"...what thrills me about trains is not their size or their equipment but the fact that they are moving, that they embody a connection between unseen places."
All aboard the Tazara Express! So you are traveling between Tanzania and Zambia and find yourself googling The Tazara Train. Bravo friends! You are in for one heck of a ride! This single track railway connects Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to New Kaprir-Mposhi, Zambia, running in both directions throughout the week. The trip is estimated to take around 45 hours but as with all travel, you can expect delays. And some up to total transit time of 60+ hours!
But don’t stop reading! We have put together this Ultimate Guide to help you prepare for this incredible journey. On this guide you will find everything you need to know from a little history on Tazara, how to purchase tickets and what they will cost you, how to get your visas, and a packing list including food! And speaking of food, we’ve also included everything you can expect from the interior of the train, safety, and of course the epic journey itself.
If you are traveling between Tanzania and Zambia, definitely give yourself this amazing opportunity to travel Africa by train. There is no doubt about it, a plane ride will save you time and energy but what it will cost you (besides more money) is this unforgettable experience. It's been over two years since we took this incredible journey and we still talk about it today.
Traveling by train is one of the best ways to meet people, both locals and tourist, and Tazara is no exception. It is a whirlwind of emotions, mostly high, but some low. It's a chance to see some of Africa's untouched land, and if you're lucky, some wildlife here and there. And last but not least (but certainly the most corny), it's fun! And isn't that what travel is all about?