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Sunshine in BURUNDI? Kenya Airways to LHR via CPT - Premier World (J)

Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:33 pm

Hello fellow A.netters,


To be honest with you, I did not intend to publish this report, however, the nice comment posted by fellow member 345tas on my previous TR, suggested otherwise:

RwandAir flagships:WB701 London to Kigali, A330-300 in Business Class

345tas wrote:
Great detailed report. Surely they are going to kill the BRU-LGW tag if that's the loads they are getting?

Would be great to see pics from Burundi, too.


So let's have a deeper look into what you've clicked for :)


THE CONTEXT


Burundi, the tiny landlocked country in Central East Africa, faced a deep political crisis back in 2015. Being based in Kigali – Rwanda at that time, I had to cancel a trip to the capital city, Bujumbura, one week only before protests, violence, fear, socio-economic decline and deepening social fractures characterised the beginning of the President’s third term in July 2015.

Rwanda expelled more than 1500 burundians after they refused to be moved to refugee camps. The crackdown followed a period of Rwandans being expelled from Burundi since April 2015, when Burundi’s political crisis exploded.

Bujumbura maintaining its accusations of meddling against its neighbour sparked the diplomatic row. Burundi’s president accuses Rwanda of supporting the rebels fighting against his government. Hence Burundians often look askance at Rwandan citizens (like myself) when traveling to its twin country.

Time to stop buying the blah blah that some western medias want us to believe and debunk some misconceptions that harm badly the image of this fragile nation.

While claiming miles online, a funny coincidence showed that my 100th flight with Kenya Airways occurred in June too, during the memorable NBO – CPT sector.

For your pleasure, this trip report unfolds these highlights:

1/ A glimpse of Bujumbura city and enchanting Burundi.
2/ Bujumbura – Kigali – Nairobi, KQ in Y & RwandAir in J.
3/ The Simba Lounge, T1A Nairobi airport.
4/ Nairobi – Cape Town – Nairobi, nifty souvenirs for the 100th with KQ in J.
5/ KQ's flagship Pride Lounge, T1A Nairobi airport.
6/ Nairobi – London, KQ in J.


DISCLAIMER

If aviation related photos are all from a trip in June, non aviation pictures were taken on three different occasions this year, using different equipments. Thus I would like to apologize for the inconsistent quality.



PART I: Bujumbura city and the country of the southernmost source of the Nile River


Except during a compulsory business trip, any visitor should avoid staying at the too overrated Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika, not centrally located and lacking of genuine African ambience.


Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika with its distinctive clay tennis courts and pool
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The best kept secret residence lies on the lakeside at Kabondo area (near the pitch where the current president likes to play/train twice weekly):

The hotel Safari Gate in the city center and near a western standards hospital, offers rooms ranging from usd 60 to usd 200 for suites, a 24h/7 security, 2 nice pools, a fitness center, 2 restaurants, meeting rooms and an excellent customer service.


View from the roof top restaurant "La Brise"
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Safari Gate hotel recommended by the Lonely Planet travel guide.
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A spacious executive room with A/C
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TV screen on the small side, underneath you have a fridge.
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Bathroom
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Standard balcony towards the pool
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Bathroom's view: garden covered with lush vegetation
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Les Paillotes Beach restaurant (where breakfast is served)
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Stunning view (hippos frequently come here in the evening to feed themselves), with DR Congo in the background
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Regular ferry plying the route to the south
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Part of the free breakfast: gorgeous fruit platter
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Excellent for dinner despite closing a bit too early like 8h30 – 9ish pm ( mukeke meunière and grilled quarter chicken)
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If you want to swim nearby (a 3 min car drive or 15 min walk), the public beach at the end of Avenue de la Plage next to the (quiet) harbour will satisfy your urgent need, especially with young children.


First things first; have you ever been millionaire in your life :D?
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A quick and cheap ride – allowed outside the city center ring.
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Sandy beach in town
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Fun playground for kids
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A few ships
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Let's go to Le Cercle Nautique (nautical club)
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Hippos gathering
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You can hire one of the many cuddy boats (up to 8 people) for only usd 150 per hour...
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...Or you can chill out with a lager and fried ndagala (small fishes) at the sunset of your busy day.
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If you are not yet tired of moving around, 200 meters away from this great boutique hotel, one can find the Musée Vivant (Living Museum). Entrance fee will cost you a ridiculous BIF 10 000 pp to spend a couple of hours or half a day here. (Bank/official rates: 1 usd/eur =BIF 1750/2060, forex/black market rates: 1 usd/eur = BIF 2700/3100).

Although being one of the main tourist attraction in Bujumbura, unfortunately it is almost neglected. Several species of animals have disappeared and are not replaced. The space is very small because they rely mostly on foreign donors and funds. Thus, this worldwide call to anyone who is willing to send animals or, for a good cause, invest her/his precious time or more to rehabilitate this dusty but well governed institution.


Tempête grounds, the Living Museum (Musée Vivant) at the far right.
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You can even pay usd 4 to sacrifice a cute guinea pig for the reptile snack. Yup so cruel, but extremely distracting for a few minutes!
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Eating a slice of pineapple
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One female and one male but no offspring yet (according to the guide, the male doesn't want to :D )!
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Even though this python is just a teen, would you be brave enough to cuddle up it?
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At a local joint for more meat yeah, delicious beef shank and classic Burundian grilled goat skewers
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While temperatures are still warm, why not keeping on walking further north at an average pace?
You reach already the city centre after 15 min. Unlike Kigali or Kampala, moto taxi (or reckless boda boda), three-wheeler Bajaj and bicycles are not allowed to circulate in city centre.

So, if you want to get around outside the center, head off to main bus station at the central market where the good network links the outskirts of the town.


Boulevard du 1er Novembre, still no skyscraper, but the new 2045 Masterplan will put some nice ones!
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Bwiza area
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Central bus station next to the previously devastated main market
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"Brussels Airlines, non stop flights from Bujumbura to Europe and the World" advert
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Uphill, the posh area of Kiriri
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A typical place for mzungu, le Marché Fleuri (The Flowery Market)
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No need of special bargaining skills, prices are usually ok
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The future presidential palace in Gasenyi suburb
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Built by the Chinese, it should have been inaugurated this month in December 2017...
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A huge sharing platter of tender goat leg (akaguru kimpene) with fried plantains and cassava (uburobe), picture doesn't do justice to it, my bad :(
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Nyakabiga area with a power outage; in the background, Mutanga
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History and architecture wise, welcome to a crossroad with lots of trouble in the past. Most symbols honor short term local presidents, friendly nations which help the country or European grand influence. Coupled with the Kenyan and Congolese visitors, that makes a surprising mix.

