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Luxury tourist train starts return trip after first service linking Africa’s East and West coasts | Coastweek

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania -- Last month a group 54 South African, American, British, Swiss, Dutch, Australian and New Zealand tourists had left Tanzania on this first luxury rail trip, similar to a five-star hotel, while 53 others were booked to make the return trip from Lobito. After leaving Dar-es-Salaam, the train travelled into Zambia and then crossed the Democratic Republic of Congo, before reaching Luau, on the border of Angola, bound for Lobito, in the province of Benguela, and travelling 1,334 kilometers along the Benguela Railway. GRAPHIC - ROVOS RAILWAY

 

Luxury tourist train starts return trip after first
service linking Africa’s East and West coasts

LOBITO, Angola (Xinhua) -- A tourist train started its return trip here on Friday, with its Dar es Salaam-Lobito tour marking the first complete railway connection between the east and west coasts on the African continent.

The Rovos Rail company’s luxurious train, with more than 50 passengers on board, departed from Lobito, an Angolan coastal town on the Atlantic Ocean.
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It is heading back to Tanzania’s capital Dar es Salaam, a major city and commercial port on the Indian Ocean coast, after travelling around 4,300 km through Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zambia.

The whole rail line is seen as an important artery that connects the two main oceans.

It will largely improve the African rail network and promote regional connectivity by facilitating trade and boosting economic and cultural relations on the continent.

As a part of the whole line, the 1,344-km Benguela Railway in Angola was constructed by the China Railway 20th Bureau Group Corporation.

In order to ensure the railway’s safe and smooth operation, the Chinese company has sent nearly 100 engineers and management staff to strengthen safety inspection along the railway.

Rovos Rail is a private railway company which runs train-hotels on a regular schedule on various routes from South Africa to Namibia and Tanzania.

 

Interior of a carriage of the Rovos Rail luxurious train at Lobito Station | Coastweek

LOBITO (Xinhua) -- Interior of a carriage of the Rovos Rail luxurious train at Lobito Station along the Benguela Railway in Angola. The Rovos Rail luxurious train started its return trip here on Friday, with its Dar es Salaam-Lobito tour marking the first complete railway connection between the east and west coasts on the African continent.  XINHUA PHOTO - LIU ZHI
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