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FLIGHT REVIEW: RwandAir: Dubai -Johannesburg-Kigali



We recently flew RwandAir from Dubai to Johannesburg via Kigali. The price we paid was less than half the cost of flights by other airlines.


We booked on the internet and then phoned their Dubai office about baggage allowances. They gave us each 40 kg in economy class. To enter Rwanda and South Africa you must have a yellow fever vaccination certificate.


The flight left Dubai on time and we were served a decent breakfast. It was a Boeing 737 aircraft with seating 3-3. Unfortunately, there was no inflight entertainment which I knew about in advance so I had papers and magazines. The flight took about 5 hours.


At Kigali, there was a six-hour stopover so we paid $25 to use the lounge which was fine – drinks, sandwiches, and wi-fi. The flight to Johannesburg left on time. Again no entertainment but a choice of main courses, chicken or beef. The flight was full.


On the return flight, we had an 8-hour stopover which gave us time to leave the airport and have a tour around Kigali, by taxi, which we picked up at the airport. We bargained at the airport and got the tour for $50.


Depending on your nationality you may need a transit visa which you organize in advance on the internet and costs $30 and which you pay for at the airport. Return flights were on time.


We were happy with the service on RwandAir and would definitely choose them again. We were able to spend the savings on some nice South African artwork!


Reviewed by Longton, UAE on tripadvisor.co.za.

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