A very light sample:

"Dr. Livingstone, I presume "...
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The monument engraving: Livingstone – Stanley, 25th of November 1871
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Mugere river and palm trees, near the meeting point of the two British explorers
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On duty soldier reconverted briefly as a photographer ;)
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At the bottom left, is the aforesaid man station
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Mausoleum of Prince Louis Rwagasore: Unity, Work, Progress
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Hazy view towards the city and lake
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Japan is definitely involved in Burundi!
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Monument of the Unknown Soldier
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A tour can't be completed without a sport venue:
In East Africa, soccer/football reigns along with running, anything else represents just hobbies...
I.e. When was the last time you've heard an East African country winning a major trophy in sport?

The main football stadium in Burundi, named after the very first Prime Minister Prince Louis Rwagasore
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At current President's hometown Ngozi, the spanking new pitch (built by the Chinese) is in much better shape for half the capacity. Just go figure...
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Total seating capacity of 12 000 when the Intamba m'Urugamba (= swallows) play !
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Certainly not the comfy Recaro seats... :D
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From the presidential box
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Where his Excellence President P. Nkurunziza sits during official games
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The astonishing journalists box
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Don't judge a book by its cover! this is one of the most renowned restaurant countrywide, for wealthy people/expats and locals: Kwa Mama Solo

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All Bujumbura have been here at least once to this simple yet delicious West African eatery, thus you have to queue here eveyday at lunch/dinner time (visited at around 4pm)...
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Sample of today's special
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Another one: mukeke with rice pilau and her homemade secret sauce
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UN's World Food Programme compound on the road to DR of Congo (Chaussée d'Uvira)
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Fancying a private and/or custom made tour with an expert? Contact Home Tours leader, Hippolyte, at the hotel's reception desk for day drips or any special request. Surely he will suggest you a safe and problem free journey according to your needs at a very competitive price!


Welcome to the Rusizi National Park
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At the time of visiting, half of park was closed off for improvements, to be completed next year (2019).
It costs only usd 30 pp with a private guide to get in (or equivalent in the local currency at the beneficial bank rate, not the black market rate, as managed by the government)
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Professional and knowledgeable staff provide you binoculars and suggest some itineraries according to your interests or animal movements.
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You can cruise upstream or downstream Rusizi river, the entire boat, for only usd 100 (same rate as above in local currency). FYI as the natural border, this small important river splits Rwanda and DR of Congo plus Burundi and DR of Congo.
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Pont de la Concorde! Well, it reminds me something in Paris – France :)
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Unfortunately, on the half of the park allowed; with my crappy pos camera, only hippos – again (you must be fed up of them now lol) could be caught. Antelopes, crocodiles and birds were only visible through the binoculars.
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One of the four great viewing decks.
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Where the Rusizi river meets Lake Tanganyika with some nice bird species (did not carry my photo lens sorry!)
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"Black and White Pub" near the Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika
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Burundi should also impose the community work, like in Rwanda, to keep the beaches clean and attractive.
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Very lively during the week end or after 5pm...
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Gitega, the 2nd largest city located exactly in the middle of the country, is also a tourist destination on its own for a couple of days or even three. The mild climate and the few attractions make it a pleasant city. One should definitely visit the National Museum, the German boma, Tambourinaires (Drummers)... etc...
This time though, it was just a transit point before going to the south in the Rutana Province!


Iwacu Center Hotel
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National road RN2 to Bujumbura
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Monument of Melchior Ndadaye (can you spot the police officers group behind?)
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Main street, taken from the rather good Helena Hotel (mostly used by NGOs and/or for provincial government meetings)
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Rutana town, capital of the eponym Province
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Road junction
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The main goal you should have in mind for coming to Rutana is undoubtly to see the White Nile river source, that joins later the Blue Nile river in Khartoum – Sudan.
As there are still no indication/roadsign, you need a vehicle (preferably a 4wd) and a guide to reach there, after a short 20 min drive from Rutana town. Of course other natural beauties must not be skipped.


The Karera Falls consist of four waterfalls that have a height ranging from 30 to 60 meters.
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From the top of the biggest fall
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The hot springs of Muhweza, in phase of modernization thanks to the UNDP, are formed by two basins supplied by ascending springs ( up to 37.3°C), one for men and the other one, more secret reserved to women.
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Beautiful natural landscapes.
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The ingenious Pyramid of Rutovu 
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If you are wondering!
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The southernmost source of the longest river in the world spurts at an altitude of 2 044m and at 6 895 km from its contact point with the Mediterranean Sea – The Nile river in Burundi
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In case you are thinking of it, a big no, you can't swim in it !!
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Back to the capital
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All in all, many interesting places to keep you busy for at least a full week. My next 3 must do are doubtless:

- Admiring a live performance of the UNESCO recognized drummers (Tambourinaires) ,
- Exploring the Kibira National Park,
- Hiking the German Fault near the Tanzanian border,
- Bathing in the newly built Mugara Hot Springs infrastructures


Concerning the vibrant nightlife, when you fancy going out, various respectable spots are dotted in cluster at the sort of CBD. Be ready to lots of Congolese influences. The struggle you will have is to make up your mind on the place to choose... ;)

The French Cultural Center or Institut Français du Burundi holds weekly a few appealing events, one of them was for the yearly launch of the Beaujolais Nouveau red wine (always crap, if you ask me..) the 3rd thurday of November. A party in Bujumbura was organized, while we were there, so we had to give it a try.

Many activities, attractions and shows, such as the sublime Choir of Bujumbura performing international songs ( in dire need of support/sponsor to level up their talent if you can/wish to help them financially or with your skills).

An official version of this photo is available here ( you can aslo see yours truly) .
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A hilarious comedy, also intelligible to non French speaking expatriates/visitors, from Karla Pollux and Aurélien Kairo

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The Arena Club in town, a classy bar to invite clients/friends (notice the VIP-like table in the middle of the pool)!
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Not sophisticated but decent catering too.
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One of the greatest Congolese singers, Koffi Olomidé; too bad leaving the country happened 3 days prior his giant concerts :(
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The Zion Beach venue, perfect for a karaoke, concert, drink and at 2 mins walking distance from the Hotel Safari Gate.
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Re: Sunshine in BURUNDI? Kenya Airways to LHR via CPT - Premier World (J)

Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:44 pm

As Nelly Furtado sings, all good things come to an end...
A stop at Kigali was compulsory in order to drop some belongings.

