#AfriTravel: RwandAir touches down in Cape Town

2018-05-16 06:30 - Kavitha Pillay
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With the aim of boosting tourism, trade and investment with the rest of Africa, RwandAir has extended its Kigali-Harare route to include Cape Town.

RwandAir flies routes to East Africa, Central Africa, West Africa, Southern Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

Speaking at the event launch held in Cape Town on Tuesday 15 May, Rwanda's national carrier country manager for SA, Thembela Dladla says the new Cape Town route has been part of the airline's plans for a long time, with the Mother City being a destination "sought by everyone on the continent".   

With 4 flights a week connecting the Mother City to Rwanda, starting from 16 May 2018, Cape Town becomes RwandAir's 26th international destination. 

A first for RwandAir

Currently the Kigali-Harare flights operate on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

This new route, makes RwandAir the first airline to have direct flights between the capital of Zimbabwe and the Mother City. According to KT Press, the extension comes after the Zimbabwean government gave 5th freedom rights to Rwanda's national carrier to travel through to South Africa.

Joram Gumbo, the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development, told Daily News that this move will make it easier for Zimbabweans to travel between the two countries and increase revenue at Harare's airport.

Flight schedule, prices and cabins

Flights will be operated 4 times a day on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays - as RwandAir services Kigali & Harare, Harare & Cape Town and Kigali & Cape Town.

The daily schedule is:

  • - Departs Kigali at 08:20, arrives Harare at 11:00 
  • - Departs Harare 11:45, Cape Town 14:45
  • - Departs Cape Town 16:20, arrives Harare 19:00
  • - Departs Harare 19:45, arrives Kigali 22:30 

RwandAir spreads its wings in Africa and abroad

RwandAir is well-established in East, West and Central Africa. The new Cape Town route allows the airline to extend its reach into Southern Africa.

SEE: #AfriTravel: RwandAir connects Central and East Africa with new route to London

In addition to boosting #AfriTravel, the airline is also growing internationally, having introduced new flights to London in the UK in 2017 serviced by a new A330 fleet, and plans are underway to enter the Israel market too.

With new routes to the US, Israell and China on the cards for 2018, RwandAir's connectivity will extend far beyond the African continent. 


More expansions in the African aviation industry is expected this year, after the Africa Union (AU) launched the  in January in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the African Union Summit.

The project aims to enhance air travel connectivity between the continent's countries, promoting regional tourism and trade and cement Africa's role in global aviation.

What you need to know if you plan on going:

  • Visa - South Africans qualify for a 30-day visa on arrival, passport must be valid for six months or more.
  • Currency - Rwandan Franc
  • Exchange Rate - 1 ZAR = 61.06 RWF
  • Language - French/English/Kinyarwanda
  • Hub Airport - Kigali International Airport (KGL)
  • Airline - RwandAir Express
  • Time Zone - GMT + 2
  • Travel Adaptor Type C and J