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Best way to get to Tanzania from LAX

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Best way to get to Tanzania from LAX

Anybody know the main routes from LAX or JFK to Tanzania, I'm planing a trip there and wondering if I should go through west africa Ghana/Mali on to Tanzania or fly to Amsterdam or elsewhere in Europe 1st.I would like to break up my trip by stoping over in 1 or 2 of these places for a few days, preferably Mali,then Ghana, but open to other destinations in Europe.

Thanks in advance

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1. Re: Best way to get to Tanzania from LAX

KLM flies from LAX to JRO (Kilimanjaro) direct with one stopover in Amsterdam. I flew the same route from JFK and will do it again in December from EWR. JRO is the closest airport in Tanzania to Arusha and the parks of the Northern Circuit.

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Well, a lot depends on what you regard as "best". To many people, an opportunity to see one of Europe's finest cities (and airports) would be reason enough to go there.

To others, West Africa can conjure up some negative images.

But either would provide a memorable stopover.

You can also fly via London, Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Dubai.... and so on.

Flights within Africa tend to be expensive per mile, as passenger numbers are very low compared to North America and Europe.

So going from west to east Africa, could well be very expensive compared to longer flights from Europe.

But then, cost isn't everything, and the culture in African cities will be totally different from European capitals.

So it comes back to what you value as "best".....?

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3. Re: Best way to get to Tanzania from LAX

Flying into West Africa you can do, and you can get to Tanzania from there, however, it will not be easy and it will be costly. INtra African flights are not inexpensive.

I would also advise you to check out Mali for security. It is a very insecure place. I was there over a year ago as an advance person for a group which was coming to several West African countries. Since that time there has been a coup d'état with a military overthrow of the government, and this was as recent as March 2012. You need to be very cautious when there, especially in the Northern part of the country.

When trying to make flight schedules for West Africa to East Africa you will probably need to go through Nairobi Kenya.

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4. Re: Best way to get to Tanzania from LAX

If you want to stop in West Africa before arriving TNZ, when on an airline search site, select 'multi-city' and enter from/to for each segment. Response will indicate which airlines fly, when, time, price. Then you'll have an idea of what's doable.

Example - assume from JFK and return

JFK/West African city code

West African city-airport code/JRO (airport code for TNZ)


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