Kenya Airways 5th freedom hop between BJM – KGL is rather convenient. Indeed, it saves from a time consuming 9h bus journey (not direct & non stop anymore since Burundi barred transport vehicles from crossing the border into Rwanda in August 2016).

Bujumbura airport landside
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Check-in desks
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Airside
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Probably the one and only capital airport in this world without business class lounge; this one is accessible to VIP & officials exclusively... or for USD 5 in cash (or more) to a lenient police officer ;-)
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(From November trip)
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KQ440
Bujumbura – Kigali
14:25 – 15:10 (00h45)
Embraer 190
Economy



(From November trip) Terminal building shaped like the traditional rugos (= local houses)
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Low flying altitude (18000 ft max) allows amazing views to the countryside. Flight duration (20 mins) prevents the crew from serving a round of drink/snack.


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Harbour and the south of the city
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Myself, instead of going straight back to France from Kigali, I decided to secure the SkyTeam Elite Plus status (Flying Blue Gold) another year by trying KQ's new route to the Mother City via both sides of the Victoria Falls.

RwandAir had planned to open its own premium lounge back in May 2017, for the London Gatwick inaugural thus I had bought a flight combining WB/KQ. Unfortunately for me, the outset of this place has been postponed until Q2 next year. Anyway, Skytrax award of 4th Best Regional Airline in Africa is totally deserved for 2017:


RwandAir drive around the J pax in style!!
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I reckon only airlines from the Middle East do include such treatment :) !
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WB402
Kigali – Nairobi
17:50 – 20:15 (01h25)
Boeing 738
Business



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Kigali airport terminal building
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A satisfactory recliner seat for 1h30 flight time
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Hot dinner to Nairobi: very tasty chicken and fried plantains, can't remember the pudding.
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BSI
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Transit in Nairobi was quiet a pain. The dedicated arrival terminal T1E is not suitable for transfers and did not have any sign to show directions. Even JKIA staff were clueless on where to connect to the international terminal without going through the immigration posts. On the very far left side, a hidden door to a staircase leads to a security scan. Then you have to cruise to the other side of the circle shaped terminal T1 after passing another X ray scan.

Skyteam premium travellers can chill out into two lounges (well, technically three, if you include the one located at gate 6 in T2C). Between 5.30am and 8 am and/or 8pm to 11pm, in order to avoid the crowd, an advice for any traveller having a late night flight:

Please make yourself comfortable at the 2nd (read new) Simba Lounge located at the main atrium upstairs near the Sheri Palm Spa as it's always quieter and cosier than KQ's flagship Pride lounge. It closes at midnight after the Asian/CDG flights and displays the same food & drink/view/smoking room also a specific lounge that can be privatize for parties/functions or where you can watch live sport games but less equipments (Showers and tablets).

Have a look at it:

Entrance similar to the one before the fire blaze in 2013
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Armchairs at the right facing the apron
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Maasai necklace crafts
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Evening trafic with gate 21
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Bookable VIP section.
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Dinner buffet
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You do have sometimes the African staple food, ugali...
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KQ782
Nairobi – Cape Town
Via Livingstone (Zambia)
07:20 – 13:35 (07h15)
Embraer 190
Business


The first part to Cape Town happened to be uneventful, following the tasty breakfast served by the kind crew Joseph, I sporadically dozed off up to Livingstone – Zambia. C cabin was 83% full.
3 travellers in C got off at LVI, none joined us for maybe 30 pax in Y.


Maximum recline
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Hot breakfast out of Nairobi: Mushroom Omelet, Hash Brown Potatoes, Courgette and Tomato Provencal.
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Approaching Livingstone airport
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Relatively new building
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Soon after take off from runway 10, cockpit crew rewarded all customers from choosing Kenya Airways. For my 100th flight, what a great present! Thank you very much!

Instead of keeping flying south, announcement from the flight deck stated the VicFalls visible for those seated on the right hand side. But to avoid any "jealousy", they decided to fly the plane over the falls twice (one for each side of the plane)... What a stunning scenic moment, moreover free of charge! I'm not sure how can they get such authorization with their flight plan but, everyone onboard enjoyed very much the show, phones and cameras at hand.

(There are about 80 pictures and 3 videos, so here is only a light sample LOL)

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Downtown Livingstone
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Victoria Falls town with its train station visible
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For those who missed one of my previous trip report with a fabulous domestic NZR train ride (Bulawayo – Victoria Falls) in Zimbabwe, check it now:

African Spirits #4: Air Zimbabwe B737 - 200

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A usd 165 pp helicopter's Flight of Angels... or complimentary, thanks to Kenya Airways' crew :-)
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The Royal Livingstone Hotel
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AVANI Victoria Falls Resort
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The Kingdom Hotel in Zimbabwe
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Downtown Victoria Falls city
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Then a tasty lunch followed. I settled for an American movie that could equal the beauty of the Planet Earth and gazing outside at the Okavango delta.

Okavango delta in Botswana
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LVI – CPT lunch with hake (fish)
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Snow in South Africa
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Landing on time, no wait at the immigration and I went to pick up the rental car.

Cape Town is one of my favorite city on the continent. Despite having being there twice, I could never to go to the top of Table Mountain due to either lack of time or bad weather conditions. Glad this time I could make it.

I stayed one night at the comfortable and modern Hotel Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands which offered a no brainer deal at €32 per night/no breakfast...(usually one can expect 90 -150 euro per night in many locations worldwide).


Finally, I've made it to the top of Table Mountain – yeah!
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Calamari starter at Spur Steak Ranches
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A really good value chain, i.e. This mouthwatering 500g T-Bone steak for only ZAR 170
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Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:46 pm

Interesting! Nice to see a report from deep core Africa! So vibrant. Will you ever plan to visit DRC? Once I was planning to cross in to Goma from Gisenyi, and go overland to Kisangani... but after what I saw floating on Lake Kivu and suddenly my camera mysteriously stopped operating, I had to cancel the plan. Interestingly, leaving Gisenyi back to Kigali, my camera started working again! Sorry for the ramble... Hope I could make it back to Africa soon. Looking forward in reading your flight journey! Thanks for sharing the photos.
 
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Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:48 pm

After returning the rental car at Hertz office, (which fooled me because they added some obscure charges and included a fee for filling up the tank which I nonetheless did it – with the BP petrol station receipt prior handing over the key), I walked to the upper level at the check in area. The friendly SA contracted staff tagged the luggage up to Montpellier instead of, as per the booking, Paris CDG.


