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Topic: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: gabrielchew
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Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. From Rwanda to Zanzibar in C

Hello, and welcome to Part 3 of my African series. [url=www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/trip_reports/read.main/208170/]Part 2[/url] left off at Kigali Airport in Rwanda where I had just arrived from Burundi on South African Airlines. Part 3 will cover my Ethiopian Airlines flights from Kigali to Addis Ababa via Entebbe then Addis Ababa to Zanzibar via Dar es Salaam, both in Business.


And zoomed in a bit


To start from the very beginning though, you’ll have to check out Part 1 which explains what I’m doing.

The full map:


Since the last post, I finally booked a domestic hop from Zanzibar back to Dar es Salaam with Fly540. This flight will also get a ‘part’, so the next parts of the series will be:

Africa 4
Fly540, Zanzibar-Dar es Salaam, Economy CRJ

Africa 5
Swiss, Dar es Salaam-Nairobi-Zurich, First A333

Africa 6
Swiss, Zurich-Athens, Business A320
Aegean, Athens-Larnaca, Business A320

Africa 7
British Airways, Larnaca-London, Business B767

So, from the airport, it was a short drive into Kigali – not the most appealing of towns at first glance. The moniker “Pays des Milles Collines” (Country of a thousand hills) sums up the place well, as there are a LOT of hills. Along with the hills come inefficient car/motorbike engines, which fill the city with exhaust – not very nice. After a quick walk, I head back to the hotel, before an early night.


Next morning I’m awake but feeling really sick….not a good sign the day before my gorilla trekking. I think one of the tasty Burundian brochettes was a bit dodgy. I struggle (really struggle!) to the main bus station where I get a bus across to Musanze, not far from the National Park.
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Like I said earlier, the country is hilly. Very hilly, with steep winding roads. What happens when you are feeling really rough and spend a few hours being thrown around in a minibus…?Thank god I passed out after obvious/inevitable occurred. From Musanze I had to find the agent that booked my gorilla permit (Amahoro Tours for the record - thanks eastafspot for steering me in their direction and (unwittingly) helping me get a small discount), before finally making my way to the park entrance and my guesthouse, where I could finally slip into a peaceful coma for a few hours.
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View from the bungalow
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And my front door


After a long sleep (I think I managed about 15 hours straight that night), I was feeling much better the next morning (thank goodness). I breakfasted around 6 before walked across to the Park Headquarters where everyone lucky enough to have obtained a gorilla trekking permit would assemble and be put into groups. Some morning entertainment:
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My permit. This innocuous piece of paper set me back US$550! Permits are very limited, and are often sold out months in advance.
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Not being part of an organised group, and lacking a driver, I was a bit clueless where to go. Eventually I was assigned a group (4 Dutch and 2 Poles) and a guide for the trek. We would be going after the Amahoro group (18 gorillas I think).


Driving up to the start of the walk. If you don’t have your own driver/4x4 then you either have to hope to hitch a lift with someone that does, or pay $80 for your own. Luckily I hitched with the Polish couple
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Traditional house (on fire?)
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My walking stick
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Learning about Rwandan potatoes
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Our buffalo hunter


Locals
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Local bee hives
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Chameleons
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Soon we got into the forest and started our hunt
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Two hours after leaving the cars we found them. We were allowed an hour with them, and I took hundreds of photos – here is a small selection. Needless to say it was an amazing experience.
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With the excitement over, we walked back to the cars, and then drove back to get our certificates. Everyone else dispersed and I headed back to the Guesthouse where I was able to enjoy another afternoon (feeling a lot better this time). The next day I took a bus to Gisenyi on the side of Lake Kivu on the Congo border. My first attempts to find somewhere to lodge were fruitless so I ended up getting a taxi to the Serena Hotel. The initial room quote was $176, which was way more than I was happy to pay. After some extended bargaining, I managed to get the rate down to $110 including breakfast, which I was happy with. The hotel was really nice (nicer than I thought) with a private beach, and a lovely pool.
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A primus and a tasty mixed grill
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An after dinner performance
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The beach gave a perfect view of the arrivals and departures at Goma Airport, over the border on the Congo. There are far more movements over there than Gisenyi Airport.
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I did catch the one daily Rwandair flight into Gisenyi though – as the crow flies, this is a very short flight, but saves a lot of driving.
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Breakfast the next day


The public beach
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There are some very nice houses along the lake
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Lake Kivu is one of three limnic lakes – in layman’s terms there are lots of gases dissolved in the water/bed. Most of the times this isn’t an issue, however, if the gases are released then the town will be swamped in a cloud of chocking gas, suffocating everything. This happened at another liminc lake a few years ago in Cameroon. Scientists are working on ways to harness these gases before they kill again. Kind of scary being there knowing that at any time you could be suffocated – only happens every couple of thousand years though.
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The palm trees were all full of bats
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Hmmm, beach or the Congo?
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I thought about going over to Goma for lunch as the security situation seemed ok, but a visa was $285 – no thanks.
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Despite the hefty price tag, the Serena Hotel was full for my second night, so I moved to a cheaper hotel down the beach.
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After two relaxing nights in Gisneyi, I took a bus back to Kigali. I was planning on going to Kibuye for more lake time, but the road/transport was just too distressing! Back in Kigali I dumped by stuff back at the Isimbi Hotel and caught a motorbike taxi to the Kigali Genocide Memorial. The memorial was informative, and does what a genocide memorial is suppose to do. I was still unsure by the end what sparked everything off, but then again most of us would probably struggle coming up with a decent rationale for starting a genocide.
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An interesting section about other genocides. Armenia, Namibia, Germany, Cambodia…..so many


View from the memorial back towards Kigali
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Like I said before, plastic bags are banned in Rwanda, so everywhere gives out paper bags


Ethiopian Airlines (ET) offers online check from 48 hours in advance. I tried to check in for my KGL-ADD flight – I managed to get here before the system decided that I couldn’t allocate myself a seat. Each time I clicked on it said there was a problem. I eventually managed to get to the end before it said there had been an error. I tried it 3 times over the next few days, each time with an error.
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My last full day in Rwanda I did a day trip to Huye to see the National Museum, the best in the country
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Lunch at the local ‘Ibis’ hotel
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The drive back – Rwanda is very scenic, but you need your own vehicle to be able to stop and take proper photos
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Kigali Nyabugogo Bus station – more organised than it looks. I was impressed that all the buses ran to schedule
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On my last evening I paid a visit to the famous Hotel des Milles Collines, where hundreds of people were sheltered during the genocide, and motivation behind the film ‘Hotel Rwanda’ and ergo this trip. The rooms were a bit above my price range so dinner would have to suffice. I was a bit cheesed off when I paid as they converted everything from Rwandan Francs into Euros at an awful rate. I bought a beer in the happy hour, but ended up paying more than non-happy hour prices in real terms. If you go, make sure you can pay for everything in cash (including the room) or else they’ll take you for a ride.
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I saw this SN ad just outside the hotel
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The next morning I headed back to the airport for my ET flight up to Addis Ababa. For various reasons I arrived 3 hours 20 mins before the flight. I was prevented from going into the check in area, and was told it was open at T-3 hours, so went to the café and got a scoop of ice-cream with my remaining francs.
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At t-3 hours (1140) I went through security and into the check in area, where there was no sign of the ET desks - according to the ET website, the desk should open now. KQ was checking in for NBO, Air Uganda for EBB via BJM, and Rwandair for DXB via Mobassa, and a domestic flight.

KQ desk
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Rwandair


A sort of predesk for a flight (it wasn’t clear what they were doing)


I asked someone, and was told the desk would open at T- 2 hours 40 mins (1200). I waited a bit longer, and was joined by a weird French dude who kept telling me how he was going to check in 57 kg of bags without having to pay any excess (I didn’t stick around to see how it worked out for him). Finally at T- 2 hours 20 mins (1220) the desks opened. Interestingly, the C class desk just said C-9 on it (Cloud Nine, the bizarre banding for ETs business class) – wonder how many people know what it means at check in? Without much trouble I had one bag checked through to ZNZ, and my other just to ADD (I had a 15 hour overnight stop in ADD). Interestingly, the ZNZ had a normal tag, but the ADD one had a funny elastic tag.
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From check-in the only way to departures is up a big flight of stairs – no escalators or lifts here.


