Jackson’s African Safaris does not book international airline tickets. We work closely with you to ensure you choose the best routing possible for your safari. Many travel agents don’t know Africa as this is a specialist destination, so please consult with us, to be sure you make the best possible decision. When in doubt, consult an expert.

Jackson’s African Safaris does purchase on your behalf, domestic air travel as required, to fly you into camps and other destinations.

Below is a series of tips on traveling to and from the following destinations;

A detailed suggested packing list will be sent upon booking. The atmosphere in all places we stay is informal, so casual neutral colored clothing is both practical and acceptable. Depending on which destinations you have chosen the months of September to December generally require cool clothing, with long, loose clothing for evenings. From May to August it can be quite cool at night and in the early mornings, so warmer clothing is advised. But again – we will advise you based on your tour what you need to bring and be aware of.

We advise that guests bring a good pair of lightweight walking shoes for the walking safaris and for around camps where the African ‘bush’ can certainly be dropping it’s thorns and spikes on the footpaths you walk upon.   At night is it advisable to wear full cover shoes.

A good pair of binoculars and an adequate supply of film/memory cards/batteries are also recommended for those with cameras. On all days except some walking Safaris, electricity is generally provided via generator or mains. Different African countries utilize different socket types. Please ensure you have the correct ones for the countries you will be visiting.

Upon booking and at about  60 days before departure we send you a complete packing list.

Most clients visiting Zimbabwe from the West, will fly into Johannesburg, South Africa, then connecting with a flight to either Victoria Falls or Harare.

The Victoria Falls airport has just extended the length of its airstrip, so in the near future, we anticipate seeing more international flights from Europe flying directly into Victoria Falls.

Based on your itinerary, we will discuss what flights you should book.

Zambia’s main international gateway is Lusaka. Most clients are now flying into Johannesburg, South Africa, with an onward connecting flight backup into Lusaka.

For access to the eastern parts of the country (eg. Chipata), it will be faster to fly into Lilongwe in neighboring Malawi, and cross the border (which is quite straight forward by African standards).

Livingstone, near spectacular Victoria Falls, and Mfuwe, near South Luangwa National Park, have small international airports serving regional destinations.  Flying into Victoria Falls Zimbabwe is always an option and crossing over the border/bridge.

Livingstone International Airport has daily direct flights from Johannesburg with various carriers e.g. South Africa Airways.  Direct flights from Cape Town to Livingstone are generally available, and also flights from Nelspruit and Hoedspruit (Kruger area), are also available.

Based on your itinerary, we will discuss what flights you should book.

Entebbe Airport is the ‘hub’ for Ugandan air travel.

Kampala sees more business and freight air traffic.

Many flights to other African cities are available from here, and many connecting via Nairobi.

Based on your itinerary, we will discuss what flights you should book.

There are two major airports; one in Dar es Salaam, Julius Nyerere International Airport and one in Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro International Airport, JRO, which is halfway between Arusha and Moshi.

JRO (Mt Kilimanjaro International Airport) has regular inbound flights with KLM into JRO and Dar es Salaam.

Tanzania is served Internationally from:

Europe by;

KLM Royal Dutch Airline
British Airways
Swiss International Air Lines

Middle East and Asia by;

Qatar Airways
Air India

Africa by;

South African Airways
Ethiopian Airlines
Kenya Airways
Carriers originating from Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe also maintain regular flights to Dar es Salaam

And Domestically by;

Air Tanzania
Precision Air
Coastal Aviation
Regional Air provides almost daily service to all major cities, including Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Mwanza, Mbeya, Zanzibar, and most national parks.
*Domestic flights are often late but generally reliable.

Based on your itinerary, we will discuss what flights you should book.

South Africa has 10 international airports, the two major ones are Cape Town International and OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.  Durban International Airport is the third biggest airport.

Regular Flights from and to: Blantyre, Cairo, Gaborone, Dar es Salaam, Harare, Lilongwe, Livingstone, Luanda, Lusaka, Kinshasa, Maputo, Manzini, Maun, Mauritius, Nairobi, Victoria Falls, Windhoek and Madagascar are available.

