Gateway Airports of Africa


• Dar es Salaam (Julius Nyerere International Airport)

Tanzania's main flight hub is set on the coast and perfectly placed if you're heading for Zanzibar or islands off the Tanzanian coast like Pemba as well as the Nyerere National Park (previously Selous Game Reserve). Mount Kilimanjaro and Tanzania's northern safari destinations are served by transferring from Dar es Salaam to either Kilimanjaro International Airport (also offering limited international flights) or Arusha Airport for local charter flights.

• Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) (IATA: JRO, ICAO: HTKJ)

Tanzania's second main flight hub is set at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro and nearby adorable Serengeti National Park the heart of Africa safari destination. Many international visitors also go to national parks in Tanzania, to the Indian Ocean coast, to islands such as Zanzibar, and to Lake Victoria, reflected in the routes of connecting flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport

• Abeid Amani Karume International Airport

Abeid Amani Karume International Airport is the main airport in the Zanzibar Archipelago located on Unguja Island. It is approximately 5 kilometres south of Zanzibar City, the capital of Zanzibar, and has flights to East Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.

Uganda Flights

• Entebbe International Airport (IATA: EBB, ICAO: HUEN)

Is the only international airport in Uganda. It is located about 6 kilometers (3.7 mi) southwest of the town of Entebbe, on the northern shores of Lake Victoria. This is approximately 40 kilometers (25 mi) by road south-west of the central business district of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. The Pearl is blessed with an undeniable natural beauty. In the west, the Rwenzori peaks reach towards the sky, the perfect challenge for bold explorers – Across the nation, parks are home to some of the world’s most exotic animals: Silverbacks, lions and countless others, ooh… Uganda is home to Africa’s big 5. Winding roads lead to places of grand beauty and unique cultures for those who dare to explore. There’s a story at every turn, especially from our people, who are renowned for their warmth and charm. We can organize the domestic flights across the country

Kenya Flights

Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport)

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (IATA: NBO, ICAO: HKJK), is an international airport in Nairobi, the capital of and largest city in Kenya. The other three important international airports in Kenya include the Kisumu International Airport, Moi International Airport and Eldoret International Airport. Kenya's capital city is home to East Africa's unrivalled flight hub and will be your first landfall if you're planning to go anywhere in Kenya - including the Masai Mara - as well as Uganda, Rwanda and indeed Tanzania and Zanzibar. Visitors transfer from Jomo Kenyatta to nearby Wilson Airport for onward regional connections and charter flights.

South Africa Flights

• Cape Town International Airport

Serving South Africa's Cape destinations such as Cape Town, Whale Coast and the Cape Winelands, this is the gateway airport for the Garden Route and Eastern Cape. Namibia can also be easily accessed from Cape Town.

• Johannesburg (O R Tambo International Airport)

Africa's premier flight hub, O R Tambo serves all destinations in South, Southern and East Africa including the Kruger Park, Victoria Falls, Botswana and the Mozambique coast. You'll transfer at the airport to domestic or regional flights. On a smaller scale, other important gateway airports include Namibia's Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek (ideal for Etosha and the Namib Desert) and Mozambique's Maputo International Airport, serving the country's Bazaruto and Quirimbas Archipelagos.

Botswana Flights

Most visitors to Botswana will have a stopover in South Africa to pick up a direct flight from OR Tambo International Airport (JNB), Johannesburg or Cape Town International Airport (CPT). Botswana’s main airport is Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE), located 11km/7miles north of Gaborone, the capital.

For travelers, it is more common to fly into Maun Airport (MUB) and Kasana Airport (BBK). When combining a safari in Botswana with a visit to Victoria Falls, it is common to fly into Maun and depart from Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) in Zimbabwe or Livingstone Airport (LVI) in Zambia.

Zambia Flights

Formally, Lusaka International Airport, Zambia’s main airport is located about 15kms northeast of the central business district of Lusaka, off the Great East Road. Not to be confused with Lusaka City Airport, which is within the city for small aircraft only. However there are more Airport In Zambia like Kenneth Kaunda International Airport Lusaka, Livingstone Airport, Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport, Chipata Airport, Mfuwe Airport, Solwesi Airport

Flying around Africa

Once you've touched down at one of Africa's gateway airports you'll need to move on if you're not staying in the city itself. Flying around Africa - from the international hub to your final destination - can involve a variety of transport mediums, several of which can add immense value to your journey - be sure to have your camera handy when you fly over Botswana's Okavango Delta or across the Indian Ocean to a remote desert island!

For regional and domestic flights, Moonlight Tours Expedition will only use accredited international airlines (IATA members). We do not use low cost carriers due to the inconsistencies in scheduling and irregular service.

Shorter distances and flights into remote destinations that use 'bush airstrips' are best served by scheduled or non-scheduled charter flights that may be shared or private. Light aircraft that seat four to six people are used on these flights. Although uncommon, helicopter transfers can be arranged for destinations such as the Okavango Delta.

Getting to your final destination - the lodge, resort or hotel - will involve ground transport. If you've hired a car then you'll pick it up at the airport; if not, then you'll be transferred by private or shared mini bus, 4X4 or car.