At the top was immigration, then the duty free area. I was planning on buying some gin and vodka on board as the prices were good – however, the prices were even better in KGL. 750ml Stolichnaya vodka for $5, 1 litre of Gordon’s gin for $13. Yes please!
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With my purchases, I went through another security scan, before finally being welcomed into the Pearl Lounge. This is a relatively new lounge, and has been done very nicely. Some passion fruit juice, a sandwich and an samosa.
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The only free booze is beer, which was brought over by a waiter with a tray and a smile


There were lots of sofas, and then some nice leather seats overlooking the tarmac. When I first arrived there were a few people waiting for the NBO flight, after they left I was on my own for a while before a few ADD pax arrived.
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Rwandair
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KQ boarding
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Security


Finally my plane arrived, a little behind schedule. The captain later announced that this was because of the Africa Union conference in Addis Ababa, with lots of VIP movements at ADD, causing delays for lots of ET flights.
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January 2012
Kigali (KGL) – Entebbe (EBB)
Ethiopian Airlines ET 810
Scheduled: 1440-1640 (1h00m)
Actual: 1512-1650 (0h38m)
Boeing 737-800 ET-ANA
Business

After a pleasant walk across the tarmac, I was greeted by a smiling FA. First impressions of the cabin were good, comfy seats, and decent legroom in row 1.
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Once everyone was aboard (6/16 in C) two FAs served pre flight drinks. One held a tray of OJ and water, the other (dressed in very nice traditional Ethiopian costume) poured champagne, and handed out coasters and napkins – very nicely done!
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A hot towel too!
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And magazines


The safety demo was quite long winded. It went into a lot of details, down to how to inflate the lifeboats – there were also some interesting details in the safety card.
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I hope everyone brought a big knife with them!
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In the seat pocket was a nice hotel style pack
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Magazine celebrating ET joining Star Alliance
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DND stickers


Writing paper
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Choices from the duty free – never seen the option to buy just one pack of cigarettes before (and only a $1!)
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Off we go half an hour late
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I wasn’t sure if just drinks or drinks and a small meal would be served – turned out it was drinks and some aviation snacks. The G&T was very strong – they do random pours rather than use miniatures.
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The aforementioned FA outfit. It seems only about 5% of the FAs wear this. On my ADD-ZNZ flight they were all earing the standard green uniform.
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It was quite cloudy and bumpy.
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I had deliberately sat on the right side to get views of Lake Victoria
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There wasn’t much action today at EBB. 3 pax disembarked, and around 70 joined us – C was filled up
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The Entebbe sign was covered by this Air Almaty bird
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Air Uganda (possible the one from KIG via BJM) joined us just as we were pulling out.
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With Air Almaty gone, the sign could be seen
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A motley assortment of planes on the tarmac.
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http://i129.photobucket.com/albu</font><p></TD></TR><TR><TD><FONT SIZE=2 FACE=ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva><b>Topic:</b> RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C<br><b>Username:</b> gabrielchew<br><font size=Posted 2012-02-05 00:09:43 and read 13445 times.

January 2012
Entebbe (EBB) – Addis Ababa (ADD)
Ethiopian Airlines ET 810
Scheduled: 1725-1935 (2h10m)
Actual: 1743-1924 (1h41m)
Boeing 737-800 ET-ANA
Business

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“I wandered lonely as a cloud…”
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A quick trip to the facilities revealed these – better (again) than SN


Once we had levelled off, menus were handed out (although they weren’t for keeping)
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And for the outbound ADD-EBB flight. I thought that these choices looked better. Never mind.
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View for dining
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I was impressed to see a proper trolley (not the mundane carts) be arranged with drinks (full sized bottles of spirits) and rolled into the cabin. A G&T and sparkling water for me
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About 10 minutes after the drinks, lunch appeared – I went with the chicken


I was encouraged to take 2 pieces of bread
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The main course wasn’t great. The chicken was a bit tough
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I found this on my Mp4, not sure where it came from, but was nice dining music!
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Ten minutes after the trays were cleared, the trolley was back with dessert and fruit
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Doesn’t look much but was a tasty – imagine a giant jaffa cake cake.
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They didn’t use the screens to show the map, just some rubbish US sitcoms. There were headphones in the pocket
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Tea before landing
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Landing card


Welcome to Ethiopia!
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I was very impressed by the flight – the staff (there were 3 just serving 16 C pax) worked the entire flight without a break. I wanted to buy some duty free, but they ran out of time.

We got a remote stand. At the bottom of the steps, we were sorted out into transit and ADD pax. Despite staying the night in ADD, I was told to join the transit pax. There weren’t many ADD pax. Once in the building, I headed for the transit hotel desk. I was asked why I wasn’t on the evening ZNZ flight (the one operated by a Dash with Y seating), but just said that my company booked it. The first desk didn’t have a hotel record of me, so I was sent to a different desk.
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The next desk took around 10 minutes to register my particulars, and I was given a transit visa card (I was worried I’d have to pay the $20 visa fee myself) and a hotel voucher. I was hoping for a nice hotel for C pax, and was rewarded with the word ‘Hilton’ on my hotel voucher. Excellent! Y pax get the Riviera Hotel. Next stop was the luggage office when I handed over my tag. After a 20 minute wait, my bag appeared (the flight arrived at T1, but I was processed in T2, hence the wait).
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I was also given my boarding pass for tomorrow. I was surprised to see ‘LH*G’ emblazoned on it seeing as I’m only *Silver. http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/africa2/CIMG1023.jpg

Once I had my bag, I had to wait in another ‘transit hotel pax’ area. Finally 75 minutes after first getting into the terminal, I was shepherded onto a bus with 2 other pax. Outside the airport were enormous crowds of people queuing to get in. They looked like locals (men, women, children and seniors), none with any bags. No idea what they were doing.
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After a short drive, we arrived at the Hilton. The hotel was still in ‘high alert’ mode – seems like the majority of the diplomats for the Africa Union thing were staying at the hotel. Impression of the hotel….old. The place looked like something out of the ‘80s. Very retro, but not in an ironic way. I’ve only stayed in one of the Hilton in Luxembourg, and I was also disappointed at how old the place felt. I guess in the 1980’s it felt plush and modern, but in 2012 it didn’t look good. My biggest gripe was with the lighting – as you walked in there was a switch for the cupboard light. Nothing for the main room. I had to feel my way in until I hit the desk, and then found the desk lamp. Who designed the lighting? Idiot. Clearly the expect everyone to only enter/leave the room during daylight hours.

Apparently there are big renovations works taking place ‘soon’, but the work is at least ten years overdue. If I hadn’t known it was a Hilton, I’d have said it was a tired no name 3*. Glad I didn’t pay to stay there myself. Trip Advisors rates it 21 of 51 hotels in Addis – not great. (The Riviera is rated 40/51) – obviously ET got some great deals! Still, thanks ET – you saved me enough money to phone home.
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Yes, the bedside table is about to fall off the wall.


I was given a dinner and breakfast voucher to be used at the buffet. It was Asian night at dinner. Breakfast was a typical 5* buffet – tasty!
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After a fitful night’s sleep, I was up at 0630. Lovely views from the balcony.
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I checked out, and was soon on the bus back to the airport.
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ETs Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Sudan, Djibouti, South Sudan, Burundi and domestic flights leave from the older T1. Upon entering the building there was a security check (everything into the machine, including shoes, despite my protestations)
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There was no queue at check in. I asked to move to seat 1A (to see the coast), which was met with a raised eyebrow, and “are you in business?”. Once that was confirmed, be printed out my boarding pass, tagged my bag, and gave me a lounge voucher.
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There was no queue at immigration, and in a few moments I was in the lounge. Nothing amazing on offer, but there was some hot food.
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A fruit salad
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The wait was quite long given the early pick up time. There was free wifi though
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Yes, the girl is being pushed around in a supermarket trolley
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FIDS. Final destinations
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And via destinations
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And in Amharic
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Before getting to the gate, there was another security check (shoes off again). Thankfully they weren’t interested in the water I borrowed from the lounge. There were only seats left in the sun, but thankfully the views were good
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After ten minutes in the lounge, we were told of a gate change, so off we went. If you can see through the reflection, you can see all these sofas/cushions on the floor – I guess for long transit pax?
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Boarding was already underway at the gate (obviously this wasn’t a last minute change, they were just holding us somewhere else)
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Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-02-05 00:11:05 and read 13443 times.

January 2012
Addis Ababa (ADD) – Dar es Salaam (DAR)
Ethiopian Airlines ET 805
Scheduled: 1030-1325 (2h55m)
Actual: 1037-1300 (2h23m)
Boeing 737-800 ET-AOB
Business

This time the seats were red. Also the TVs were drop down rather than wall mounted.
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Controls
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This flight was also full (in C at least). I was sat next to a large African guy, who seemed quite cheerful. Welcome drinks were served as before.
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And hot towels
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Menus were handed out before take off this time


Ha, the same menu ex-ADD as yesterday – I’d get to try what I wanted yesterday!
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The return menu is different though
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Looks like they’re extending the ramp
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Impressive line up. They’re only missing the 717 and 747 from current service. 787s coming soon! Have any airlines ordered/operated all of the 7X7 series? I guess quite a few are close, just missing the elusive 717.
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Gabon Airlines and the awful DIY paintjob of Safi Airways
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Rusting DC3s seem obligatory in Africa
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Lovely Ethiopian scenery
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Headsets
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I asked for the Economist when boarding, but they didn’t have any. Magically some appeared a few minutes after takeoff


Table set for lunch. This time, despite having a longer flight time, drinks orders were taken, then delivered individually rather than having the full trolley wheeled out. This was also the only time I was addressed by name.
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The gin and tonic was so strong I had to ask for more tonic


The guy next to me had to ask for some water as his drink had too much pepper
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More nice views
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The meal. Once again the main was a bit of a disappointment. It was basically just 3 prawns in tomatoes spaghetti.
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Nice olive oil and balsamic vinegar
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The salad was nice, although looked a bit minimalistic
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Another tasty dessert
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And more ginger tea
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Another G&T and some water
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I was finally able to get my duty free. Annoyingly they didn’t have a credit card machine so you need to carry enough USD cash


More gorgeous views as we near the Indian Ocean
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Overflying Zanzibar
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Approaching Dar es Salaam
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Not a very busy terminal today – just Egyptair
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And Jetlink, whoever they are
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Nice view of the bridge from my window. That guy in the wheelchair looked so depressed
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Quite a lot of passengers disembarked here, including most of the Business class cabin. The guy sitting next to me stayed, however. As all the Tanzanian passengers disembarked, he seemed to know, or at least pretend, to know them all, shaking everyone’s hands. Hmm, rather odd behaviour. He’s either crazy or famous. Turns out he’s the Minister for Zanzibar, and was in Addis Ababa for the Africa Union thing. He gave me his business card, and told me to call if I needed anything in Zanzibar. I thought about asking if he could get me a free visa-on-arrival, but thought better of it.
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MS through the window


