I am trying to decide on flights.
Want to check the forum members if arriving at JRO at 2am from Istanbul will be a challenge for a first time solo traveler?
Could be but shouldn't be. I would book into KIA lodge/hotel right near the airport and ask them to pick you up.
This might not be much help, but I've just arranged flights for 2 of us arriving in Nairobi from Dubai and wanted a flight that arrived during the day. I think we arrive in late afternoon. I personally would be cautious about arriving in the middle of the night.......but maybe you don't have another option.
We'll stay a night in Nairobi and get a bus the next morning to Arusha.
Shouldn't be an issue at all. My friend and I arrived at about 3am (from Addis Ababa after more than 24 hours of travel) and a driver from our tour operator was there waiting for us. Although It had been suggested that we stay close to the airport, we elected to stay at Arumeru (15 or so minute drive from the airport) and that was just perfect - spacious and beautifully landscaped grounds, the perfect spot to refresh and prepare for our safari.
If you have someone there to pick you up, it shouldn't matter whether you arrive n the middle of the night or the middle of the day.
I agree. An airport is still an airport whatever time you land there. It could be quieter so Immigraton less crowded (after IST that would be a relief)
Subject to having a pre-aranged meet/pick up you will be OK. KIA is a safe bet.
Though the Turkish Air price is more than tempting, it's standard worldwide hotel procedure to charge an extra nite fee (i.e., late arrival) to assure a room is available for you. Likewise if departing with TK at 3:30am, a late departure fee by hotel. Those two can eat up whatever savings on the air fare.
If you still go with TK, just arrange thru tour operator or hotel for meet/greet and transfer.Edited: 13 March 2013, 16:16
With respect to 4sandi's post, I note that we had to pay 1/2 night fee (which we thought was acceptable) based upon our 3-4am arrival at Arumeru. But with our frequent flyer ticket, we didn't have the luxury of choices.
I don't let such things worry me. If I want a room I take one. Whether I drop into bed at 21.00 or 03.30 next morning is not a problem. I get a sleep, rise when inclined and get fed a decent breakfast. The early dparture means a 3 hour check in so midnight drive to airport. Treat it as a late night on the toot and hang the bed!
Just a heads-up, for those who book based on keeping their costs down, not to be surprised when they incur unexpected charges. Do your due diligence.
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