Train from Tanzania to Zambia


Dec 9th, 2005, 11:24 AM
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Train from Tanzania to Zambia

Have just found out there is a train from Tanzania to Kapiri Mposhi and I beleive I can get to Livingstone or Vic Falls from there? Have you any info on this? Thanks
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Dec 9th, 2005, 12:15 PM
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I doubt you'll get many responses on this board about taking trains in Africa. Have you tried the thorn tree forum on

Also, check out this website for detailed train information:
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Dec 10th, 2005, 12:39 PM
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If you take that trip, please report about it! It looks interesting and I am just now beginning to think about Africa as a destination.
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Dec 12th, 2005, 03:23 AM
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Hi - yes, the TANZAM runs twice a week and takes 1.5 days give or take! I only went as far as Mbeya as I was on my way to Malawi, but it was a good trip.

You can theoretically take another train from KM to Lusaka but I have no idea if the connex times would suit. And even if they did - be prepared for the unexpected. I have taken this train (after getting to KM by a different route) and it was 16 hours late. It could have been the only time in a year, but it happens. Best not to be in a hurry. There are probably buses from KM to Lusaka - I seem to remember I got to the stn with little time to spare, bought the ticket and then discovered it was already 12 hours late. You win some, you lose some!

There is a train from Lusaka to Livingstone but easier to take a bus. And from Livingstone to Vic Falls shared taxi is the way to go.

Just by way of an alternative - in case it appeals - it takes much longer but has masses going for it - like the opportunity to visit chimps at Gombe Stream NP - is to take Tanzanian Railways train from Dar to Kigoma; ferry down lake Tanganyika (the MV Liemba); then you have to find your way from Mpulungu to KM.

Travelling on the Liemba is something I will never forget. I hope it still operates.

For any sort of train info it is always worth checking

Happy travels.
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