January 2012
Dar es Salaam (DAR) – Zanzibar (ZNZ)
Ethiopian Airlines ET 805
Scheduled: 1410-1450 (0h40m)
Actual: 1408-1427 (0h19m)
Boeing 737-800 ET-AOB
Business

With the DAR pax off, we closed the door and pushed back. QR and Precision Air have arrived in the meantime. There was no safety briefing out of DAR. The TVs did come down from the ceiling not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5 but 6 times, each time with a blank screen – not sure if the crew were unsure whether they should show the briefing, or if the system was just possessed.
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And Fly540
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And Air Tanzania
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Once we had pushed back, the steps were wheeled back. I thought it was a bit odd. The marshaller (?) climbed up, and hopped aboard. I recalled seeing him earlier onboard. With that done, we headed off.
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Nice vantage of the terminal
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Dar es Salaam suburbs
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I was hoping that there would be a short drinks service, but the crew stayed sat down for the duration. The menu did mention refreshments – I guess it’d be possible in the scheduled 40 mins, but not for the actual 19 minutes. Before long the runway came into view. I guess because of other traffic we did a big loop rather than heading straight in.
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I told you – another DC3!
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The Minster said that the new terminal should be open sometime next year – can’t come soon enough
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Interesting, there’s a Travel Service 737 here – charter I guess?
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My seat before disembarking
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I was the first off, with the Minster following a few seconds later. The guy at the bottom of the stairs looked shocked that I was off first (the Minister was fussing with his bags, and the FA told me to go). With the Minster soon on the tarmac, the confusion was cleared up. The Minster was walked off, and I followed the ground crew guy to the terminal.

I was given a visa for and landing card, which I dutifully filled in as quickly as possible (a lot of other people were getting their visas on arrival too). I handed over my $50. A few minutes later I was stamped in. the baggage hall was a mess. There was no conveyor. Instead, as the bags trolleys were unload, they were individually wheeled over, and then the bags placed on a bench. Alas, priority bags came off last.
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With my two bags safely back in my custody, I went outside and met my driver and headed off for the beach
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My bags
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Overall I was extremely pleased with Ethiopian – they are a credit to Star Alliance unlike their other *A neighbour to the north. The staff were all friendly, and the service was excellent. Given the short sector times, they truly outdid themselves. It would be lovely to see service like this on European Airlines, but that’s never going to happen. What airline is going to dedicate 3 cabin crew to just 16 C pax for s shorthual flight?

Ground handling could have been a bit better in Kigali –they opened the desk some 40 minutes late, although I think that there was a problem behind the scenes. Also, getting luggage in ADD took a while – I guess their strange T1/T2 set up didn’t help matters. The Hilton Hotel, whist a nice idea for C pax, is really decrepit – a change of hotels is probably in order here.

Overall, however, I have no hesitation flying them again in Business Class (sorry, Cloud Nine).

The next part, Fly540 back to Dar es Salaam should be up in the next few days, along with my photos from Zanzibar.

All comments and questions welcome!

Some of my other TRs:

Africa Part 2: SN BRU-BJM, SA BJM-KGL, Business to Burundi and Rwanda
Africa Part 1: BD LHR-CMN, TP CMN-LIS, SN LIS-BRU in Y and C
A.net meeting in snowy Tallinn. U2/FR STN-TLL-LTN
easyJet and bmi up to Aberdeen, LTN-ABZ-LHR
The Costa del Sol with British Airways. LGW-AGP-LCY
Mysterious Moldova (and Transnistria). Lufthansa LHR-MUC-KIV
BA to the Austrian Alps. LHR-MUC, INN-LGW
I can't get no Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA inaugural
Colombia Part 4: Colombia to London via FRA/MUC/HEL on LH & BA
Colombia Part 3: Colombia with Avianca (AV). SMR-BOG-MDE-BOG
Colombia Part 2: Colombia with Avianca (AV). BOG-MDE-CTG
Colombia Part 1: London to Colombia via ARN/MUC/FRA on BA & LH
USA and Mexico Part 4, British Airways Mexico City – London, World Traveller Plus
USA and Mexico Part 3: Around Mexico with Aereo Calafia Cessna 208B & Viva Aerobus B733
USA and Mexico Part 2: Sightseeing tour of San Diego Airport, and American Airlines San Diego - LA – Dallas - San Jose Cabo
USA and Mexico Part 1: easyJet Luton to Paris, and BA Paris to San Diego via LHR in World Traveller Plus
British Airways to Scandinavia (LHR-CPH,GOT-LHR)
Where’s my bag? British Airways, Milan to London
What airline am I flying again? Bmi/Lufthansa Italia LHR-MXP
Albania and Macedonia: Austrian LHR-VIE-TIA, Macedonian Airlines SKP-ZRH, Swiss ZRH-LCY
Part 1, Lufthansa London-Munich-Frankfurt-Nanjing, Economy Class A321 and A343
Part 2, Cathay Pacific Shanghai to Tokyo via Hong Kong, Business Class A330 and B747-400
Part 3, ANA Boeing B767 Tokyo to Shanghai, & Air China Airbus A340 Shanghai to Beijing, Business Class
Part 4: Chinese domestics, inc. Joy Air Xi’an MA60, Tianjin Airlines ERJ, and China Express Airways CRJ
Part 5: Lufthansa Beijing-Frankfurt-London City, Economy Class A388 and E90
5 Countries, 5 Flights, 5 Days, with Ryanair (FR)
bmiFriday: Welcome to Sunny Norway, London to Bergen, A319)
Royal Jordanian, London to Aqaba via Amman. A330 and A320
Royal Jordanian, Amman to London, A330
London City to Antwerp with Cityjet and the Fokker 50
Croatian Airlines, LHR-ZAG,PUY-ZAD-ZAG-LHR, A319 and Dash 8
British Airways, Iberia & Binter to Tenerife and Gran Canaria, LHR-MAD-TFN-LPA-MAD-LHR, A320,ATR, A321
British Airways, London To Amsterdam, LGW-AMS-LHR, B737 & A321
British Airways up to a snowy Glasgow, with a change of flights and delay, LHR-GLA-LCY A321 and E90
Turkish Airlines Business Class from London to Istanbul. From Terrible To Fantastic
Turkish Airlines Business Class from Istanbul to Batumi (Georgia). Not again!
bmi Business Class, Tbilisi to London via Azerbaijan
Tallinn to London, with Estonian Air and BA, via ARN
Cuba! BA/IB London-Madrid-Havana, Business Class
Aerocarribean, Baracoa to Havana
Asia Trip, Pt 1: Qatar Airways Business Class (LHR-DOH-ICN)
Asia Trip, Pt 2: China Southern and Hainan Airlines (A321/A346)
Asia Trip, Pt 3: Malaysia Airlines, Hong Kong to Penang
Asia Trip, Pt 4: Qatar Airways Economy (HKG-DOH-LHR)
A weekend in Transylvania with Blue Air (LTN-SBZ)
Helsinki for the weekend on BA and KF
Easter in Ukraine with Austrian
UAE and Oman with BA and Air Arabia. Y & Y+
HKG-LHR-HKG Air New Zealand, Premium Economy and Economy
US Airways LGW-DCA-MSP-LGA-LGW
London Heathrow - Zurich - Venice on Swiss Business for the weekend
Chasing the Eclipse on China Eastern
Taiwan: EVA Air (HKG-TPE rtn), UNI Airways (TSA-HCN), Daily Air (TTT-KYD rtn)
UA HKG-SIN-HKG Y Class, SQ KUL-SIN C Class
Bangkok to Beijing, Egyptair Business Class
Air China Beijing to Harbin, B777 Economy outbound, A330 First Class return
Tiger Airways, Singapore to Darwin return
A selection of Chinese Domestics; China Eastern, Air China and Shenzhen Airlines
Hong Kong to London on Singapore Airlines (744/380/77W)
Qatar Airways Beijing-Doha-London Heathrow (A330/A340)
Air China First Class. Beijing-Guilin via Xi’an
Round Asia Trip. URC-HTN,OSS-FRU,ALA-URC-LHW-KMG-JHG-KMG-SYX,HAK-NKG-PEK-NRT-LHR,
Hainan Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Lucky Air, ANA, Economy and Business Class.

SAS and Lufthansa Business Class, LHR-OSL-FRA-FRA, B73G and B744

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2012-02-05 00:44:10 and read 13185 times.

Hi Gabriel,

another really interesting report full of nice pictures from exotic places! ET's product looks impressive, but I'm still skeptical about that airline due to the strange 738 crash (ET-ANB, btw) in 2010.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Kigali Nyabugogo Bus station – more organised than it looks. I was impressed that all the buses ran to schedule

That's indeed impressive!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I thought about going over to Goma for lunch as the security situation seemed ok, but a visa was $285 – no thanks.

Wow, what a rip-off!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Trip Advisors rates it 21 of 51 hotels in Addis – not great. (The Riviera is rated 40/51)

That's really bad for a Hilton.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
This time the seats were red. Also the TVs were drop down rather than wall mounted.

ET-AOB was delivered to ET factory fresh, ET-ANA is an ex-China Eastern bird.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I guess quite a few are close, just missing the elusive 717.

Which is not a real Boeing anyway.  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Interesting, there’s a Travel Service 737 here – charter I guess?

It seems so - the bird is not leased out currently.