Beautiful architecture
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Quick and efficient check-in procedure
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Like JNB, most intercontinental flights depart in the evening, so only the domestic screening was busy. In no time airside, I stocked up on delicious biltong snacks and headed off to the multi airlines Bidvest Lounge located at the mezzanine, where a delayed EK fustrated premium passengers inside.


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Airy and luminous
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It matches with the JNB one though on the smaller side, great F&B offering, view to the terminal (here a glimpse to the apron too), vast individual toilet/shower cabin, SA magazines/newspapers, reliable and fast wifi and nice furnitures.


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Main room
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More seating
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Some of the booze
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Cold and hot options
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Sparkling wine really sweet and disgusting!
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A Star Alliance majority
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Boarding process began on time, but we were put on hold for a while inside the jetbridge.
Apparently, a one off B738 was scheduled on that route in August 2017, otherwise be ready to endure 7h in an Embraer 190.
Exactly the same crew as the eve, so warm and personalized welcome! 50% LF in J and 80% in Y..
We took off 30 minutes behind the schedule for unknown reason.
Immediately after Wayingu took the lunch order and distributed the rudimentary headphones.


KQ793
Cape Town – Nairobi
Via Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
14:25 – 22:10 (06h45)
Embraer 190
Business



A 1 – 2 lay out in business class, could be worse for the next 7h.
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No coaster?
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Take off video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QANd11g6RlM


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CPT
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Why on earth did I pay to go to Table Mountain the eve??? :D
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No suggestion of reading material prior taking off, while my favorite paper was on stock!
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No tablecloth anymore? (Spicy meat balls)
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Sorry I was starving and asked for a second course. (Pumpkin gnocchi)
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Sadly no more Amarula with KQ, thus sticking to Baileys
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Okavango delta, again
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Victoria Falls airport – VFA
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Landing video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32QLJwNrPlk


We landed slightly late, the lone international aircraft welcomed 6 passengers in J and roughly 45 pax in Y on this 2 sector trip at sunset.

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Original construction to bring an international dimension
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Old terminal, now dedicated to domestic ops
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As a venerable armchairs aviation expert, without any official figures and purely based on observing the 4 sectors loads like many A.net myths, I can conclude that this route is performing pretty well! ;)

As you can watch on the footage, Captain Keyra and his mate worked wonders with the free Flight of Angel as a gift like yesterday! So please folks, share your experiences if you too have flown KQ recently on that route, did you get free loops above the Mosi Oa Tunya?

Take off video and flying over the Falls (starting at 8:19):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpS_CMH6Xk0


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A huge mistake from the cabin crew that considerably ruined the night experience over the Falls! ;-)
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Service wise it was a certified copy of the previous leg.

Sarah, one of the crew, asked a service related question to a Chinese guy something like if he wanted a drink or anything else after the dinner. The customer, who seemed totally lost/confused, rushed instantly to the Y cabin. 3 minutes later he pointed out to the staff his Chinese colleague. The latter did the interpreter for both parties to get a cup of tea for his alleged boss. I found amusing the puzzled crew face during the "long" minutes of his disappearance!


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Minus 300 on the Scoville scale, well, bread rolls tasted spicier than the peri peri sauce chicken ...!
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Too bad the traces from crew fingers or tongs certainly!
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I mostly spent time discussing with 4A Kenyan chap
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Landing video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKcgZpnIumQ

Late landing, and we parked at T1D where a paxbus drove us to the T1A.

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A bit delayed
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The downside of willing to experience the new London timetable appears on the longish lay over of 10h at JKIA. (Technically half way between CPT – VFA , I was already requalified as Flying Blue Gold).

At closing time of the nice Simba Lounge, I made my way to KQ's flagship lounge – open 24/7 to settle down and starting writing this TR. Every now and then, a break needed to buy trendy African stuffs including sandals, mine were near to death.

4th floor at gate 17
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The African version of Skyteam Lounge iconic vegetal wall ;-)
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Seating with the best views to the traffic
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Like that (taken later)
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KQ B788 5Y-KZG, sporting the « Magical Kenya » livery, taxiing out
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Dining room
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When I left the Pride Lounge to buy the sandals, mostly NBO/KQ staff strolled there, either for cleaning or for resting/break time. They were all polite and quiet so not a big deal!

Near gate 15, a coloured old tired man, holding a BP in his hand, was begging in French everyone passing by if he/she could assist him. Like in many streets of this world, most of people ignored him, in this case, mainly due to the language barrier, I presume.

Initially, I paid little to no attention to his request and showed him the direction of the infos desk not to far.
However, having 8h to spare before KQ100, intrigued by this "Mzee", he told me that he nor his wife – sitting on one of the bench nearby – could speak any English word properly. (Mine is lackustre though)!

Basically, after visiting their oldest daughter, studying in Roma, their return journey with the clowns at Ethiopian Airlines was a comedy of errors. Tuth be told, they were living a nightmare and were stucked here with no information and no assistance!

They departed FCO with a 2h delay for technical issue and were told by the staff in Italy that everything should be all right for the rest of the trip to Madagascar (TNR). Upon landing at ADD, as the pilots could not make up the delay, they missed the connecting flight and were told they would be rebooked on the horribly late evening flight, which finally got cancelled by ET due operational reasons!?!

Stranded in ADD in a miserable position for their venerable age plus with no option to choose from, an ET agent suggested a midday flight to NBO and then the KQ option to TNR, forcing them to endure a 53h trip including this long wait at NBO... It was extremely shocking the way Ethiopian treat passengers in case of IRROPS, let alone the elderly people! To add insult to injury, they had not received any food/drink or zero assistance since they arrived in NBO.

Honestly, I could not believe my ears/eyes until I felt obliged to help them!

Now It sheds light on why ET suggests so very attractive fares if customer service is so crap! Think twice before booking with Ethiopian. In case of you are clearly left on your own somewhere far from your homecountry :-( .

Admittedly, it was not a piece of cake to solve their tricky situation. While waiting for positive answers, the retired Police officer ("Gendarme" in accurate French) obviously revealed me that Ethiopian Airlines sucks from A to Z and they will never fly again with them. And he was 110% right. I explained them about the EC261/2004 compensation (when we exchanged mails last November, without hope they were still waiting for an answer from ET) and the fact they should expect food & drinks and eventually accomodation during long lay over.

KQ staff, especially Lavy, handled perfectly the issue on behalf of indifferent and apathetic ET staffs, that clearly showed no sign of interest of their problem. The worst thing is that 30 other travellers got the same issues as this couple, but people started getting upset to KQ staff that had nothing to do with the orign of the problem in ADD & Ethiopian...! (sigh).

