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Lake Manyara airport | Manyara Airstrip

Lake Manyara airport | Manyara Airstrip

Lake Manyara airport:

Lake Manyara Airport (Lake Manyara airstrip)  is an airport serving the Lake Manyara National Park in the Arusha Region of Tanzania.There are flights from Arusha and the Serengeti to Manyara’s airstrip, but the trip from Arusha on the tarred road only takes 1½ hours by car.Coming from the Ngorongoro Crater, the driving time is about two hours to cover the 80km/50mi.

From Manyara airport is possible to reach the Ngorongoro crater, located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in this northern area of Tanzania. The Ngorongoro Crater was formed when a large volcano erupted and collapsed on itself. This explosion created a caldera approximately two and a half million years ago. The crater is home to the “big 5” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino).

At present, there are 4 domestic flights from Lake Manyara.The longest flight from Lake Manyara LKY is a 139 mile (223 km) non-stop route to Grumeti GTZ. This direct flight takes around 35 minutes and is operated by Coastal Aviation.

Airlines flying from Lake Manyara

In total there are 3 airlines flying from and to Lake Manyara. Those carriers are:

  • #1. Coastal Aviation (CQ)4 destinations
  • #2. Regional Air (8N)4 destinations
  • #3. Air Excel (XLL)3 destinations
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Popular destinations from Lake Manyara


Below you can find a list of the most popular destinations from Lake Manyara, based on the number of scheduled flights for this month.

Alternative airports near Lake Manyara


Below you can find a list of alternative airports to Lake Manyara (LKY). The nearest airports to Lake Manyara (LKY) are Arusha (ARK) and Kilimanjaro (JRO).

ARK – ArushaTanzania – 56 mi / 90 km
JRO – KilimanjaroTanzania – 87 mi / 140 km
SEU – SeroneraTanzania – 94 mi / 151 km
ASV – Amboseli National Park Kenya – 111 mi / 179 km

Lake Manyara Aistrip Map & FAQ

Kilimanjaro International is serviced by a number of international airline carriers, including Qatar Airways, Kenya Airways, Rwanda Airways, KLM, Turkish Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines. Subject to availability, it is possible to board a flight connecting to Manyara Airstrip directly from Kilimanjaro International for international flight arrivals before 12:00 noon. 

The flight time from Kilimajaro International to Manyara Airstrip is approximately forty five minutes. For international flight arrivals before 10:15am, there is also the option of a one hour land transfer to Arusha Airport, from where you may board a connecting flight to Manyara at 1:00pm. 

Should your international flight arrival time not allow for a same-day connecting flight to Manyara Airstrip, we would be happy to assist you with making airport transfer and overnight accommodation arrangements in Arusha. Just a short distance from Arusha Airport, a selection of luxurious accommodations offer the opportunity to relax into your holiday experience before catching your next flight to Manyara airstrip and check in at your preferred Lodge the next day.   

Jomo Kenyatta International airport, in Nairobi, Kenya (NBO), also offers numerous connections throughout the day to Kilimanjaro International airport (JRO).  Jomo Kenyatta International is serviced by a number of international airline carriers, including British Airways, Air France, United Airlines, Qantas, Cathay Pacific, American Airlines, Delta, Lufthansa, Ethiopian Airlines and Etihad.

Jomo Kenyatta International airport, in Nairobi, Kenya (NBO), offers a wide number of international flight connections and from there, you may transit on to Tanzania via numerous connections throughout the day to Kilimanjaro International airport (JRO).

 If your international flight lands into Nairobi before 7:00 am, you may have the option to connect onto a flight to Lake Manyara airstrip or you can board a short flight to Kilimanjaro International to connect on to Manyara Airstrip on the same day (listed above).  

For arrivals into Nairobi later in the day, it is possible to board a late afternoon flight to Kilimanjaro International, from where our Safari Advisors would be happy to assist you with making airport transfer and overnight accommodation arrangements in Arusha. Alternatively, you may choose to stay the night in Nairobi and board the early morning flight to Kilimanjaro International to connect onwards to Manyara Airstrip. 

If your international flight arrives into Nairobi by early afternoon, there is also the option to charter a private flight directly to Lake Manyara the same day (see Charter Flights below).

Several daily flights to Lake Manyara are offered from Arusha Airport by a choice of local airlines, with the latest departure time currently scheduled at 1:00 pm. The direct flight time between Arusha Airport and Lake Manyara Airstrip is approximately 30 minutes.

Julius Nyerere International is serviced by a number of international airline carriers, including Emirates, British Airways, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Swiss, South African Airlines and KLM. For international flight arrivals before 7.30am, it is possible to board a connecting flight to Lake Manyara Airstrip from the airport’s domestic terminal (five minute taxi ride from the international terminal), with a flight time of approximately two hours. Alternatively, connecting domestic flights are available to Kilimanjaro International (listed above).

YES! A choice of private charter aircraft are also available for all of the above mentioned flight routes to allow direct connections to Lake Manyara Airstrip without any other stops en route. Charter flights offer the comfort of a private, pressurized cabin, no weight restriction for luggage and may land at Lake Manyara Airstrip any time during daylight hours (sunset falls between 6:30 pm and 7:00 pm seasonally). Please contact our Safari Advisors for more details.

Local airlines include Air Excel, Coastal Aviation, Regional Air, Auric Air and Flightlink . These airlines use Cessna Grand Caravans or similar aircraft, which carry 9 to 13 passengers. Luggage is restricted to 15 kg per passenger and must be carried in soft sided bags or suitcases (no hard shell cases).

As Safari advisors we will take care of your entire trip arrangements from booking your domestic flight to ground transfers our safari advisors are available seven days a week to help you best plan the arrival and departure details of your Safari holiday. It will be our pleasure to offer expert advice and booking for any domestic flights and ground transfer arrangements. Kindly call: +255 759 694 668 or email info@serengetitrips.com for any assistance you may require in planning your exciting safari adventure.

Lake Manyara National Park, Is located in northern part of Tanzania, most of the Lodges and camps in that area are 45-minutes drive from the Manyara Airstrip lodges and camps that use this airstrip are:  Neptune Ngorongoro LodgeKilima Moja Lodge Lake ManyaraNgorongoro crater Lodgelake Manyara Tree lodgeMelia Ngorongoro LodgeGibbs farm House and Highlands Asilia Lodge.