PH

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: lychemsa
Posted 2012-02-05 02:05:26 and read 13011 times.

I noticed that 3 day tours by travel agencies in Europe to see the gorillas are quoted in the "thousands of dollars." I assume it must be cheaper planning the side trip by oneself.

About how much would it cost? Thanks.

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: The777Man
Posted 2012-02-05 03:10:17 and read 12862 times.

Hi Gabriel !

Thanks for a fantastic trip report with fantastic pictures !

Rwanda seems really nice and really worth visiting! Nice that you went on the Gorilla trek although a bit costly. Very sad with the Genocide memorial but very touching.

ET looks really good even on those short flights! I flew them about a year ago IAD-ADD-DXB and had nice flights in Y. I agree that the Hilton in ADD looks very old but at least you did not have to pay.

I remember the terminal from ADD and they desperately need to expand it.

Zanzibar looks nice at a first glance and looking forward to more pictures from there.

The777Man

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: JL418
Posted 2012-02-05 03:21:20 and read 12829 times.

Great report, Gabriel.

Africa is one of the places I'd dream to go and the Great Lakes region ranks among the very first... your pictures of Rwanda just confirmed and strenghtened my desire. It's been a pleasure to read this instalment and I'm an idiot since I haven't read the previous two beforehand, but I'm planning to do it ASAP. Thanks for the pictures of the genocide museum, a very sobering view. And a sad reminder of our - as Westeners - faults in both building the causes for it and in letting it happen rather undisturbed.

The gorilla trek is indeed quite pricey but in my opinion it's worth every penny... is the price including the stay at the lodge? And wouldn't the group of tourist be a nuisance for the gorillas? I thought they'd get annoyed if someone went around too close to their cubs.

Regarding the flights: you seemed to have a jolly good time during your plane rides and I must admit that the service offered by Ethiopian was absolutely outstanding. But what would it have been like if you sat in the back of the bus, in economy? If I'll ever get the chance to go down there, I believe that I'll be sitting further back the fuselage...

Looking forward to read the rest of your trip!

Fabrizio

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2012-02-05 05:16:46 and read 12611 times.

Hi Gabriel!

Great report as usual, it's really exiting reading about your African adventure!
Nice to read that you enjoyed ET, I'm flying them in Economy on ARN-FCO later this year, shortly before they make ARN a nonstop flight from ADD.
Looking forward to the next part of your tripreport series!

Martin

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: OA260
Posted 2012-02-05 06:04:38 and read 12518 times.

WOW what can I say this is an amazing African report and the best I have ever seen on Anet ! Kudos to you buddy you made me want to visit that part of Africa and that's a huge achievement. I wasn't really that interested before but the Gorilla trail and the lovely beach hotels really have got my attention.

ET lovely report on our new addition to Star and I hope to try them sometime, Love the FAs traditional uniform.

Thanks for this amazing piece of reporting and keep up the good work .

Regards

Philip  

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: ETFokker50
Posted 2012-02-05 07:10:56 and read 12408 times.

Nice trip report!

The Hilton in Addis definately is in need of a renovation: the rooms looked exactly the same when I stayed there in 1998... The Sheraton is a much nicer hotel (but much more expensive), and it's only a block over from the Hilton. Supposedly the Sheraton when it it opened was one of the nicest Sheratons in Africa.

Rergarding terminal 1: that used to be the only terminal, and was not used for a while after terminal 2 opened, but guessing they need the space now. Back in the day it had a domestic and international section, but had that same holding pen and weird gate areas... Brings back lots of memories  

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: 767747
Posted 2012-02-05 08:09:13 and read 12278 times.

Hi Gabriel,

Thanks for bringing us along on your trips throughout Africa with Ethiopian Airlines. While the "mains" don't look so good; I'm impressed by the high level of service on short hops in Business! 2 trolley runs / main course, desert on a flight under 2 hours?! I'll take that in the US any day ...

Thanks for sharing! I like the Ethiopian livery too; very striking on the 737.

Best,

Matthew

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: roberts87
Posted 2012-02-05 08:38:13 and read 12220 times.

Another great read, just as the other parts before.
You sure seem to have a great trip: I love your destination picture and in-flight reports.
Allready looking forward to the next part!

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: abrelosojos
Posted 2012-02-05 09:21:19 and read 12127 times.

Gabriel -

Thanks a lot for the report. I was so glad to read it, and smiled at the many Africa-moments along the way. I really miss the place! ET is a good airline - it is not great, but has been improving significantly. They have a very impressive CEO (Teowolde) who has gone through the ranks - from his early days of working at the NYC office and his network planning guy is also very good. Along with TK, it is my airline to watch in the future.

Great report.

Saludos,
A.

PS: Due to lack of personnel, you will find on many ET and ASky flights ET marshallers/technicians, etc. They travel with the flight throughout the Continent.

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-02-05 09:52:12 and read 12066 times.

Thanks everyone for your comments!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):

another really interesting report

Thanks!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
Wow, what a rip-off!

Yeah, and dangerous to boot!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
That's really bad for a Hilton.

Very bad

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 4):
I noticed that 3 day tours by travel agencies in Europe to see the gorillas are quoted in the "thousands of dollars." I assume it must be cheaper planning the side trip by oneself.About how much would it cost? Thanks.

Well if you got direct to the park, the permit is $500 (plus bank transfer fees). Lodge I stayed at was $20/night + food, transport to the lodge from town was $10 o/w, transport for the walk (if you can't hitchhike) was $80. That is the cheapest I think.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
Thanks for a fantastic trip report with fantastic pictures !

Thanks!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
I agree that the Hilton in ADD looks very old but at least you did not have to pay.

Yeah, lucky it was free

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
I remember the terminal from ADD and they desperately need to expand it.

Yes, could do with being double the size

Quoting JL418 (Reply 6):
Great report, Gabriel.

Thanks!

Quoting JL418 (Reply 6):
It's been a pleasure to read this instalment and I'm an idiot since I haven't read the previous two beforehand, but I'm planning to do it ASAP.

What!!!! You'd better read them tonight!

Quoting JL418 (Reply 6):
The gorilla trek is indeed quite pricey but in my opinion it's worth every penny... is the price including the stay at the lodge?

No, the lodge is extra (see above)

Quoting JL418 (Reply 6):
And wouldn't the group of tourist be a nuisance for the gorillas? I thought they'd get annoyed if someone went around too close to their cubs.

Well, they limit it to max 8 tourists per day per family group. The goriallas walk right past you - they don't seen to care!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 7):

Great report as usual, it's really exiting reading about your African adventure!

Thanks!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 7):
Nice to read that you enjoyed ET, I'm flying them in Economy on ARN-FCO later this year, shortly before they make ARN a nonstop flight from ADD.

Ask how much for an upgrade to C at check in - well worth it

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
WOW what can I say this is an amazing African report and the best I have ever seen on Anet !

Thanks Phil!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
Kudos to you buddy you made me want to visit that part of Africa and that's a huge achievement. I wasn't really that interested before but the Gorilla trail and the lovely beach hotels really have got my attention.

I'm glad I have such influence! This trip was forced on my (by myself) as otherwise I'd be stuck shittling to and from Asia for the rest of my life!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
Thanks for this amazing piece of reporting and keep up the good work .

Thanks

Quoting ETFokker50 (Reply 9):
The Hilton in Addis definately is in need of a renovation: the rooms looked exactly the same when I stayed there in 1998...

And I guess in 1988 as well!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 10):
Thanks for bringing us along on your trips throughout Africa with Ethiopian Airlines. While the "mains" don't look so good; I'm impressed by the high level of service on short hops in Business! 2 trolley runs / main course, desert on a flight under 2 hours?! I'll take that in the US any day ...

Yeah, they are a quiality operation

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 11):
Another great read, just as the other parts before.

Thanks!

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 12):

Thanks a lot for the report

No problem

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 12):
I really miss the place! ET is a good airline - it is not great, but has been improving significantly. They have a very impressive CEO (Teowolde) who has gone through the ranks - from his early days of working at the NYC office and his network planning guy is also very good. Along with TK, it is my airline to watch in the future.

I much prefered ET over TK. Staff seem a lot more genuine, although both hubs suck

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 12):
PS: Due to lack of personnel, you will find on many ET and ASky flights ET marshallers/technicians, etc. They travel with the flight throughout the Continent.

Interesting. I guess they needed it more in ZNZ than DAR?

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: ba319-131
Posted 2012-02-05 10:06:19 and read 12030 times.

Hi Gabriel,

Another great instalment, great pictures BTW - the gorilla trip looked most impressive, must have been quite amazing to be so close to them.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The G&T was very strong – they do random pours rather than use miniatures

- As if that's a worry for you  ......

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
This time the seats were red. Also the TVs were drop down rather than wall mounted

- This machine is much newer, some 9 years that the first machine you flew, seems these are the new interiors?

I've never read anything goof about ET, that I can recall, and as PH mentioned above, the 738 crash our of BEY is a bit of a cause for concern, though glad you enjoyed the experience.

Cheers

Mark

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: alsberg
Posted 2012-02-05 10:21:31 and read 12001 times.

Wonderful trip report. The gorilla watching looked like it was very interesting! ET appears to definitely be a worthy member for *A as well.

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: kiramakora
Posted 2012-02-05 11:09:12 and read 11915 times.

Great trip. Thank you.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
another really interesting report full of nice pictures from exotic places! ET's product looks impressive, but I'm still skeptical about that airline due to the strange 738 crash (ET-ANB, btw) in 2010.

I agree. This is why I don't fly Air France and that strange 330 crash and coverup.