This innocent elderly couple was granted a much needed invitation to the foremost KQ Simba lounge ( unfortunately no shower for them) opposite to the Government and/or smoking Lounge at gate 6 that seemed to be the strict minimum they should have been allowed now and even hours before. We shared a last drink at 3.30am (yup, you read correctly, 2.5 long hours to find a suitable solution) and I made sure that their luggages would follow them on the flight and they would report on time at 8.30 am first at the transfer desk to check the gate and then will be directed to the correct flight.

Back to the Pride Lounge – sleeping zone
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(sorry for the blurry picture)
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Newspapers stand before the morning (local) newspapers
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Free to use Samsung gadgets – no printer though!
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Complimentary shower kit offered
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After a quick search with the tool, I believe this the first report covering both lounges in NBO.

By the way, don't be shy to visit there, especially if you are on a night lay over, subject to availability, anyone can enter here or to the Simba one after paying a small fee of usd 40.

At 5 am, the morning wave of pax started flowing into the spacious lounge but got quickly crammed.
NBO staff set up the breakfast buffet for the arriving passengers. To catch forty winks I settled down on the one and only place you can view arriving/departing traffic, at the right after the lounge entrance... Just in case!


Outside view from the dining area shown above (taken in the morning too)
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The largest of the 2 bars
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A tastier variant is poached eggs with spinach
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(Past midnight, low light due to energy saving, and cleaning)
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Second (smaller) bar near the smoking room
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Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:52 pm

1h pior departure, the boarding gate almost deserted would predict a light load.
Heck no way, the jetbridge being jam packed meant that the British clients inconsciously endorse the Ryanair attitude by anticipating boarding ??


Time to reach G17
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3rd time with Zambezi River (a wink to something cool the days before?)
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At the time of writing, except the BKK-HKG-BKK sectors (now axed), all intercontinental flights were nearly full in both cabins in 2017. For the best of East Africa and Kenya!


KQ100
Nairobi - London
9:20 - 16:15 (08h55)
Boeing 788
Business



The angled lie seat, Zodiac Aura Lite is definitely comfortable even though not full access. A new pouch less attractive was already there in one of the few storages.
Usual pre-departure procedures, welcoming charming crew, an orange juice, local newspapers and a weekly American magazine and then we left!


Seats 2G&H (Taken upon disembarking)
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For British travellers, a few years ago Virgin Atlantic was scheduling from Nairobi a morning departure that allowed also great views all the way. One could glimpse the magnificient Mount Kenya outside!

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For skillful climbers : the challenging Mount Kenya culminating at 5199 m
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The breakfast menu was handed over and the windows were not darkened at once quickly by the crew which was reassuring!
Next to me, the Norwegian lady dived into bed after breakfast main course.
After a quick cabin tour, only 7 min afterwards I imitated her for an impressive 4h deep sleep.


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« Paneer and Vegetable Brochette, Sauteed Mushrooms Maxim Potatoes, Sauteed Spinach and Grilled Tomatoes » an interesting discovery, for sure !
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(Taken at home)
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Lip balm and shoe-horn are sadly no more :-(
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More than 2m to stretch out your legs under or not the thick warm blanket :-)
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Second cabin : no upgrade and no seat left..
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First cabin : same story here, completely full :-)
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Frequent visits from the crew, in case you needed anything !
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Waking up over Egypt, time to continue the job, at 1pm UK time.
The "incredible" news was the onboard bar set up, 3rd time to see it out 8 flights on their Dream)liner (+1 on their 77W).
Actually, you can just tell your wish and the caring crew will bring over to your seat in no time! A perfect G&T to warm you up along with some cashew nuts (no photo sorry)!

The flight duration is slightly longer (20-30 min mostly due to circling over London ) than CDG/AMS, hence it was surprising to get a second hot meal served above the Greek Islands. It tasted great, I'm just disappointed because there are no choice anymore for starter, but if this cost cutting measure can turn the airline into profitability asap then, it's approved!

The Egyptian path (instead of Libya) since 2011, still a no fly zone?
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Feeling thirsty ?
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Wine list
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Lunch menu
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Warm bread roll
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Salad of Marinated Grilled Vegetables, Quenelle of Babaganoush
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Slow Cooked Grilled Beef Medallion, Balsamic Jus, Pureed Potatoes with Leeks, Sauteed Broccoli and turned Carrots
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Cognac and cappucino
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Ok, one of the main reasons to select KQ over the competitors, be them African or European, is their incredibly African music library. They certainly have the finest and trendiest especially with the East African, Naija and South African tunes.

The movie I tried to watch did not live up to the expectations but it did not matter as for once I got the best side to enjoy stunning views over Europe's finance capital!


Hang Over 3 movie was like watching grass grow...
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One of Kenya Airways' many attributes :)
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An excellent responsive touchscreen TV
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The next carrier !
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I spent one hour at the Skyteam Lounge, before boarding Air France A320 to CDG, quite full!


Kenya Airways B788 5Y-KZB at London LHR
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See you soon Zambezi River !
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AF1281
London LHR – Paris CDG
17:35 – 19:50 (01h15)
Airbus A320
Business



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Preparing KQ101 to Nairobi
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Afternoon menu
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AF C class meal
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FINAL THOUGHTS


1/ Burundi

Bujumbura is far from a rundown dirty city as one could think. Currently it's impressive the number of Police Officers, soldiers and armed force on the streets, hence security is enforced. Most (if not all?) Burundians are welcoming, friendly and... honest, I mean they are not trying to rip tourist off!
Werstern medias news and foreign travel advices must be taken with grain of salt. You now have the proof that traveling to Burundi is safe, and moreover, you'll enjoy your stay!


2/ Kenya Airways

My shuttles between Europe and Rwanda/Southern Africa over the years have been mainly focused on Kenya Airways.

Since the first flight in 2001, generously offered by my dad for being graduated cost 4000 French francs (EUR 800 at today's rate) on a CDG-AMS-NBO-CDG, where with my best pal we'd thoroughly enjoyed the most of delights of AMS during our layover, they are consistent and reliable.

Despite facing many challenges/competitors even from East Africa with RwandAir and soon Air Tanzania with its B787, they remain the one and only Pride Of Africa, even if sometimes small details are forgotten especially on continental services!

Surely, they might certainly not be the best carrier covering the globe, but they don't let you down if something unexpected happens !

