SkyTeam members KLM and Air France are currently selling cheap flights to Kenya again. Departing from Basel, Oslo, Zurich, Vienna, or Geneva, you can fly to Nairobi for prices starting at €355 (~NOK 3,579). 23 kg of luggage is included.
Currently, you would need to upload a negative PCR test here and fill out this form. That can all still change, though, until you actually fly there. Make sure to always check the updated information here.
Air France and KLM will let you cancel all trips until December 31 for free. You would first get a voucher, which you can then get a full refund on. If you’re traveling in 2022, you can only rebook the flights, paying a (possibly high) fare difference. You can read the exact rules here.
There’s availability from August until March (except in December). As Air France and KLM’s flights are only fully refundable in 2021, we recommend booking for sometime between September and November 2021.
You can fly from the following airports:
- Oslo: €355 (~NOK 3,579)
- Basel: €372 (~CHF 403)
- Zurich: €385 (~CHF 417)
- Vienna: €387
- Geneva: €409 (~CHF 443)
Both Air France and KLM use a Boeing 787 Dreamliner for their 8-hour flights to Nairobi. If you fly with Air France, you’ll have a layover in Paris. With KLM, the layover is in Amsterdam.
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You can book these flights until September 27, 2021. Your flights have to take place between mid-August and late November 2021, or between January and March 2022. Furthermore, your trip needs to be at least 4 days long.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are three main reasons for that:
- The Covid-19 Pandemic
During the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, planning international travel got more and more risky because of ever-changing restrictions. In contrast to many online travel agencies, most airlines modified their terms & conditions to become more customer friendly. Rebooking conditions are eased, change fees are waived and cancellations are much easier when there is no third party involved.
Further, by adding an OTA to your plans, you increase the risk of one service provider involved going bankrupt. Now, the airline and the online travel agency involved could vanish along with your money.
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.
This especially applies for premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
- Baggage Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
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Information & Tips for Nairobi
Nairobi is the capital of Kenya. In addition to the city centre, the Nairobi National Park, a large game reserve where black rhinos threatened with extinction are bred, is also located in the city area. Giraffes, zebras and lions also live here. There is also a renowned breeding station for young elephants run by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Nairobi is often the starting point for safaris to other parts of Kenya.
Best Time to Visit
The short rainy season starts from late October to through December and November typically has four inches of rain. Average rainfall during the other months is about two inches. The best time to plan your Nairobi tour activities is during the dry months of July through October and also January and February.
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is the international airport of the Kenyan capital Nairobi. The airport serves as a hub for the airlines Kenya Airways and Jubba Airways. With over 5.8 million passengers in 2011, it is the largest airport in East and Central Africa.
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