Africa by Trains: Africa Train Journeys through the window seat
Have you ever wanted to travel in Africa by train while experiencing the most beautiful landscapes and immersing yourself in the culture of the Land?
Do mountains and hills, sunsets and sunrises, whistling trees and serenity of slow flying flock of birds set your feet to tapping?
Are you the type that enjoys the music of rails and tracks as you sip a local beer with friends?
Does the widow seat calm your soul and bring back your inner peace?
Or, are you looking for a memorable way to take a break from the world – from your daily routine?
If yes, what you need is a journey with TAZARA trains between Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and New Kapiri Mposhi, Zambia.
To say the least, this is one of the best train journeys in Africa.
TAZARA trains (The Freedom Railway)
TAZARA (Tanzania Zambia Railway) operates two trains between Dar es Salaam and New Kapiri Mposhi. Each train runs twice between the two countries over an 1860 Kilometer railway line.
The Zambian authority operates Mukuba Express Train while Tanzania operates the Kilimanjaro Ordinary Train. The latter is older compared to the former and stops at all intermediate stations along the railway line. A typical journey between the two destinations takes about 48 hours but could be more.
Facilities and amenities
Both trains are equipped with all the necessary facilities and amenities that make a traveler’s journey more enjoyable. Some of which you will find are; air-conditioned sleeper cars, restaurant car, a bar, a lounge, clean washrooms, beddings, and electrical sockets.
Each train runs twice a week (Tuesdays and Fridays) between the two destinations. Mukuba Express only stops at main stations while Kilimanjaro Ordinary Train stops at all the intermediate stations making the journey longer.
Train travel provides a free platform to share experiences with people from different cultures, backgrounds and all walks of life. It opens people up to the real world and first-hand knowledge of natives. On TAZARA, the majority of travelers are Zambians and Tanzanians, their rich history and heritage are worth exploring.
Maybe you are there wondering how to go about booking the trains, the fare charges, current schedule and other fine details about the service.
On Kenyan Backpacker, I have written an article of how I traveled from Nairobi to the breathtaking Victoria Falls by road and rail. In the article, I have included a detailed guide on TAZARA trains. Check it out and enjoy the journey.