Rwanda information

Flights to Rwanda

Most of our travellers book their flights to Rwanda with us, as we have brilliant flights rates. If you would rather arrange your own flights, or plan to book with air-miles, then feel free to do so. If you arrange your flights to Rwanda, we will gladly make the ground arrangements for you.

Starting from London

The easiest and most direct way to reach Rwanda is to fly from London to Nairobi, in Kenya, and then connect through to Kigali, in Rwanda. Kenya Airways has an overnight flight to Nairobi which departs London Heathrow every evening, arriving in Nairobi typically around 06:30 in the morning. This then connects directly to an onward Kenya Airways flight to Kigali generally arriving there at about 10:30.

Another alternative is to fly from London to Nairobi and then connect through to Kigali. British Airways daytime flights to Nairobi depart London Heathrow every morning, arriving in Nairobi typically around 20:55 in the evening.

After an overnight stop in Nairobi (often we'll recommend Macushla House), you can make connections with a Kenya Airways flight to Kigali the following morning. These usually depart at 7:45am, arriving in Kigali around 8:10am. There are also often later flights: one departing at 12:30pm, the other one leaving late in the evening, around 22:15pm.

On arrival at the airport in Kigali, you'll be met by your guide, who will stay with you for the whole duration of your trip. From Kigali, all of our lodges are reached by road transport, including those in Volcanoes National Park, on the shore of Lake Kivu, and in Nyungwe Forest.

Alternatively, if your coming from a safari holiday in Namibia or Botswana, you can fly from Jo'burg to Nairobi with South African Airways, and then connect through to Kigali with Kenya Airways – after an overnight stop in Nairobi.

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Starting from the USA

Starting from the United States of America, your have choices to make about your flights to Rwanda. In broad terms speaking, your two options are:

1) You arrange your return flights USA -> London and London -> USA.
Expert Africa arranges for you the London -> Rwanda and Rwanda -> London flights and transfers.

This makes sense, as we have great rates on the flights to Africa. We can also utilise low add-on rates for internal flights within the African continent, linked to your international flight ticket. However, make sure you have enough time to connect to your flight to Africa in London.

2) You organise your flights USA -> Rwanda and Rwanda -> USA, e.g. via London, and tell us about your flight times and carriers.
Expert Africa arranges your travels in Rwanda for you, including any road transfers.

This makes sense if you are flying direct from the USA – for example on the service linking Atlanta and Jo'burg. If you choose to arrange your own intercontinental flights via South Africa, then it's best if you also book any connecting flights at the same time, using the same people who organise your intercontinental flight for you (eg: links between Johannesburg and Nairobi, or between Nairobi and Kigali).

This way you minimise the risk of one flight being cancelled or delayed, and you being left with two not connecting flights.