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Dar es Salaam to Kapiri Mposhi

THE SADC CONNECTION - TAZARA constitutes an important part of the transport network of Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) states as well as the COMESA states. - Its advantage is that TAZARA connects easily with countries in the South with whose Railways it shares a common gauge.

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TAZARA STARTION The Tanzania & Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) runs trains from Dar Es Salaam to Kapiri Mposhi the journey takes 48 hours.  Please double-check exact times locally.  Any feedback or photos are most welcome.
Dar es Salaam Tuesdays & Fridays departs 15h30
 Mbeya Wednesdays & Saturdays [arr/dep unknown]
Tunduma (frontier) Wednesdays & Saturdays [arr/dep unknown]
Nakonde Wednesdays & Saturdays [arr/dep unknown]
Kapiri Mposhi Thursdays & Sundays arriving 11h00


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Train over Bridge
Dar es Salaam to Kapiri Mposhi
Around 55,000 Tanzanian shillings (£25 or $45) in 1st class sleeper.


It is recommended that you travel first class on the train. On the first day the journey passes through the Selous game reserve and this entire journey offers spectacular opportunities to see Africa away from the main roads. In fact the journey passes through territory almost inaccessible by any other other means that by railway. It negotiates tunnels of the Udzunga Mountains, then passes the domed volcanic cone of Mount Mbeya before passing the country midway between the lakes Tanganyika and Malawi.

To book in advance is necessary, especially at holiday times.

Children under 7 travel free, under 15 pay half fare.  The sleepers are single sex, so men and women will be in separate compartments unless your party books the complete compartment.

The service is reported to be very good and sightings of elephants, monkeys, gibbons, zebra, giraffes and antelope are common. With 6 beds per cabin it is not always easy to sleep. It offers a good chance to meet local people. 

Times are approximate and it is better to leave your watch behind and enjoy the journey.

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