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: signol
Posted 2012-02-05 13:42:15 and read 11677 times.

Exellent Gabriel, thanks!

Some stunnign photos of the gorillas there, though the permit seems expensive. I guess it's a good source of hard currency for an otherwise poor country.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
aviation snacks

Very cute - I would have thought they would be reserved for kids onboard!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
The first desk didn’t have a hotel record of me, so I was sent to a different desk.

Sounds like the to and fro I had at ADD, completely normal!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
some rubbish US sitcoms

Looks like "How I Met Your Mother" - one of the better ones!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
Lovely Ethiopian scenery

Agreed!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
The meal. Once again the main was a bit of a disappointment

Interesting, all the Y meals I had on ET were quite good.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
Annoyingly they didn’t have a credit card machine so you need to carry enough USD cash

None of my 3 ET flights had a card machine either, despite the duty free catalogue advertising card payments. They did accept sterling cash as well as USD (and EUR and ZAR I think)

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
there’s a Travel Service 737 here – charter I guess?

South Africa's Comair has leased them in the past, my fater in law had once once on a DUR-JNB run. As MN also fly to Zanzibar, it is possible it's come from JNB.

Thanks again!

signol

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: debonair
Posted 2012-02-05 14:03:02 and read 11654 times.

OUTSTANDING! I did the same last year, exactly the same- memories...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The next part, Fly540 back to Dar es Salaam should be up in the next few days, along with my photos from Zanzibar.



Great, did you also catched the DASH8-100 (the one without seatbelts)?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Once we had pushed back, the steps were wheeled back. I thought it was a bit odd. The marshaller (?) climbed up, and hopped aboard. I recalled seeing him earlier onboard. With that done, we headed off.



TRUE, normal African procedure. On my flight I was told, that ET is not having ground staff in ZNZ- so the Ramp Agent (not marshaller) is taken over to ZNZ to coordinate the movements. Great job, I wish I would work this way...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The TVs did come down from the ceiling not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5 but 6 times, each time with a blank screen – not sure if the crew were unsure whether they should show the briefing, or if the system was just possessed.



Again, African procedure. I was told, that the IFE system is always over-heating due to the climate in Tanzania. On my flight it was 10-times and finally safety demo manually.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Overall, however, I have no hesitation flying them again in Business Class (sorry, Cloud Nine).



Well, good for you. I flew on the DASH8-Q400 (you really missed something, believe me!) and was upgraded to Business Class. I had no pre-departure drink, nor towel service, nor drink runs, nor menu card etc.! Glad I didn't paid for the upgrade!!!   

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: sfflyer123
Posted 2012-02-05 14:34:18 and read 11605 times.

amazing Trip report! Just amazing. thank you for sharing!

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: burj
Posted 2012-02-05 14:44:46 and read 11592 times.

Wow very cool trip report and photos!

So just how close do you get to the gorillas and is it safe to be that close?

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-02-05 22:40:01 and read 11232 times.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 14):

Another great instalment, great pictures BTW

Thanks!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 14):
the gorilla trip looked most impressive, must have been quite amazing to be so close to them.

Yeah, was a fantastic experience

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 14):
- As if that's a worry for you ......

Well, even I have limits!

Quoting alsberg (Reply 15):
Wonderful trip report.

Thanks!

Quoting kiramakora (Reply 16):
Great trip. Thank you.

Thanks!

Quoting signol (Reply 17):
Some stunnign photos of the gorillas there, though the permit seems expensive. I guess it's a good source of hard currency for an otherwise poor country.

Yeah, and the prices are goiing up (again) this year

Quoting signol (Reply 17):
Interesting, all the Y meals I had on ET were quite good.

Well, the meals weren't that bad - just not as good as other aspects

Quoting signol (Reply 17):
None of my 3 ET flights had a card machine either, despite the duty free catalogue advertising card payments. They did accept sterling cash as well as USD (and EUR and ZAR I think)

Strange that they don't have a card machine - they can't be that expensive

Quoting debonair (Reply 18):
OUTSTANDING! I did the same last year, exactly the same- memories...

Thanks!

Quoting debonair (Reply 18):
Great, did you also catched the DASH8-100 (the one without seatbelts)?

No, was an old CRJ (with belts!) - 5H-YAH ex-Comair

Quoting debonair (Reply 18):
Well, good for you. I flew on the DASH8-Q400 (you really missed something, believe me!) and was upgraded to Business Class. I had no pre-departure drink, nor towel service, nor drink runs, nor menu card etc.! Glad I didn't paid for the upgrade!!!

Thats why I avoided the Dash flights - maybe everyone was an upgrade on your flight?

Quoting sfflyer123 (Reply 19):
amazing Trip report! Just amazing. thank you for sharing!

No problem!

Quoting burj (Reply 20):
Wow very cool trip report and photos!

Thanks!

Quoting burj (Reply 20):
So just how close do you get to the gorillas and is it safe to be that close?

Very close (sometimes they brushed right by us). Offically you are meant to stay 7 metres (or feet?) away, but everyone flauts the rule (inc the gorillas). They aren't at all aggressive

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: sjacob
Posted 2012-02-05 22:52:55 and read 11216 times.

Welcome to Africa........Wonderful report, I am glad you had a stop over at EBB and you did justice with the camera....Awesome pictures...Once again, have a blast in Africa

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: sultanils
Posted 2012-02-06 01:22:48 and read 11124 times.

Hi Gabriel,

I very much enjoyed this episode of your grand Africa travels. Nice pics and that gorilla trekking must’ve been something out of the ordinary. I doubt however if the exorbitant park permit fee is justified...
I found it exciting to see all these African operations, airports etc. Things are certainly quite different to more modern countries. ET doing a good job there, but they for sure know how to do their ops ‘the African way’.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
This innocuous piece of paper set me back US$550!

Mighty steep is that.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Like I said before, plastic bags are banned in Rwanda, so everywhere gives out paper bags

That’s a very good thing and good to see environmental awareness in Africa as well, despite of people having other more important issues to deal with...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
FIDS. Final destinations

An nice list of exotic destinations!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The gin and tonic was so strong I had to ask for more tonic

A g&t even too strong for you, come on...  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I thought about asking if he could get me a free visa-on-arrival, but thought better of it.

The opportunist you are  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
What airline is going to dedicate 3 cabin crew to just 16 C pax for s shorthual flight?

Can that last? It must cost the airline some but then again you don’t know what the salaray of these F/A’s is.

Sultanils

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-02-06 10:42:56 and read 10763 times.

Quoting sjacob (Reply 22):
Wonderful report

Thanks! I really enjoyed my time in Africa

Quoting sultanils (Reply 23):
Nice pics and that gorilla trekking must’ve been something out of the ordinary. I doubt however if the exorbitant park permit fee is justified...

Well, part of the momney goes to the local commmunity, building schools etc, so is quite good thing to support

Quoting sultanils (Reply 23):
A g&t even too strong for you, come on...

Well, when it's 50:50 then yes!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 23):
Can that last? It must cost the airline some but then again you don’t know what the salaray of these F/A’s is.

Average fres are quite high (and I guess wages low) so it's reasonably sustainable

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2012-02-06 12:48:34 and read 10684 times.

Hi, Gabriel,

now that´s for sure something what you don´t see here everyday.
Really good pictures, especially from that very expensive Gorilla meeting.
Also flying on ET looks like nice and Africa feels really special.
Looking for more, you know.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-02-06 23:15:46 and read 10479 times.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 25):
now that´s for sure something what you don´t see here everyday.
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 25):
Also flying on ET looks like nice and Africa feels really special.

Yeah, ET is a nice change to BA/LH!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 25):
Really good pictures, especially from that very expensive Gorilla meeting.

Thanks - the gorillas were pretty special

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: debonair
Posted 2012-02-07 02:52:31 and read 10377 times.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 21):
Thats why I avoided the Dash flights - maybe everyone was an upgrade on your flight?

...nope, 2 "real" BusinessClass pax plus me in front of the curtain. Meal service etc. was for sure    !

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-02-07 05:39:12 and read 10272 times.

Quoting debonair (Reply 27):
...nope, 2 "real" BusinessClass pax plus me in front of the curtain. Meal service etc. was for sure !

Well, lucky for you then, bad luck for them!

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: 717Flyer
Posted 2012-02-07 07:31:45 and read 10213 times.

Hi Gabriel,

Another really nice and entertaining story online! Seems like Ethiopian did a great job (which is another reason for me to finally book a ticket on their ARN-FCO run!).

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Since the last post, I finally booked a domestic hop from Zanzibar back to Dar es Salaam with Fly540. This flight will also get a ‘part’, so the next parts of the series will be:

I wonder who came up with the name for that airline. Is it a part of their phone number or some special fares perhaps? At least I can't see any other reason to give such a name to an airline.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
From Musanze I had to find the agent that booked my gorilla permit (Amahoro Tours for the record - thanks eastafspot for steering me in their direction and (unwittingly) helping me get a small discount)

See, A.netters are everywhere!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My permit. This innocuous piece of paper set me back US$550! Permits are very limited, and are often sold out months in advance.

WHAT? On the other hand the experience seems really special.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I thought about going over to Goma for lunch as the security situation seemed ok, but a visa was $285 – no thanks.

Yeah, quite an expensive lunch - you know you can book a whole lot of flights for that amount of money?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
In the seat pocket was a nice hotel style pack

To borrow the words of another A. netter once again, did you liberate it?  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I guess quite a few are close, just missing the elusive 717.

Oh yes, the 717 is definitely its own chapter.  

