. Again, the Kilimanjaro-Arusha area is the launching point for all Tanzania safaris. If a direct Kilimanjaro arrival on Delta / KLM is not possible, there are several good alternatives on British Airways, Swiss Air and Emirates Airlines. Each of these airlines has arrivals into Nairobi, Kenya and/or Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Besides our main Africa Dream Safaris office in Arusha, we have affiliate offices in both Nairobi and Dar es Salaam to facilitate transfers, overnight layovers and connecting flights to Kilimanjaro to begin your safari. The flight time from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro is 50-minutes and the flight time from Dar es Salaam to Kilimanjaro is 1-hour and 15-minutes. Upon arrival into Nairobi or Dar es Salaam, we can provide connecting flights to Kilimanjaro. Depending on your specific flight schedule, an overnight may be required in Nairobi or Dar es Salaam before connecting onwards to Kilimanjaro. If this is the case, we can also arrange hotels and corresponding transfers in both Kenya and Tanzania.
Please note that we are able to issue visas at Nairobi Airport (Kenya Visas) and Kilimanjaro Airport (Tanzania Visas). We are unable to issue Tanzania visas at the Dar es Salaam airport. For those persons arriving into Dar es Salaam, you will need to obtain your own individual Tanzania Visas upon arrival at a cost of $100 per person. Simply fill out the short form upon arrival into Dar es Salaam.
Please note that all travelers flying to Tanzania via or in transit through a Yellow Fever Infected Country such as Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda are required to show proof of the Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate. For example, this would include those persons flying to Tanzania through Nairobi, Kenya on British Airways, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Swiss Air, Kenya Airways, Brussels Airlines, KLM and Emirates. Please see the health section for further information.
Below is a listing of additional costs associated with an alternate Nairobi or Dar es Salaam arrival should you choose not to book a direct Kilimanjaro arrival.
British Airways offers flights to both Nairobi (NBO) and Dar es Salaam (DAR) where you can connect to Kilimanjaro on a regional flight to begin your safari. There are 3 flights a week from the U.S. to Dar es Salaam and daily flights from the U.S. to Nairobi via London.
The British Airways Dar es Salaam flight arrives about 7.00am into Dar es Salaam. Upon arrival we can provide transfers to the domestic terminal and a Precision Air flight departing Dar es Salaam at 8.20am and arriving Kilimanjaro at 9.35am or a Coastal Aviation flight departing Dar es Salaam at 9.00am and arriving Arusha at 11.00am. Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro or Arusha, we can either fly you to the Serengeti (Coastal Aviation Arusha to Serengeti 12.30pm - 2.10pm) to immediately begin your safari or you may wish to spend the night in Kilimanjaro-Arusha before flying to the Serengeti the following morning. We highly recommend the latter. The return flight departs Dar es Salaam at about 8.35am and an overnight stay in Dar es Salaam is required the night before. The afternoon before your return flight we would fly you on Precision Air from Kilimanjaro to Dar es Salaam at 3.50pm to 5.40pm or Air Excel from Arusha to Dar es Salaam at 12.30pm to 2.35pm. We would then provide transfers and accommodations at the charming Royal Palm Hotel in Dar es Salaam. The following morning we would transfer you back to the Dar es Salaam Airport for your morning British Airways departure.
The British Airways daily Nairobi flight arrives about 9.00pm requiring an overnight in Nairobi. Upon arrival we can issue Kenya visas and provide transfers and hotel accommodations at the charming Palacina Hotel in Nairobi. The following morning we would transfer you back to the Nairobi airport for a 50-minute flight to Kilimanjaro on Precision Air at 8.00am to 8.50am or 10.00am to 10.50am. Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro, we would issue your Tanzania visas and fly you to the Serengeti to begin your safari. There are two flights from Arusha to the Serengeti that you could connect with including Coastal Aviation at 12.30pm to 2.10pm or Regional Air at 3.00pm to 4.05pm. The return flight departs Nairobi at about 11.00pm, which conveniently lines up with a Precision Air flight from Kilimanjaro to Nairobi at 7.40pm to 8.30pm. When routing through either Nairobi or Dar es Salaam, the beginning and ending of your safari itinerary will be adjusted accordingly to provide the most efficient logistics.
Swiss Air has several flights a week between the U.S. and East Africa via Zurich, Switzerland. The second leg of the flight departs Zurich in the morning and arrives in Nairobi at about 6.30pm and then continues onward to Dar es Salaam arriving at about 8.30pm. The return flight departs Dar es Salaam at about 9.30pm to Nairobi and then departs Nairobi at about 11.30pm arriving Zurich the following morning. When using Swiss Air, we recommend flying into Dar es Salaam* and out of Nairobi. This is the less expensive option as you avoid Kenya visa requirements.
Upon your evening Swiss Air arrival into Dar es Salaam* we can provide transfers and accommodations at the charming Kempinski Hotel. The following morning we would transfer you back to the Dar es Salaam Airport for your Coastal Aviation flight departing Dar es Salaam at 9.00am and arriving Arusha at 11.00am. We can then fly you to the Serengeti to begin your safari on Coastal Aviation departing Arusha at 12.30pm and arriving in the Serengeti at 2.10pm. The return flight on Swiss Air departs Nairobi at about 11.30pm, which conveniently lines up with a Precision Air flight from Kilimanjaro to Nairobi at 7.40pm to 8.30pm.
* Note we are unable to issue VIP Tanzania Visas at the Dar es Salaam Airport
Emirates Airlines has daily flights from New York (JFK) to Dar es Salaam or Nairobi via Dubai using the brand new A340-500 aircraft. Emirates Airlines consistently receives the highest ratings and awards for service and comfort. The economy seats are a little larger then most other airlines and each comes equipped with a personal entertainment system with video on demand. The flight consists of two non-stop segments with the first from JFK to Dubai and the second from Dubai to Dar es Salaam or Nairobi.
South African Airways offers daily flights from Johannesburg (JNB), South Africa to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. This is a good option for those individuals routing through South Africa for any number of reasons or for those adding a South African extension to Cape Town or Victoria Falls. The daily flight (approximately 4-hours in duration) departs Johannesburg at 9.50am and arrives Dar es Salaam at 2.20pm.
Upon arrival into Dar es Salaam, we can provide transfers to the domestic terminal and a Precision Air flight departing Dar es Salaam at 6.00pm and arriving Kilimanjaro at 7.15pm or an Air Excel flight departing Dar es Salaam at 4.20pm and arriving Arusha at 6.25pm. The return flight on SAA departs Dar es Salaam at 3.20pm and arrives Johannesburg at 6.05pm. To facilitate this return flight at the end of your safari, we would fly you on Precision Air departing Kilimanjaro at 9.15am and arriving Dar es Salaam at 10.30am or departing Kilimanjaro at 11.00am and arriving Dar es Salaam at 12.50pm via Zanzibar. An overnight at one of the lodges in the Arusha-Kilimanjaro area is required the night before.
The South African immigration authorities require that all travelers have two blank pages, clearly marked "VISA" and free of any other entry/exit stamps reserved in your passport for the exclusive use of South African Immigration stamps. Travelers who do not have the required two pages may be denied boarding at the point of departure from the United States. Clients traveling to both Kenya and South Africa require 4 blank pages.