As a simple conclusion, there are some of my stats with KQ right after that TR and 102 sectors (distances in miles) :


1/ Number of destinations travelled/total: 16/53 (30%)
AMS, BJM, CDG, CPT, DXB, EBB, HKG, HRE, JNB, KGL, KIS, LHR, LUN, LLW, NBO and MBA.

11 African destinations
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5 intercontinental routes
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1/ Most flown sector: Nairobi – Kigali (23/102) with a majority of KQ448 (9)
3/ Shortest leg flown: Kigali – Bujumbura, 110 miles
4/ Longest leg: HKG – NBO, 5427 miles
5/ Average/total distances: 1337 miles, like a NBO – FIH, meaning 6,2 times a round the world or 64% earth to the moon distance, translating into 336 hours nonstop spent in their tubes.
6/ Class of travel: 76 Y / 26J
7/ Aircrafts: E70/E90/733/737/738/767/772/77W/787 with mostly 737 all variants!
8/ Special liveries: EMB190 Skyteam (NBO – KIS), EMB190 - 900th from Embraer (KGL – NBO) so 50% (2/4)
9/ Fifth freedom sector: 1/9, Kigali – Bujumbura return, 7 times



FUN FACTS:

*Flights cancelled by KQ: 0 (= yes, Zero...)
*Scheduled flights changed by more than 30 min : 0 (Yes, exactly the same)
*Number of upgrade: 0/102 (albeit 2 with AF, 1 with Garuda)
*Diversion: 1/102 on a KGL-NBO via BJM, that landed at MBA instead.
*Celebrities: RwandAir CEO (January 2015), KQ's former CEO (November 2016)
*Liters of Tusker Lager drunk: 1,66 meaning 5 cans
*Liters of champagne: 4,7 or 6,26 bottles or 37,6 glasses


NB: The old couple landed at odd hours in Madagascar, with all their luggages on time. They sent a claim to ET for the insane delay in July, but so far apart from an automated answer, they haven't seen any apologies nor goodwill gesture from Ethiopian. (From the last discussion with them in November 2017)!



EDIT: At the 31st of December 2017, the updated figures show that now:

118 flights, including 2 generous upgrades... but for the rest of the stats, you will have to wait the 200th version of this report.


The very first upgrade from KQ.
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Many thanks for reading until the end of this long trip report, hope you enjoyed!

Comments and corrections are always valuable, so feel free :)

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Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:17 am

Nice TR and good photos. Libya seems to be avoided by most European careers going to Los and SA airports and most seem to route through Tunisia.
 
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the windows were not darkened at once quickly by the crew which was reassuring

This is my pet peeve on 787s. Most operators are dreadful at this. A big tick for KQ! I like the Simba paws on the socks too. As you say, Burundi is just another country, like anywhere you have to be aware of your surroundings and yourself. The same is true of many unfortunate nations around the world that have bee n deliberately tarnished by the media.
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Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:42 am

Great trip report. Thank you for taking the time . The KQ meals look awesome.
 
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Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:54 am

Bonjour EastAfSpot!!!

I thoroughly enjoyed this trip report complete with fun photos and valuable information! And thank you, as always, for sharing these traveling journeys around Africa! Mérci!!!

I learned a few things from this trip report thanks to you:

+ Kenya Airways all-day!
+ Ethiopian Airlines like never!
+ Burundi for food, glorious food!
+ Air France l’espace Europe catering is still good!
+ Watch for wild animals (I have a fear of reptiles, so no zoo visits for me!)
+ Bujumbura is only 1-stop away from LAX!
+ Lager and crispy baby fish is totally my style! (From your food photos). I’m ordering that!!!
+ Don’t take Moto Taxi!
+ I want to learn more on how I can help financially to the aforementioned causes.


Now the travel business:

While mentioning in your report regarding SkyTeam Elite Plus retention, I thought of the recent mileage earnings devaluation from various Skyteam Programs and wondered to myself if status is worth attaining these days, as a whole.

Personally, I am happy as a Korean Air SKYPASS Member mainly for low mileage redemption rates in Prestige Class and First Class Cabin Awards to Asia; compared to the now-worthless Delta SkyMiles Membership I once had. For example, I spent 280,000 Delta SkyMiles (OFF-peak season!) for a LAX-ICN-LAX (via DTW) in DL Business Class versus 90,000 KE Business Class LAX-ICN-LAX (nonstop!) and both award seats were booked in off-peak season winter. But, I digress.


Bujumbura/Burundi/Africa:

Unfortunately, we as humans are quick to pass judgments on things we have little/no knowledge about due to fear of the unknown and media influence, for example.

I understand your point of view and I’m sorry you felt placed in a position to defend a locale; just the same as I have felt, on occasion, the need to defend the United States (where I was born) or even, North Korea (where my mother and her family were born).

As humans, we are fallible. By taking the extra time to share and create and educate the world with trip reports such as yours, you become vital in the process to correct false preconceived viewpoints on topics lesser-known.


Bon Courage! Mérci! Bonne Année!
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Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:45 pm

Hello guys, thank you so much for the great comments


hirofumi wrote:
Interesting! Nice to see a report from deep core Africa! So vibrant. Will you ever plan to visit DRC? Once I was planning to cross in to Goma from Gisenyi, and go overland to Kisangani... but after what I saw floating on Lake Kivu and suddenly my camera mysteriously stopped operating, I had to cancel the plan. Interestingly, leaving Gisenyi back to Kigali, my camera started working again! Sorry for the ramble... Hope I could make it back to Africa soon. Looking forward in reading your flight journey! Thanks for sharing the photos.


First of all, thank you hirofumi for the comment you left on the DXB – KGL – DXB trip report. At the moment I was about to reply, the report had vanished from A.net for unknown reason thus I would like to apologize.

I wish one day to go to DRC to do the volcano hike and more, when exactly? Not sure. If you too are interested to visit there let me know! :)
Hmmm tell us more what did you see on the Lake Kivu? there is a famous legend about it too... :D


aahammayo wrote:
Nice TR and good photos. Libya seems to be avoided by most European careers going to Los and SA airports and most seem to route through Tunisia.


Thanks for reading and commenting aahammayo and the info.
Do you know the actual reason? because on a SN flight to East Africa, the path was identical to what you wrote...

aerorobnz wrote:
the windows were not darkened at once quickly by the crew which was reassuring

This is my pet peeve on 787s. Most operators are dreadful at this. A big tick for KQ! I like the Simba paws on the socks too. As you say, Burundi is just another country, like anywhere you have to be aware of your surroundings and yourself. The same is true of many unfortunate nations around the world that have bee n deliberately tarnished by the media.