Looking forward to "Africa 4"!

Regards,
717Flyer

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: SuperCaravelle
Posted 2012-02-07 08:39:12 and read 10155 times.

Very nice report, read all three installments and it's time for a reaction  

It looks like Rwanda is a really interesting country. I've seen the film you mentioned, Hotel Rwanda, and it's good to see the country is moving on. They have some very good tourist attractions, judging by your photos! Those plaques in the memorial center are very sad though  

Also good to see that there are more and more airlines to choose from when visiting Africa  

Thanks again for the report!

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-02-07 11:45:48 and read 10064 times.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 29):
Another really nice and entertaining story online! Seems like Ethiopian did a great job (which is another reason for me to finally book a ticket on their ARN-FCO run!).

I hope it's in C!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 29):
I wonder who came up with the name for that airline. Is it a part of their phone number or some special fares perhaps? At least I can't see any other reason to give such a name to an airline.

Yeah, rubbish name isn't it!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 29):
WHAT? On the other hand the experience seems really special.

Yeah, I think it was worth it!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 29):
To borrow the words of another A. netter once again, did you liberate it?

I did think about it, but I'm already lugging around too much stuff (I got off my ZRH-ATH flight yesterday with 3 checked bags & 2 carry ons!) so thought I;d just take the writing pad and stickers!

Quoting SuperCaravelle (Reply 30):
Very nice report, read all three installments and it's time for a reaction

Good to see you opinion finally then!

Quoting SuperCaravelle (Reply 30):
It looks like Rwanda is a really interesting country. I've seen the film you mentioned, Hotel Rwanda, and it's good to see the country is moving on. They have some very good tourist attractions, judging by your photos! Those plaques in the memorial center are very sad though

You need to watch Gorillas in the Mist now, and you'll be all set for a Rwandese adventure!

Quoting SuperCaravelle (Reply 30):
Thanks again for the report!

No problem!

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: FlyingFinn76
Posted 2012-02-08 10:30:18 and read 9774 times.

Hi Gab,

Have I ever mentioned that I have absolutely loved your Africa trip so far and it just keeps getting better and better!

You'll have hard time coming up with another trip to top this one - maybe Nigeria or something...  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My permit. This innocuous piece of paper set me back US$550! Permits are very limited, and are often sold out months in advance.

Wow, that's indeed very steep.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Traditional house (on fire?)

It's an African (smoke) sauna.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Two hours after leaving the cars we found them. We were allowed an hour with them, and I took hundreds of photos – here is a small selection. Needless to say it was an amazing experience.

Cool. Glad you found your cousins!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I thought about going over to Goma for lunch as the security situation seemed ok, but a visa was $285 – no thanks.

Yikes! That is highway robbery! Must be the most expensive visa in the world. Couldn't you just walk a few meters to the side and hop over to the Congolese side in order to be able to say you've been there?  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
An interesting section about other genocides. Armenia, Namibia, Germany, Cambodia…..so many

Armenia - in a week I'll be there!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
On my last evening I paid a visit to the famous Hotel des Milles Collines, where hundreds of people were sheltered during the genocide, and motivation behind the film ‘Hotel Rwanda’ and ergo this trip.

I read the "Un dimanche à la piscine à Kigali" (well, the Finnish translation) a couple of years ago - the whole book revolved around this hotel. Feels a little weird thinking that you've been there. Of course the picture it painted of Kigali was completely different than nowadays...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
At the top was immigration, then the duty free area. I was planning on buying some gin and vodka on board as the prices were good – however, the prices were even better in KGL. 750ml Stolichnaya vodka for $5, 1 litre of Gordon’s gin for $13. Yes please!

Yikes, nice prices. Beats even those 8 dollar bottles of rum at Bogota... Still a bit irked I couldn't take advantage of those (and then considering we were dumped landside at FRA anyway I should've!).

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Boeing 737-800 ET-ANA

Hah, I still find it hilarious. Your flights seemed to be quite fast, though!  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
DND stickers

Neat idea.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The aforementioned FA outfit. It seems only about 5% of the FAs wear this. On my ADD-ZNZ flight they were all earing the standard green uniform.

I remember my ARN-FCO flight with ET a couple of years ago - I think one or two crew members were wearing these. The rest had some sort of "business attire" looking dress with pants - not very african at all.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
There wasn’t much action today at EBB.

You didn't see any IAF Hercules planes around?  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was very impressed by the flight – the staff (there were 3 just serving 16 C pax) worked the entire flight without a break. I wanted to buy some duty free, but they ran out of time.

Very impressive. This was also my feeling on my ARN-FCO flight - the crew were busy all the time, unfortunately I think this was because the booze thirsty Swedes realized that you could get whatever drinks you wanted just by asking and kept asking for more and more...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was also given my boarding pass for tomorrow. I was surprised to see ‘LH*G’ emblazoned on it seeing as I’m only *Silver.

That's a different kind of upgrade!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Still, thanks ET – you saved me enough money to phone home.

Hah, took me a few reads to get it  . I guess you can't look a gift horse in its mouth.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
There was no queue at immigration, and in a few moments I was in the lounge. Nothing amazing on offer, but there was some hot food.

Errr is there a glass wall there as you can see the public waiting area? Didn't you feel like being in an aquarium or maybe like your monkey friend from Bujumbura?  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Yes, the girl is being pushed around in a supermarket trolley

Africa  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The meal. Once again the main was a bit of a disappointment. It was basically just 3 prawns in tomatoes spaghetti.

Hmm, doesn't look that good. When I saw that menu picture from the first flight I thought "oh, what a shame those prawns are not available on his flight - that's what I'd gotten" but it looks better on the paper than in reality.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Overflying Zanzibar

"Hey, let me out!"

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
And Fly540

The easyJet of Africa?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Dar es Salaam suburbs

Blimey, talk about tightly packed. I bet the mortgages for those houses fall into the sub prime category...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Interesting, there’s a Travel Service 737 here – charter I guess?

And from their Hungarian operation. BUD-ZNZ is a helluva long flight, wonder where they stop for topping up - maybe LXR/HRG/SSH or similar.

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: akhmad
Posted 2012-02-08 11:23:20 and read 9737 times.

Hi Gabriel,

I have got the impression that you have become the ambassador of Africa. Your report is just amazing, revealing the gems of the continent. Thank you so much for taking us along through your journey.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
This innocuous piece of paper set me back US$550!

Luckily you recovered well enough to do the gorilla safari.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Eventually I was assigned a group (4 Dutch and 2 Poles)

Dutch people are just everywhere. 


Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Locals

How adorable.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Chameleons

Did you have those chameleions on your hand as well?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
$110 including breakfast

Way to go!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
the Kigali Genocide Memorial

The dark history of mankind. It must have been confronting to walk around there.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The only free booze is beer

Well in that case, Heineken will do.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The G&T was very strong

Don’t you like strong G&T? 


Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The aforementioned FA outfit

Very elegant. I wonder why not all ET flight attendants are dressed like that.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
I thought about asking if he could get me a free visa-on-arrival, but thought better of it.

You can better keep the business card in case of more urgent matters.


Thanks again for sharing.

Best wishes,
Suryo

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: lukeyboy95
Posted 2012-02-08 15:14:07 and read 9597 times.

Gabriel,

What a great read. I am always more curious by each new report I read here in this Africa series. I don't think I even need to write my reports about Africa any more! haha.

Now, I did much the same as you whilst I was there. Couldn't afford the gorillas, but went up into that neck of the wood. Gisenyi and Lake Kivu where excellent for me. Infact, I had a brilliant Couchsurifng experience there, 5 German girls, but I think they have since moved.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
he next day I took a bus to Gisenyi on the side of Lake Kivu on the Congo border. My first attempts to find somewhere to lodge were fruitless so I ended up getting a taxi to the Serena Hotel.

Also considered going across the border, quite cool to peer over. I hear Goma is a good place too, lava still in the street and more of a buzz. Did you swim? You certainly went for the best hotel in town!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was impressed that all the buses ran to schedule

Rwanda buses were the best - safe(r), ontime (light traffic) and always beautiful scenic journeys. Also more space.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
I found this on my Mp4, not sure where it came from, but was nice dining music!

Sounds Scottish. An interesting choice when on a ET 737!?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 13):
The salad was nice, although looked a bit minimalistic

Haha, looks very funny! Sure it was fresh. . .

That was quite alot of high altitude flying (well, the airports at least). Kigali is a great wee airport to look at, quite nice approaches too. And Addis is also one of the highest international ones IIRC

Keep it up Gabriel.

Rgds

Luke!

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: flightsimboy
Posted 2012-02-08 17:36:18 and read 9546 times.

Had a long day at work, and came home to this, and how refreshed I am now!! What an excellent report that I did not stop even once to catch a breath....kept me totally engrossed in it. How wonderful to be able to be so close to those gorillas, but honestly, I would be a bit apprehensive to get so close to them. Really nice that Ethiopian treated you so well. I just hope they do make it to Toronto soon, as it is believed they are to come here in the near future. Africa is a dream of everyone's to go to, and I am so glad you are experiencing it first hand.

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-02-09 07:36:57 and read 9413 times.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 32):
Have I ever mentioned that I have absolutely loved your Africa trip so far and it just keeps getting better and better!

Glad you are enjoying them!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 32):
You'll have hard time coming up with another trip to top this one - maybe Nigeria or something...

Well, i have no immediate plans to head to LOS....

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 32):
Cool. Glad you found your cousins!

They were lovely!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 32):
Armenia - in a week I'll be there!

