Flight Serengeti - Amboselli

Jul 22nd, 2004, 12:23 PM
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Flight Serengeti - Amboselli

Rather than driving from Serengetti - Arusha overnight in Arusha and then on to Amboselli the next day does anyone have an ides of how much a flight from Serengeti to Amboselli would be?

Thanks in advance

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Jul 22nd, 2004, 03:37 PM
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There are scheduled flights from Arusha to Seronera (located at about the center of the Serengeti) and return daily. The fare runs approx. $160+ one way.

Flight time in the morning is at approximately 11:15am with a stop at Lk.Manyara then onto Arusha, arriving approximately 12:20pm. The afternoon flight would be too late for you to arrive at Arusha and then drive to Amboseli in daylight.

Depending on where you will be located in the Serengeti, you would have to get to the Seronera airstrip. If you happen to be out near the Grumeti, or Klein's Camp airstrips, arrangements are on an as need basis and cost about $180+ and $200+, one way, respectively.

There are no flights from the Serengeti (in Tanzania) to Amboseli (in Kenya) unless you arrange for a private charter - mucho $$$$!

So you will have make arrangements for the drive from Arusha to Amboseli.
Jul 22nd, 2004, 05:58 PM
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>There are no flights from the Serengeti (in Tanzania) to Amboseli (in Kenya) unless you arrange for a private charter - mucho $$$$!

Actually, even a bunch of dinero won't work because I don't believe Amboseli is an international airport. So any flight would first have to go to Kenyatta or Wilson airport first, pass immigration and customs and then take off again for Amboseli.
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Jul 23rd, 2004, 12:46 AM
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Precision Air operates a flight from Seronera to Arusha - leaves at 9 AM and gets in to Arusha by 10 AM. I took this flight last week, though it was delayed by 1hr. Cost was USD 125 plus taxes.

From Arusha to Namanga is 1.5 hrs; budget 30 mins for immigration at Namanga; from Namanga to Amboseli is about 1.5 hrs again.

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Jul 23rd, 2004, 06:14 AM
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NoFlyZone - you're absolutely correct, I just wanted to let jules39 know that that he was trying to accomplish wouldn't be easy, but thanks for the immigration/border crossing detail when traveling between these seemingly "neighbor" countries, even by air.

freddy123 - that flight isn't even listed on their schedule, nice to know, and a good price, at that. Bye the way, we've heard that the road to Amboseli has been recently graded and improved (JanGoss) - Please tell us there are no longer those horrible ruts. Thanks.
Jul 26th, 2004, 05:20 AM
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My tour operator (Tanzania Serengeti Adventures) booked us on the Precision Air flight. I didn't even check schedules. Flight flew in from the Kirawira Camp, picked us up at Seronera and dropped us off at Arusha, and then went onward to Kili - they may have it listed under Kirawira - Kili perhaps?
Basically jules could just ask her operator to check out if this booking is available.

Re Nairobi - Amboseli by road, the road upto Namanga was the standard Nairobi - Arusha highway, which was pretty decent. We turned off at Namanga to Amboseli - this was a dirt track, but on the whole was better than the Rift-Valley to Mara road, though very dusty. Can't recall too many ruts / potholes.

The best road we encountered was Arusha - Ngorongoro; we just zipped by. We were told this was a recent improvement - apparently the earlier stretch through Mto Wa Mbu / Manyara was quite bad.
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Jul 26th, 2004, 06:37 AM
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freddy123 - glad to hear that the road from Namanga to Amboseli has indeed been graded. It was once a whole lot of ruts and boulders and a poor example (difficult on the butt and vehicle) of what some might call a road. And yes, at one time the road from the turnoff to Lake Manyara into the Ngorongoro area was pretty bad also - glad that has finally been paved.

As to the flight - those from places like Kirawira, Grumeti and Klein's aren't regularly scheduled, but on an "as needed basis" that's why I was surprised with an early pick up from Seronera; but makes sense if they were coming in from Kirawira to pick-up anyone who needed one from Seronera.

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