Rwanda information

Flights to Rwanda

Most of our travellers book their flights to Rwanda with us. 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 way to reach Rwanda from the UK is flying with, RwandAir who have a direct flight from London Gatwick to Kigali - though the flight does stop down in Brussels, you do not need to disembark. This flight currently flies three days per week, though the airline plans to add more routes.

Alternatively it is possible to fly from London Heathrow 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. It is also possible to fly with British Airways which arrives in Nairobi at about 21:00. We can organise for a stay at an economical airport hotel and then onwards travel the following morning to Kigali.

Alternatively, if you're 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. Rwandair have direct flights from Lusaka in Zambia, and Harare in Zimbabwe, through to Kigali.

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.

Starting from the USA

Starting from the United States of America, you have two main options for travelling to Rwanda:

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.

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 non-connecting flights.

RwandAir have plans for a direct New York to Kigali flight in 2019.

Flights to the rest of Africa

For more information on flights, please see our webpage on International flights to Africa.

Click on the links below to read specific information about flights to each of our other African destinations:

Flights to Botswana
Flights to Malawi
Flights to Mozambique
Flights to Namibia
Flights to Seychelles
Flights to South Africa
Flights to Tanzania
Flights to Zambia
Flights to Zanzibar
Flights to Zimbabwe