Thank you for also stopping at this report aerorobnz,
When the destination is not in the same time zone or by more than 3 hours, I understand that some operators want the passengers to take a good rythm. But like in that case (NBO-LHR) it would have been ridiculous...
I see you speak kiswahili, well done ;)
You are so right about the power of the media. Kenya was in that case too a few years ago, after the (thankfully one off event) Westgate mall attack in Nairobi, And what about Zimbabwe..?
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What an impressive report. Fantastic read and pictures. Thank you for sharing, Happy New Year!
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Wow, what an amazing feedback AirAfreak, very much appreciated !


AirAfreak wrote:
Bonjour EastAfSpot!!!

I thoroughly enjoyed this trip report complete with fun photos and valuable information! And thank you, as always, for sharing these traveling journeys around Africa! Mérci!!!

Words fail me to express my gratitude to you :) .

AirAfreak wrote:
I learned a few things from this trip report thanks to you:

+ Kenya Airways all-day!
+ Ethiopian Airlines like never!
+ Burundi for food, glorious food!
+ Air France l’espace Europe catering is still good!
+ Watch for wild animals (I have a fear of reptiles, so no zoo visits for me!)
+ Bujumbura is only 1-stop away from LAX!
+ Lager and crispy baby fish is totally my style! (From your food photos). I’m ordering that!!!
+ Don’t take Moto Taxi!
+ I want to learn more on how I can help financially to the aforementioned causes.


LOL, almost a perfect sum up. Congrats!
Don't get me wrong, ET is great airline only WHEN/IF there are no irrops....
It makes sense your fear for reptiles since the most dangerous snake, the boa constrictor, can only be found in your continent... hahaha
Yes, well theoritically, your home airport LAX is only 1-stop away from BJM, not with Brussels Airlines though but with its Star Alliance partner... Ethiopian (with a refueling stop in DUB).
These little fishes are staple food in Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia too but mostly cooked in a stew.
You are more than welcome to help, they will value very much your contribution – be it financially or technically. Would you prefer to start helping the Choir of Bujumbura or the Living Museum first? I can get in touch with the French Institute of Burundi for more info if you want, and will provide you extra details in PM.

AirAfreak wrote:
Now the travel business:

While mentioning in your report regarding SkyTeam Elite Plus retention, I thought of the recent mileage earnings devaluation from various Skyteam Programs and wondered to myself if status is worth attaining these days, as a whole.

Personally, I am happy as a Korean Air SKYPASS Member mainly for low mileage redemption rates in Prestige Class and First Class Cabin Awards to Asia; compared to the now-worthless Delta SkyMiles Membership I once had. For example, I spent 280,000 Delta SkyMiles (OFF-peak season!) for a LAX-ICN-LAX (via DTW) in DL Business Class versus 90,000 KE Business Class LAX-ICN-LAX (nonstop!) and both award seats were booked in off-peak season winter. But, I digress.


Indeed, You are absolutely right (and no you are not off topic as this is an important part of the travel experience). Nowadays it's better to stick with whichever is cheaper/more convenient, since in general, air fares have drastically decreased for the past 10-20 years.

Flying Blue rules will change from the 1st of April (commonly known as FB April fool's since 2009 devaluation) for a revenue based program. If you fly J you don't need the Elite Plus benefits. If my calculations are correct with the new XP scheme it won't be too difficult to maintain this status, otherwise time comes for a change... ;)
Then the other problem will be redemptions, so far, apart from the dynamic pricing, we don't know yet how worse it will be to use the "phony money" called miles.
Interesting to learn about the Korean Air Skypass trick, thank you,I will have a look at it. US based airlines aren't known to be generous when it comes to FFP, that's why like you, many travellers have moved to other programs.

AirAfreak wrote:
Bujumbura/Burundi/Africa:

Unfortunately, we as humans are quick to pass judgments on things we have little/no knowledge about due to fear of the unknown and media influence, for example.

I understand your point of view and I’m sorry you felt placed in a position to defend a locale; just the same as I have felt, on occasion, the need to defend the United States (where I was born) or even, North Korea (where my mother and her family were born).

As humans, we are fallible. By taking the extra time to share and create and educate the world with trip reports such as yours, you become vital in the process to correct false preconceived viewpoints on topics lesser-known.

It must not be easy to defend North Korea so I applaud your determination!
Ok admittedly, Burundi is not a "heaven" like Singapore or Japan but not a war zone like Iraq or Syria neither; just everyone should use the common sense to avoid troubles here or anywhere in this world.
What fustrates me the most are the only bad news/images spread over all around the globe by some ignorant medias.
With the recent wave of terrorist attacks in the UK, France, Belgium and Germany plus USA having one of the highest crime rates in the world, why this tiny country would be more dangerous than some developed nations?

For example, in this country, general hotel occupancy rate dropped dramatically to a terrifying 10% in 2017, just to show you the horrible effects of the mass media influence :( .

So you should definitely come here to check with you own eyes and start reversing that nasty trend ;)


AirAfreak wrote:
Bon Courage! Mérci! Bonne Année!

Once again AirAfreak , merci beaucoup for these encouraging words.
All my best wishes for this new year and, most important, safe travels.

Warm regards
Léonard
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globalflyer wrote:
What an impressive report. Fantastic read and pictures. Thank you for sharing, Happy New Year!


Glad you read and enjoyed this modest contribution, a such comment is so motivating globalflyer.
All the best wishes to the new year to you too, hope you will get many free upgrades :smile:
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Burundi looks like a beautiful country to visit. I hope someday Air Kenya flies to the US, as I would like to try them.
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eastafspot wrote:
hirofumi wrote:
Interesting! Nice to see a report from deep core Africa! So vibrant. Will you ever plan to visit DRC? Once I was planning to cross in to Goma from Gisenyi, and go overland to Kisangani... but after what I saw floating on Lake Kivu and suddenly my camera mysteriously stopped operating, I had to cancel the plan. Interestingly, leaving Gisenyi back to Kigali, my camera started working again! Sorry for the ramble... Hope I could make it back to Africa soon. Looking forward in reading your flight journey! Thanks for sharing the photos.


First of all, thank you hirofumi for the comment you left on the DXB – KGL – DXB trip report. At the moment I was about to reply, the report had vanished from A.net for unknown reason thus I would like to apologize.

I wish one day to go to DRC to do the volcano hike and more, when exactly? Not sure. If you too are interested to visit there let me know! :)
Hmmm tell us more what did you see on the Lake Kivu? there is a famous legend about it too... :D

No problem, thanks for the reply! If you're planning for the volcano hike I'd definitely like to come! Travelling alone in DRC requires a lot of courage...

