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Address: Mageso chember, Tsavo National Park West 00200, Kenya
Phone Number:
+254 720 650869

This railway, built in 1898 and dubbed the "Lunatic Line,"...

This railway, built in 1898 and dubbed the "Lunatic Line," divides Tsavo National Park into East and West. This is where several lions,the "Maneaters of Tsavo," devoured 140 railway workers before Lt. Col Patterson managed to kill them. The film 'The Ghost and the Darkness', was based on Patterson's story.

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I have been to Mombasa very many times, usually driving. On my last trip i wanted to experience the train which i had heard a lot about. My experience was much better that my... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Joy K
Nairobi, Kenya
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Nairobi, Kenya
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to Mombasa very many times, usually driving. On my last trip i wanted to experience the train which i had heard a lot about. My experience was much better that my expectations, most people had described their experience as being quite negative. The train station is in town so account for some traffic if you are to... More 

Thank Joy K
Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 14 April 2017

School buses, tuktuks, pikipikis (motor cycles), matatus (mini buses), air planes, boats, standing in the back of my dad’s pick up. I have tried it all in Kenya. What else could I use to transport my booty from A to B. Why not take the train from Nairobi to Mombasa? I thought... Call me lunatic! Maybe this sounds lunatic because... More 

Thank nourishyourself
Madrid, Spain
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017

Our experience has been absolutely great. We paid for three people in first class 14000 Ksh (45 USD aprox), and we got two chambers with a door in between, so it was basically a 4 bed cabin. It has got the basic, confortable bed (with sheets and everything), old but good seats, windows with mosquito net, water, etc. The train... More 

Thank RodGR
The Hague, The Netherlands
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1,440 reviews
563 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 715 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016

The old British Uganda Railway, also known as the Lunatic Line, is currently being replaced somewhat controversially by a high-speed rail connection between Nairobi and Mombasa, built by the Chinese (the CRBC - China Road and Bridge Corporation). The concrete new railway in many places is next to the old track and higher, so it obscures the view. When we... More 

Thank Hermes_NL
Los Angeles, USA
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Road the train on the new timetable, left Nairobi 5PM arrived Mombasa 11AM. I had a great time, train left Nairobi at 5PM sharp and arrived dead on 11AM. Train moved slowly, passed through many different places, the Nairobi National Park, Slums, Country side, Tsavo National Park and some towns along the way. There was plenty of time to sit... More 

1 Thank bbbrett
Nairobi, Kenya
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2016

Having read previous reviews of the Nairobi Mombasa train, I decided it could not be that bad. I booked well in advance with a personal visit to Nairobi Station KES 4400 seemed a good price for dinner bed and breakfast. The very helpful attendant informed me to be at the station at 7pm for an 8pm departure on Good Friday.... More 

3 Thank Chris M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2016

Be forewarned! Don't plan on the Nairobi-Mombasa train to operate on time if at all. I attempted twice in February to try it. First from Nairobi, however, it was cancelled. I then attempted to try it from Mombasa to Kenya and again it was late (5 hours before leaving we were told), then it was cancelled. I was resigned to... More 

2 Thank Rachel M
Thessaloniki, Greece
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56 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2016 via mobile

Let's get some things straight. How can you call a train that is dangerous, filthy and almost broken, charming? It's not. Not by a long shot. And I love trains. Adore them. But this? Meh. Hakuna matata guys, I get it, but 26 hours for 620 km distance is not just long, it shows an attitute of "oh, mzungus ready... More 

3 Thank Eva T
Alice Springs, Australia
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133 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2016

Booked tickets through East Africa Shuttles, tickets were as promised at the train station so I recommend their services if you need to book out of Kenya. Once at the train station we sat at restaurant for many hours drinking beer, which was fun. However it all went downhill at 19:30 when realized nothing was happening. We finally boarded at... More 

2 Thank Paul S
Munich, Germany
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2015

a few month before we went to kenya i bought a travel guide for kenya. the description for the train to nairobi to mombasa was just wonderful. a nostalgic train, first class service, dinner, a wonderful view. after this horrible trip i threw the travel guide away. we bought the tickets on monday afternoon. 2 tickets first class from nairobi... More 

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