Direct flights also arrive from major European centers, including: Amsterdam, Athens, Madrid, London, Paris, Istanbul, Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich and Lisbon. There are also direct flights from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha, New York, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Buenos Aires, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Sydney and Perth.

Based on your itinerary, we will discuss what flights you should book.

There are direct international flights into Kigali, Rwanda from Brussels.

There are also daily flights from Entebbe airport in Uganda, Johannesburg in South Africa, Mt Kilimamjaro in Tanzania and Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.

Additionally, there are connections twice a day from Nairobi, Kenya and several flights a week to Bujumbura in Burundi.

Most clients going for Gorilla trekking will fly from Nairobi or from Mt Kilimanjaro to Kigali, there is also a service that collects people from the Serengeti via Migori for passport control, onward to Kigali.

Based on your itinerary, we will discuss what flights you should book.

Hosea Kutako International Airport, located 45 minutes east of Windhoek, is the main entry point for air traffic.

Air Namibia operates flights from Frankfurt, London, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Victoria Falls and sometimes Maun to the international airport.

Flights from Cape Town are available. South African Airways and no-frills Kulula dot com operate flights daily.

Based on your itinerary, we will discuss what flights you should book.

Most international flights arrive into Mozambique from South Africa, although direct international routes also exist between Mozambique and Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya and Portugal.

There are several flights daily from Johannesburg to Maputo, operated by South African Airways (SAA) and the Mozambican Linhas Aereas de Moçambique.

There are several flights during the week from Johannesburg, Dar es Salaam, and Nairobi to Pemba in the North, operated by South African Airlink (SAA).

Based on your itinerary, we will discuss what flights you should book.

Malawi’s largest international airport is in Lilongwe, although there are also some flights from Blantyre to regional destinations and to/from Johannesburg in South Africa. Most travelers connect via Johannesburg (South Africa) or Nairobi (Kenya). Air Malawi claims to be “Africa’s Friendliest Airline”, but its limited network covers only nearby countries plus the Middle Eastern ‘hub’ Dubai.

KLM do have direct flights to Lilongwe, or with stops via Nairobi for example.  If your destination is Malawi, certainly check out closely what KLM are presently offering.  To fly all the way to Johannesburg and then back north again to Malawi, does not make much sense, especially if you can avoid it.

Getting to Madagascar, a country off the South East coast of Africa requires most travelers to fly into Johannesburg, South Africa, where flights depart frequently each week.  Other options can include;

From Europe with Air Madagascar, Air France or Corsair from Paris to Antananarivo.  Air Madagascar also flies from Milan to Antananarivo and Nosy Be (a small island off the North of Madagascar).

Air Austral (french) operates flights to Madagascar from Paris.

Travelers from the east typically fly using links from Air Mauritius, however, Air Madagascar has a twice weekly service from Bangkok to Antananarivo.

Air Madagascar also operates a weekly service between Nairobi and Antananarivo.

Flights from Johannesburg, South Africa, using Air Madagascar code shared with SA Airlink Flights run 6 days a week.

Jackson’s African safaris finds Nairobi international Airport to be one of the most ‘colorful’ airports, a wonderful diversity of cultures flying throughout Africa and the world are all seen here.

Nairobi international airport in Kenya is considered the ‘hub’ for international flights for east Africa. Anyone flying into East Africa, with perhaps the exception of those flying directly into Tanzania, Nairobi is most likely your first port of call. Most international carriers throughout the world will have Nairobi on their scheduled flights or at a minimum alliances with other airlines.

Kenya Airways (KQ) is the national airline. Kenya has three International airports:

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport – Nairobi
Moi International Airport – Mombasa (on the coast)
Eldoret International Airport – Eldoret

Most ‘safari’ clients use the domestic Wilson Airport for flights into the Mara, Amboseli and to the coast.  Wilson is just outside of Nairobi.