#AfriTravel: Flights to Tanzania will get more expensive with new security levy

2018-09-20 11:00 - Gabi Zietsman
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African sunset of the Ruaha River in Tanzania (Photo: Gabi Zietsman)

The Tanzania Airport Authority (TAA) will be adding another airport levy onto flights from 1 October to fund security improvements at the country's airports. 

The Citizen reports that the fee will be different for local and international arrivals - Sh5 000 (about R30 at Sh158,13/R) for domestic and $5 (about R72 at R14,45/$) for international flights.

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While international passenger may not feel the increase as much, airlines will have to pay the levy on behalf of their customers for flights after the implementation date that's been booked ahead of time. 

The new levy is earmarked for security improvements, including buying modern metal detectors, and while the Tanzania Air Operators Association (TAOA) told The Citizen they are happy with the fee, they are concerned about the lack of time given to airlines to adjust their ticket prices to include the new levy.

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Currently, departure taxes on aircraft in Tanzania is Sh13 000 (about R82) for domestic and $49 (about R707) for international, passenger service charges are Sh10 000 (about R63) and $40 (about R577) respectively, and landing charges are levied at $5 (about R72) for every 1000kg of an aircraft's weight.

Earlier this year stamp duty on air tickets at Zanzibar was dropped to make air tickets cheaper.

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But if the increase in ticket prices doesn't dissuade you to explore more of southern Africa, Tanzania is a beautiful place to visit, with these top attractions:

Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, is an icon in its own right. Many aspiring adventurers aim to summit the highest free-standing mountain in the world but this is not something to be taken lightly or to be done on your own. 

Climbing Kilimanjaro provides detailed itineraries, route maps and itineraries tracking all the major routes, including "the Arrow Glacier, the Lemosho, Machame, Marangu, Mweka (only used for descending), the Rongai (Nalemoru), Shira (predominantly used for evacuation) and Umbwe routes." Click here for more info. 

Serengeti National Park 

The Serengeti National Park is unmatched when it comes to the annual migration of over 1.5 million white-bearded wildebeest and 250 000 zebra across the Serengeti ecosystem in the Mara and Simiyu regions.  The area is also famous for its numerous Nile crocodile and honey badger. 

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Zanzibar Beaches

Zanzibar is comprised of an archipelago of islands set off Tanzania. Two bigger islands (Pemba and Unguja) dominate the landscape with many smaller islands dotted around them. The biggest one of the lot, Unguja is generally what people refer to when they say they’ve been to Zanzibar and that’s where we went. 

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Located in the northern part of the country, this is a long-extinct volcano crater that offers up spectacular wildlife experiences. Well-organised great migration itineraries will see your journey across the Great Rift Valley and through the Crater Forest and over the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. 

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Pemba Island 

A three-and-a-half hour flight from Johannesburg, allows you to enjoy pristine beaches and landscapes dotted with baobab trees - not to mention miles and miles of the azure Indian Ocean as far as the eyes can see.    

Stone Town 

A drive through the city centre, Stone Town, presents an unfortunate picture of dilapidated buildings aged aggressively over time but still rich with culture; and with local businesses offering paintings by local artists, traditional outfits, spices and the usual ‘tourist’ fare like t-shirts and sarongs.  

PICS: Zanzibar's 'greenest' hotel welcomes eco-conscious tourists 

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