Not much there about the Genocide that I remember, not like here

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 32):
Yikes, nice prices. Beats even those 8 dollar bottles of rum at Bogota... Still a bit irked I couldn't take advantage of those (and then considering we were dumped landside at FRA anyway I should've!).

Yeah, they were pretty cheap

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 32):
Neat idea.

Not revolutionary, but nice on shorthual

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 32):
You didn't see any IAF Hercules planes around?

Not sure what one loks like, so not sure

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 32):
Hah, took me a few reads to get it . I guess you can't look a gift horse in its mouth.

Ha, you are the first person to comment on it - I thought it was quite funny!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 32):
Errr is there a glass wall there as you can see the public waiting area? Didn't you feel like being in an aquarium or maybe like your monkey friend from Bujumbura?

It was sort of one way glass. You could see in front outisde, but not very well

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 32):
The easyJet of Africa?

Well, orange, yes, but otherwise no.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
I have got the impression that you have become the ambassador of Africa. Your report is just amazing, revealing the gems of the continent. Thank you so much for taking us along through your journey.

Thanks, glad you're enjoying them!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
Luckily you recovered well enough to do the gorilla safari.

So am I, what a relief!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
Dutch people are just everywhere.

They are    
Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
Did you have those chameleions on your hand as well?

I did - they were very cute

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
Don’t you like strong G&T?

Not if it makes my eyes water!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
Very elegant. I wonder why not all ET flight attendants are dressed like that.

Mayeb the uniforms are too expensive?

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 34):
What a great read. I am always more curious by each new report I read here in this Africa series. I don't think I even need to write my reports about Africa any more! haha.

Oh, please do write your reports! I'm waiting with bated breath!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 34):
Now, I did much the same as you whilst I was there. Couldn't afford the gorillas, but went up into that neck of the wood. Gisenyi and Lake Kivu where excellent for me. Infact, I had a brilliant Couchsurifng experience there, 5 German girls, but I think they have since moved.

I was thinking about couchsurfing in Mwsanse, but didn't look in Gisenyi

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 34):
Also considered going across the border, quite cool to peer over. I hear Goma is a good place too, lava still in the street and more of a buzz. Did you swim? You certainly went for the best hotel in town!

I was too scared to swim (a friend of mine got sick from lake swimming in Malawi) - I would have fancied a trip to Goma though

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 34):
Sounds Scottish. An interesting choice when on a ET 737!?

Irish I think!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 35):
Had a long day at work, and came home to this, and how refreshed I am now!!

Glad I could chill you out!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 35):
How wonderful to be able to be so close to those gorillas, but honestly, I would be a bit apprehensive to get so close to them.

I was scared for about 2 minutes, then realised they weren't at all theatening

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: LH4116
Posted 2012-02-09 08:37:20 and read 9389 times.

Hey there Mr. Chew Gab! Nice report!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Africa 6
Swiss, Zurich-Athens, Business A320
Aegean, Athens-Larnaca, Business A320

Africa 7
British Airways, Larnaca-London, Business B767

Hmm, technically they're not Africa flights. So should the reports still be called Africa?  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My permit. This innocuous piece of paper set me back US$550! Permits are very limited, and are often sold out months in advance.

LOL now that's a massive overprice. I would've just left right away if they forced me to pay that money, rather spend them on something else then looking at monkeys. Did you really splurge out that shameless amount of cash?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Chameleons

That's a nice bookehlicious shot! Surprised you could achieve that with a compact  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Kind of scary being there knowing that at any time you could be suffocated – only happens every couple of thousand years though.

Hmm, didn't that happen last time in the mid 90s, the year after the genocide. IIRC no people were killed, just the animals. Or am I wrong?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Like I said before, plastic bags are banned in Rwanda, so everywhere gives out paper bags

That's just a silly law. Are they afraid people will suffocate eachother  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
If you go, make sure you can pay for everything in cash (including the room) or else they’ll take you for a ride.

Ouch, I will definitely take note in that. Don't wanna get shot in the head for trying to use my VISA. No ATM machines in the area?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
French dude who kept telling me how he was going to check in 57 kg of bags without having to pay any excess

I'm assuming the man was flying in Y without status. Surely they could've let him pass, the african carriers are usually very generous with the baggage allowance.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Interestingly, the C class desk just said C-9 on it (Cloud Nine, the bizarre banding for ETs business class) – wonder how many people know what it means at check in?

Indeed a strange branding, quite stupid as well to just write C-9. Perhaps targeted at the seasoned traveler, but of course the regular fly-once-a-year wouldn't know a rat's a** about it. Were there a lot of people in the wrong queue?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
They didn’t use the screens to show the map, just some rubbish US sitcoms.

How could you call How I Met Your Mother rubbish? I love that show 
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was surprised to see ‘LH*G’ emblazoned on it seeing as I’m only *Silver

Loosk very nice. Although LH seem to have that problem of displaying the wrong status on the BP's. Recently many SEN pax flying on SAS would get LH*S on their BP despite being *G. In the lounge computers however the right status appears on the screen.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
which was met with a raised eyebrow, and “are you in business?”.

I assume you didn't look much like a Business Class passenger either?   Welcome to the club!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I guess quite a few are close, just missing the elusive 717.

Well, technically the 717 isn't a Boeing…

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I asked for the Economist when boarding, but they didn’t have any. Magically some appeared a few minutes after takeoff

Are you taking after PetteriFinn now?   Surely they must've had some better magazines onboard like Newsweek.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The meal. Once again the main was a bit of a disappointment. It was basically just 3 prawns in tomatoes spaghetti.

The main course doesn't look nice indeed, also I'm not a fan of pasta and tomato sauce. It looks quite overboiled as well.

Thanks for sharing
//Jonas

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: eastafspot
Posted 2012-02-09 13:50:00 and read 9278 times.

Gabriel,

With no surprise, your follow-up has been awaited so much. Despite being independent and neutral, after a couple of time reading i feel very annoyed dude:
There is no correction and reaches the perfection, clearly enjoyed it very much!   
Your western perspective has been thoroughly appreciated all the way long, coupled to the fact it was your first (?) in deep real African visit, makes a HUGE honour to see popping up Kigali and Rwanda here on A.net since 2007.
By the way, sorry to read that you felt faint at the begin of you stay, luckily it did not spoil the rest of your experience.

1 – your tourism experience

The country carries reminders of a troubled past, but imho, people managed to go forward and show any visitor expected to be haunted by the genocide, something different. And on your TR confirms there is no longer feeling about that.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
thanks eastafspot for steering me in their direction

Don't mention it, together it would have been much better though. The gorilla trekking successfully enchanted you, pictures speak for themselves. How did you find the Intore performance?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
View from the bungalow

The mount is named Sabyinyo, meaning old man's teeth...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A primus and a tasty mixed grill

huh, Primus is as good as Carling here   

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I did catch the one daily Rwandair flight into Gisenyi though – as the crow flies, this is a very short flight

Great shoot of the Dash on the new WB livery, surprised you did not fly back to KGL though

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
if the gases are released then the town will be swamped in a cloud of chocking gas, suffocating everything.

The main hazards are lava and earthquakes; if the flow from the Nyaragongo Volcano reach the bottom of the lake (near miss in 2002), and the last dangerous earthquake (small are frequent) ocurred in 2008.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
but a visa was $285

Yeah in a shortcut way..., or $100 or $30  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
so I moved to a cheaper hotel down the beach.

A still nice and good move for sure, i bet for the locally-owned Gorilla Kivu Lake hotel?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was still unsure by the end what sparked everything off

Long story and off-topic...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I did a day trip to Huye to see the National Museum

Thank you for making me discovering my own country, never seen before cheers mate!

Btw, you wrote all the cities correctly, apart from our hometown, why?


2 – Your Kigali departure experience

Time-wise, 3hrs prior departing are advisable in any african airports, but here you've stunned me, guaranteed as with no maze terminal, no spotting area, no fancy hallways, anybody could get bored so much in here. A yesteryear's plan could have suggest you visiting the upstairs terrace, but due to renovations there, later you've showed the best place at KGL.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
went to the café and got a scoop of ice-cream

A compulsory stop-over at the (US) Bourbon coffee? Irresistible delicatessens there

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
a weird French dude who kept telling me how he was going to check in 57 kg of bags without having to pay any excess

Haha, a classic over here. (2*23kg) + (2kg xtra in the rucksack) + (1*5 kg side bag)= 50 kg should have solved the issue = easy

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
This is a relatively new lounge

Yup, June 2011. Are you 100% sure for the drink choices ? If so, unfair treatment for you...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Security

this dog looks more attaching than aggressive, lol

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I had deliberately sat on the right side to get views of Lake Victoria

Wise decision and nice picture


3 – Flying with your Star Alliance African member

For some reasons, ET has ever attracted my family and my brother for intercontinental flights. Both flying eco, they could not mention any negative feedbacks, apart the long lay over in the state of art african terminal there in ADD, but travelling on cheapies tickets.
Since you've reported ET business class here, my wish to test and burn some miles with "our" real competitor increased whatsoever.
My lack of knowledge here will counter the curiosity of seeing why so many people met preferred flying the HOA airline. Also what PlaneHunter said is very true, even if it happened to KQ not so long ago.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
There was free wifi though

funny to see only one runway

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
And Air Tanzania

A frustrating image, so many regrets invaded me to have missed it for just few days only

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
Nice vantage of the terminal

The kind of picture that are requested here, absolutely brilliant  



You've undoubtedly set the standard at a high level, if not the highest, for the next reporter who will venture there. At comparable fare, i do admit that ET overtake the white red and green airline, hence i will think twice for the next booking...

