All will go via Europe for connection to Kilimanjaro/JRO in Tanzania. However, often fares are lower into Nairobi/NBO Kenya, from where you can in the same ticket get a 1/hr connecting flight to JRO. Or you can take Shuttle Bus (5/hrs) to Arusha.
Ethiopian Air, out of Dulles/IAD (suburbs of Wash DC) does have flight via Addis Ababa/ADD to JRO, with fares usually lower than other major carriers.
We're flying from Victoria to Arusha in February 2012. Best deal was about $1900 Can. Vic to Calgary on Westjet, then KLM to Amsterdam then on th Arusha. All flights are during the night so no need to stay overnight in hotels while in transit...sleep during flight, hopefully.
They have the best fares of any airline I could find. It's a bit of a grind via Dohar but the nearly $1900.00 I saved over any other airline gives me a nice discount on my trip to Katavi/Mahale. You can also go to http:/www.matrix.itasoftware.com for a better breakdown of fares than any other online site, including Kayak, Expedia etc.
Decide whether cost or convenience is of most import. I'm not fond of several night flights in a row, myself. I was going to recommend KLM and try to fit in an o/n in Amsterdam for a head start on the jetlag issue. Qatar is cheaper, but I'm not sure it goes to Arusha. It goes to Dar el Salaam then you have to get to Arusha.
Hi ~ thanks for the hint ~ I checked it out and they are a great deal and Qatar gets good reviews. I assume you are flying into Dar Es Salaam ~ how are you getting to Arusha? We are looking into a stopover in Doha to break up the trip and have a look.
We're not going to Arusha. After landing in Dar we're having a 3 day break on Zanzibar then flying from there to Selous, Ruaha,Katavi and Mahale then back to Zanzibar for a few days. The Dar flight worked out best for our southern/western itinerary. If the Dar flight doesn't work for you re: costs to Arusha you can always fly to Nairobi and take a shuttle overland. Apparently with many of Qatars stopovers there's enough time between flights to tour Doha.
Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to arrange a stopover in Amsterdam en-route. We flew KLM to Dar from Toronto approximately 6 weeks ago and spent 3 days in Amsterdam (KLM charged $80 CDN). It breaks up the flights and is an excellent way to sneak a short European holiday into the itinerary.
Have a great time n Tanzania!!!
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