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Address: Mageso chember, Tsavo National Park West 00200, Kenya
Phone Number: 254720650869

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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Train cancelled twice. I give it POOR on dependability alone, never rode it.

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... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed March 8, 2016
Rachel M
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Nairobi, Kenya
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3 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 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
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 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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54 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 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 

1 Thank Paul S
Munich, Germany
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 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 

2 Thank HTi99
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92 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

A chance to be nostalgic and reminisce about the glamour of rail travel, take in the amazing scenery of Tsavo, have an adventure, meet like-minded people and perhaps have an interesting story or two to regale people with. Even if you are lucky enough to say yes to all the above after the trip, I still can't recommend it to... More 

3 Thank DocMarkL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Taking the train from Mombasa to Nairobi is quite an adventure: old-fashioned train, picturesque landscapes, the odd dikdik or impala spotted along the rails... But adventurous travellers should be warned: the journey can be highly unpredictable and uncomfortable. The train was expected at 7pm at Mombasa, for a 14 to 15-h drive to Nairobi. We were told that the train... More 

3 Thank Dina M
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39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 613 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

As you embark on a train trip from Mombassa to Nairobi, you travel through space but also through time indeed. Half-way between an Indiana Jones adventure and a Tintin episode, you enjoy the nonchalance of a pace that never seems to know when it will finally come to a standstill. The feeling is also fraught with an Hercule Poireau sense... More 

3 Thank dtshura
Lichfield, United Kingdom
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262 reviews
99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

If you possess a sense of adventure, a thirst for drama, a feeling you might be in a movie plot then this is the trip for you. If the shocking and surprising is something you hate try another mode of transport. Arrival is interesting as the station at Nairobi is quirky, African, busy but full of character. The four of... More 

Thank Michael O
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Near the end of February 2015, a group of friends and I decided to “go on an adventure” by taking the train from Nairobi to Mombasa for a weekend trip to Diani Beach. You may be thinking about a similar trip, my suggestion is that you read the ensuing 2 part series about our trip and then reassess that mad... More 

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