I'm really grateful that you took time to write and post it here so accurately, hopefully you've learnt a couple of few words in these languages:

Murakoze cyane inshuti, urugendo rwiza.
Asante sana rafiki, safari njema.
Merci beaucoup mon ami, et bon voyage.


Eastafspot/Léonard

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: groobster
Posted 2012-02-10 09:52:14 and read 9075 times.

superb superb report, loving every instalment but this one is certainly a favourite.

Rwanda has just made my list of places to visit

Great stuff Gabriel.

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-02-10 12:30:07 and read 9013 times.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 37):
Nice report!

Thanks!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 37):
Hmm, technically they're not Africa flights. So should the reports still be called Africa?

No

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 37):
LOL now that's a massive overprice. I would've just left right away if they forced me to pay that money, rather spend them on something else then looking at monkeys. Did you really splurge out that shameless amount of cash?

Yes I did, and it was worth it! Not many places you can chill with gorillas in the wild

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 37):
That's a nice bookehlicious shot! Surprised you could achieve that with a compact

Oi, watch your mouth! Lots of good shotd are possible with compacts!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 37):
Hmm, didn't that happen last time in the mid 90s, the year after the genocide. IIRC no people were killed, just the animals. Or am I wrong?

No idea, ask Léonard

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 37):
That's just a silly law. Are they afraid people will suffocate eachother

No, just litter

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 37):
Ouch, I will definitely take note in that. Don't wanna get shot in the head for trying to use my VISA. No ATM machines in the area?

Yes, there were ATMs, but it was my last night, and I didn't want to get cash out for one dinner in a hotel

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 37):
Indeed a strange branding, quite stupid as well to just write C-9. Perhaps targeted at the seasoned traveler, but of course the regular fly-once-a-year wouldn't know a rat's a** about it. Were there a lot of people in the wrong queue?

I was the first there, no q after me

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 37):
I assume you didn't look much like a Business Class passenger either? Welcome to the club!

No, it happens often!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 38):
There is no correction and reaches the perfection, clearly enjoyed it very much!

Thanks!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 38):
By the way, sorry to read that you felt faint at the begin of you stay, luckily it did not spoil the rest of your experience.

Yes, luckily I got better!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 38):
Don't mention it, together it would have been much better though. The gorilla trekking successfully enchanted you, pictures speak for themselves. How did you find the Intore performance?

The music? very nice!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 38):
huh, Primus is as good as Carling here

Well, it was the only loical beer. I didn't go to Africa to drink European beer!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 38):
Great shoot of the Dash on the new WB livery, surprised you did not fly back to KGL though

I was considering it, but was at the wonr gimte for me in the end

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 38):
A still nice and good move for sure, i bet for the locally-owned Gorilla Kivu Lake hotel?

Yes, the Gorilla Hotel

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 38):
Thank you for making me discovering my own country, never seen before cheers mate!

You should check it out! $6 entry.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 38):
Btw, you wrote all the cities correctly, apart from our hometown, why?

Sorry, what did I write wrong?

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 38):
Yup, June 2011. Are you 100% sure for the drink choices ? If so, unfair treatment for you...

Unfair how?

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 38):
Since you've reported ET business class here, my wish to test and burn some miles with "our" real competitor increased whatsoever.

You should do

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 38):

I'm really grateful that you took time to write and post it here so accurately,

No problem, and thanks for the emails beforehand!

Quoting groobster (Reply 39):
superb superb report, loving every instalment but this one is certainly a favourite.

Thanks!

Quoting groobster (Reply 39):
Rwanda has just made my list of places to visit

I'm sure Léonard (above) is delighted to hear that!

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: CaptainRed
Posted 2012-02-10 12:31:30 and read 9011 times.

Hi again Gabriel,

just realized that I read your reports in the wrong order, oops. But this episode was another awesome read, well written with truly fascinating pictures.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
This innocuous piece of paper set me back US$550!

Ouch, that's tough. But for sure a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so why not. Definitely great to get so close to gorillas living in the wild.

Also quite impressed by ET, service seemed to be quite good and the food looked mostly good as well.

Thanks for this great report series and greetings
CaptainRed

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-02-10 13:33:47 and read 8992 times.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 41):
just realized that I read your reports in the wrong order, oops. But this episode was another awesome read, well written with truly fascinating pictures.

No problem, just enjoy as you read!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 41):
Ouch, that's tough. But for sure a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so why not. Definitely great to get so close to gorillas living in the wild.

Yeah, it's pricey but worth it

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 41):
Also quite impressed by ET, service seemed to be quite good and the food looked mostly good as well.

Yeah, ET were very good, would like to try them longhual now

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: infodesk
Posted 2012-02-11 02:45:10 and read 8888 times.

Hi Gabriel,

Another excellent installment. What an experience it must have been to see the gorillas up that close - you have so many wonderful photos. I'm sure that's something you'll remember for the rest of your life.

As for the genocide memorial, what harrowing images.

ET - well, I was certainly surprised, especially considering they did better than SN! I love the little touches such as the notepaper and aviation snacks. You say the food didn't taste great, but the it certainly looks nice on the pictures, especially the first meal.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Still, thanks ET – you saved me enough money to phone home.

Pun intended I guess?!

Happy flying
Infodesk   

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: eastafspot
Posted 2012-02-11 04:38:17 and read 8840 times.

Hi again,

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 40):

Well, it was the only loical beer.

ha ok, it makes sense now sorry to read you could not get anything else

Quoting groobster (Reply 39):

You should check it out! $6 entry

that's a good deal, for visitors or locals?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 40):
Sorry, what did I write wrong?

Gisenyi is now named RUBAVU, however it will take few year for people to switch from the old name.  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 40):

Unfair how?

last time the reception team suggested more choice, it has probably recently changed.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 40):
You should do

according to your report, there is a nice way to burn some miles.


Again, thank you very much for sharing with us

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-02-11 06:36:10 and read 8800 times.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 43):

Another excellent installment.

Thank you Hannah

Quoting infodesk (Reply 43):
What an experience it must have been to see the gorillas up that close - you have so many wonderful photos. I'm sure that's something you'll remember for the rest of your life.

Yeah, it was quite something

Quoting infodesk (Reply 43):

ET - well, I was certainly surprised, especially considering they did better than SN! I love the little touches such as the notepaper and aviation snacks. You say the food didn't taste great, but the it certainly looks nice on the pictures, especially the first meal.

Yeah, presentation was good, but the food not excellent

Quoting infodesk (Reply 43):
Pun intended I guess?!

Yes!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 44):
that's a good deal, for visitors or locals?

For visitors - cheaper for Rwandans I guess?

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 44):
Gisenyi is now named RUBAVU, however it will take few year for people to switch from the old name.

Oh, that's one I hadn't heard about - thanks for the info

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: palmjet
Posted 2012-02-11 11:52:49 and read 8701 times.

Hi Gab

I have very much enjoyed this latest series of reports from you. Fantastic stuff. This part is probably my favourite so far. Some amazing pics of your travels and great to see an ET narrowbody report on here. They are pretty rare. Looks like you had a nice experience with them, and agree with the other posters that the traditional uniform worn by one of the flight attendants was fantastic.

I've heard good things about transferring at Bole, and the fact that ET really are leaps and bounds ahead of their competitors, including KQ.

Great that you were able to snap so many photos without being yelled at or told to delete them - what's your secret?

Thanks so much for posting these reports and I look forward to the next sector on LX in F !

Cheers P/jet

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-02-11 23:26:42 and read 8602 times.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 46):

I have very much enjoyed this latest series of reports from you. Fantastic stuff.

Thanks very much!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 46):
This part is probably my favourite so far. Some amazing pics of your travels and great to see an ET narrowbody report on here. They are pretty rare. Looks like you had a nice experience with them, and agree with the other posters that the traditional uniform worn by one of the flight attendants was fantastic.

Yeah, I had some great flights with ET

Quoting palmjet (Reply 46):
I've heard good things about transferring at Bole, and the fact that ET really are leaps and bounds ahead of their competitors, including KQ.

Well, I didn't do a proper transfer, but yes, I think normally it is quite quick and easy for Africa

Quoting palmjet (Reply 46):
Great that you were able to snap so many photos without being yelled at or told to delete them - what's your secret?

Being very self consious and not worrying if the photo is actually awful!

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: MSS658
Posted 2012-02-12 08:03:21 and read 8518 times.

Hi Gabriel

Nice continuation of your Africa series! ET sure did look good, they are a welcome addition to the Star Alliance IMO. I'm very impressed with the service you recieved on these legs. The seats look good as well.
Like the KGL pics as well!


Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-02-12 12:14:29 and read 8468 times.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 48):

Nice continuation of your Africa series!

Thanks!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 48):
ET sure did look good, they are a welcome addition to the Star Alliance IMO.

They are! Shame they don't operate a few more intra-EU hops

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 48):
Like the KGL pics as well!

Thank you!

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: LXM83
Posted 2012-02-24 05:39:18 and read 7663 times.

Hello gabrielchew

What an amazing report! From the pictures, it looks as if Rwanda is quite well organized.

Looking forward to reading the next part.

Best regards,
LXM83

Topic: RE: Africa 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ. To Zanzibar In C
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-02-25 10:20:08 and read 7395 times.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 50):

What an amazing report

Thanks!

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 50):
From the pictures, it looks as if Rwanda is quite well organized.

Yes, it is easy to get around, although the topography means it can take a while even though distances are quite short


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