There are many, usually colourful and eventful ways of travelling in Africa. From overloaded pick-up trucks, ancient wooden boats, rickety and luxury buses that turn into mobile churches to bicycles, long-suffering donkeys, stinky camels, smog- spewing mopeds and passenger-packing knackered inner-city taxis known as soutrama, matatu, dallah dallah, tro tro, bush taxi or charpa. I have done it all except hopping atop a camel.
Memorable as these trips are, they are not as spectacular as journeying this continent by train. Africa has six classic train trips that include trips across the desert, through the Swahili coast and other varying and vast landscapes that are best enjoyed travelling at a slow pace. Tanzania and Zambia has the Tazara train, a joint venture of the two governments that dates back to colonial rule. It leaves Dar es Salaam on Friday and reaches Kapiri Mposhi, the final stop in Zambia, on Sunday. It’s a beautiful trip through a game park and picturesque towns and villages.