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The trip from North America to Mt. Kilimanjaro is an adventure in itself. Given the distances involved, the only viable option to get here is by airplane.

Tusker guides Mel Kaida and Eddie Frank at the airport

There are no direct flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) from North America or Canada. So you’ll need to catch at least one connecting flight to make it there. Fortunately, there are a number of options available, so you’ll have the flexibility to choose a travel itinerary that best suits your needs.

For most people, the most convenient way to travel is by flying from North America to Amsterdam. Amsterdam is considered the European gateway to Mt. Kilimanjaro and has daily flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport via KLM/Delta.

The flight time from North America to Amsterdam is between 7-10 hours, depending on which coast you’re flying from. The flight from Amsterdam to Kilimanjaro is approximately 8 hours. Depending on your connecting flights and layover times, the journey could be 24 hours or more.

If the KLM/Delta route through Amsterdam doesn’t work well for you, there are ways to reach Kilimanjaro International Airport from North America. Other cities that have international airports with direct flights into Kilimanjaro include Nairobi in neighboring Kenya, Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, Istanbul in Turkey, and Doha in Qatar.

Flying through one of these airports gives you extra flexibility in terms of times, airlines and price, but they also often involve more connecting flights and longer total travel time. It’s usually less of a hassle and makes more sense to fly the KLM/Delta route via Amsterdam if you’re traveling from North America. Use our Kilimanjaro Climbing Dates, Routes and Pricing to start planning your adventure.

Nathan at the summit of Kilimanjaro

When you finally arrive into Tanzania, you won’t regret the long travel time – especially when you’re on top of Mt Kilimanjaro taking in the spectacular views and savoring your incredible accomplishment!

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  • Mike Richard
    February 5, 2015

    Thanks for the advice! You should mentioned that booking in advance can generate great saving. Per exemple, for our trip in January 2016, departure from Montreal, round trip is currently around 1,900$ for 2 persons, taxes included with KLM!


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