As for Lake Kivu, it wasn't something pleasant - at the time of my visit the war on the side was still going on and there was a body floating ashore tied up on a wooden cross. I wish I have seen the legend part! At that moment I realized how safe Rwanda was...

Happy New Year by the way, and what an awesome view after Livingstone departure! You've saved your helicopter tour fee at least ;). Great looking tiramisu (despite the fingerprint).
 
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jeffrey1970 wrote:
Burundi looks like a beautiful country to visit. I hope someday Air Kenya flies to the US, as I would like to try them.


Hi Jeffrey1970, thanks a lot for your comments. For the moment Burundi is perceived for seasoned travellers to Africa/SA/SE Asia but nothing to worry about here.
Sooner or later, my bet is that KQ (Kenya Airways) will fly to the US since they are already approved by the FAA to do so... Atlanta or NYC? Not sure where to first

Just a small mistake commonly done by westerners:
"Air Kenya" refers to a (private) different airline here in East Africa, based at Nairobi's 2nd airport Wilson: https://www.airkenya.com/

Not a big deal though, hope you want to try BOTH of them :)

hirofumi wrote:
No problem, thanks for the reply! If you're planning for the volcano hike I'd definitely like to come! Travelling alone in DRC requires a lot of courage...

As for Lake Kivu, it wasn't something pleasant - at the time of my visit the war on the side was still going on and there was a body floating ashore tied up on a wooden cross. I wish I have seen the legend part! At that moment I realized how safe Rwanda was...

Happy New Year by the way, and what an awesome view after Livingstone departure! You've saved your helicopter tour fee at least ;). Great looking tiramisu (despite the fingerprint).


Hi Hirofumi
Interesting to read that, by the way a Kiwi forumers (Aerorobnz) may plan to go to DRC in May (along with Rwanda)... what do you think?

Jeeez for the body seen, OMG!!
Probably an opponent to the Kabila regime who drown accidentally because he/she didn't know how to swim... ;) .

Hahaha, yes indeed the helicopter fee was saved but a microlight flight over the falls was done in 2010 already, not as stunning as there though because we could not see properly the cities also...

My best wishes to you Hirofumi for this new year! Hope you will get many upgrades, first class and safe flights for free :)
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jeffrey1970 wrote:
Burundi looks like a beautiful country to visit. I hope someday Air Kenya flies to the US, as I would like to try them.


Hi Jeffrey1970, thanks a lot for your comments. For the moment Burundi is perceived for seasoned travellers to Africa/SA/SE Asia but nothing to worry about here.
Sooner or later, my bet is that KQ (Kenya Airways) will fly to the US since they are already approved by the FAA to do so... Atlanta or NYC? Not sure where to first

Just a small mistake commonly done by westerners:
"Air Kenya" refers to a (private) different airline here in East Africa, based at Nairobi's 2nd airport Wilson: https://www.airkenya.com/

Not a big deal though, hope you want to try BOTH of them.


I am sorry for the mistake. I would love to try them both.
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jeffrey1970 wrote:
Burundi looks like a beautiful country to visit. I hope someday Air Kenya flies to the US, as I would like to try them.


Hi again Jeffrey1970,

Someone has clearly read your mind at KQ's HQ in Nairobi....;-)
A great news for all US based travellers (and eventually East Africa residents was announced yesterday:


Kenya Airways today (10JAN18) opened reservation for its planned nonstop service to the US, with the launch of Nairobi – New York JFK route. Scheduled to commence on 30OCT18, Boeing 787-8 aircraft will operate this nonstop route on daily basis. Following schedule is effective 04NOV18.

KQ002 NBO2325 – 0625+1JFK 788 D
KQ003 JFK1225 – 1055+1NBO 788 D

Reservation for this route gradually opened in the afternoon hours local time in Kenya. As of 1400GMT, reservation is available for travel until 30NOV18 inclusive.


https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/ai ... -oct-2018/

Best regards,
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Re: Sunshine in BURUNDI? Kenya Airways to LHR via CPT - Premier World (J)

Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:49 am

eastafspot wrote:
jeffrey1970 wrote:
Burundi looks like a beautiful country to visit. I hope someday Air Kenya flies to the US, as I would like to try them.


Hi again Jeffrey1970,

Someone has clearly read your mind at KQ's HQ in Nairobi....;-)
A great news for all US based travellers (and eventually East Africa residents was announced yesterday:


Kenya Airways today (10JAN18) opened reservation for its planned nonstop service to the US, with the launch of Nairobi – New York JFK route. Scheduled to commence on 30OCT18, Boeing 787-8 aircraft will operate this nonstop route on daily basis. Following schedule is effective 04NOV18.

KQ002 NBO2325 – 0625+1JFK 788 D
KQ003 JFK1225 – 1055+1NBO 788 D

Reservation for this route gradually opened in the afternoon hours local time in Kenya. As of 1400GMT, reservation is available for travel until 30NOV18 inclusive.


https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/ai ... -oct-2018/

Best regards,


That is awesome. I will start saving my money.
God bless through Jesus, Jeff
 
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Re: Sunshine in BURUNDI? Kenya Airways to LHR via CPT - Premier World (J)

Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:36 pm

jeffrey1970 wrote:
eastafspot wrote:
jeffrey1970 wrote:
Burundi looks like a beautiful country to visit. I hope someday Air Kenya flies to the US, as I would like to try them.


Hi again Jeffrey1970,

Someone has clearly read your mind at KQ's HQ in Nairobi....;-)
A great news for all US based travellers (and eventually East Africa residents was announced yesterday:


Kenya Airways today (10JAN18) opened reservation for its planned nonstop service to the US, with the launch of Nairobi – New York JFK route. Scheduled to commence on 30OCT18, Boeing 787-8 aircraft will operate this nonstop route on daily basis. Following schedule is effective 04NOV18.

KQ002 NBO2325 – 0625+1JFK 788 D
KQ003 JFK1225 – 1055+1NBO 788 D

Reservation for this route gradually opened in the afternoon hours local time in Kenya. As of 1400GMT, reservation is available for travel until 30NOV18 inclusive.


https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/ai ... -oct-2018/

Best regards,


That is awesome. I will start saving my money.


For a better deal, please get the East African Tourist Visa combining Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and very soon Burundi... before the end 2018!
If you skip the Gorilla trek, you can enjoy Rwanda and Uganda for a bargain!

Hope to see you soon

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