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Lunatic Line

Mageso chember, Tsavo National Park West 00200, Kenya
+254 720 650869
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Tsavo Bridge

The bridge in the foreground is where Lt Col Patterson put his bridge. See the book, "The... read more

Reviewed 15 June 2017
Craig H
Harvest, Alabama
A must try

I have been to Mombasa very many times, usually driving. On my last trip i wanted to experience the... read more

Reviewed 8 May 2017
Joy K
Nairobi, Kenya
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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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  • Average15%
  • Poor15%
  • Terrible25%
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Mageso chember, Tsavo National Park West 00200, Kenya
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Reviewed 15 June 2017

The bridge in the foreground is where Lt Col Patterson put his bridge. See the book, "The Maneaters of Tsavo" or the movie, "The Ghost and the Darkness" The bridge in the background is the new rail service, which began the day after I was...More

2  Thank Craig H
Reviewed 8 May 2017

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....More

2  Thank Joy K
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...More

2  Thank nourishyourself
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...More

Thank RodGR
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...More

Thank Hermes_NL
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...More

1  Thank bbbrett
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...More

3  Thank Chris M
Reviewed 9 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...More

2  Thank Rachel M
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...More

3  Thank Eva T
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...More

2  Thank Paul S
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