Tanzania & Rwanda Feb 2007
First of all sorry for the lateness of this. Secondly it is likely that this may be one of the worst reports you will read in a long time. I am not good at putting it all down in words but am more than happy to elaborate on anything and answer any questions. Thirdly and by no means least, THANK YOU to all you helped me out here.
Flights; Outbound ; LAX-AMS-JRO all on KLM with a one night stopover in AMS. We like the direct LAX AMS flight which does not connect with the JRO flight but does give us a chance to break the journey before getting to Tanzania.
From Arusha to Kigali we took the Rwanda Air express flight which is direct to Kigali on the day we flew (Friday)
Homebound: Kigali – NBO –AMS- LAX. I have to say I was surprised when this group of flights went off without a hitch but with layovers that were far too long. When we checked in in Kigali the Rwanda Air express person carefully hand wrote out our baggage label for all the above flights and one more on to our final US destination after LAX. I thought at the time that I would be surprised if our bags made the trip! But with nothing of any real value in them I wasn’t too worried! I thought the whole thing would be compounded by an 6 hour layover in NBO and an 8 hour layover in AMS. But the bags arrived and then even Delta managed to get them to our final destination after clearing customs in LAX! Yes the layovers in NBO & AMS were long and we had been dreading them but they were not as bad as they could have been. In NBO we went to the KLM lounge (we were flying cattle class all the way) and ended up spending the whole time chatting to a Scottish man who spends months a year in Malawi doing volunteer engineering work since he has retired from his “real” work. It was great to talk with him.
In AMS we were able to get seats in the comfort recliner seats. (the transit hotel was full) Surprisingly we both got a pretty good rest there and with a shower also did not feel too bad at all when it was time to board the next flight! I think it helped that we arrived at 530am so the airport was quiet.
I booked the KLM flights online through NWA. The Rwanda Air Express flight was booked for us by the agent handling our gorilla tracking. They booked the tickets and then FedEx’ed the tickets to us. All worked out perfectly.
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