We have booked a safari that starts in Nairobi, Kenya and ends in Tanzania. I was originally scheduled for this year, but due to COVID-19 was postponed for July 2021.
I have been checking airfares from our home in Georgia as well as from Atlanta.
When I run the round trip from Atlanta to Nairobi, the fare is $1100 +
When I run the multi flight, open jaw from Atlanta to Nairobi and returning from JRO (Kilimanjaro airport) in Tanzania, the cost runs $1600+ that includes a 9 hour layover in Amsterdam, or a better, shorter layover in Paris or Amsterdam for 3 hours at $2000+.
I can purchase a separate one-way flight from JRO to Nairobi for less than $200, but it would be on a separate ticket and if the flight was late, missing our big flight home would be a disaster. Not sure why the huge cost difference.
We could book the return flight to the USA home on the next day that would give us lots of time to get to Nairobi. We could even take a bus for $40 each, but the trip is 7 hours. We would have to pay a night for a hotel in Nairobi, but that would be in the range of $250.
We won't purchase the tickets until next year, when we have a handle on having a COVID-19 vaccine, so perhaps the cost difference will change.
Still, looking for opinions on the best choice if the price differential is unchanged.