After making it to Victoria Falls and crossing the mighty Zambezi, we lastly made it to Zambia. In determined want of a bathe and chilly beer, we checked right into a hostel in Livingstone.

Read part I: A train journey through Africa goes awry

There was no electrical energy within the pub that night time as I used to be peeling the sticker off the bottle of Mosi Lager in Livingstone. We have been ingesting with a number of American and Canadian Peace Corps volunteers, unsure what their 12 months in Africa entails.

The next day, my buddy Matthew and I might head to the prepare station and attempt to purchase a ticket to Lusaka. Appears easy proper?

It was scorching sizzling. Our try to purchase the tickets sadly failed. We have been instructed the prepare was ‘being serviced this week’.

One other Mosi Lager. Calm down. Devise a brand new plan. Peace Corps to the rescue.

We have been instructed of a dependable bus service that would get us to Kapiri Mposhi the place we might catch the Tazara Rail do Dar Es Salaam, the prepare journey we have been most excited for.

This could imply that our journey would not be the prepare journey we had hoped for, however higher than the danger of ready one other week for the prepare to come back again from the workshop.

Easy crusing to Lusaka, a pit cease for 2 nights till we caught one other bus to Kapiri Mposhi to catch the Tazara rail. We made positive to safe our tickets by visiting what can solely be described as a bureaucratic constructing in central Lusaka.

Issues go additional awry

There isn’t a lot in Kapri Mposhi. From reminiscence, all I can keep in mind is a pizza place and a Shoprite. We made our solution to the Chinese language-built railway station, a giant corridor with two opposing glass partitions making up the entrance and the again.

Kapiri Mposhi is simply north of Lusaka, near the jutting-out border of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It’s the foremost junction station in Zambia, so basically the De Aar of Zambia.

From Kapiri Mposhi, the Tazara rail duties you throughout the Tanzania border, via Nyerere Nationwide Park onward to Dar es Salaam. Travellers’ experiences have talked about wildlife sightings on the two-day prepare trip and we have been trying ahead to kicking again because the prepare took us via an unimaginable panorama.

We have been ready with cans of baked beans, immediate noodles, eggs and Mosi Lager however it wasn’t meant to be.

‘The prepare that by no means was.’ The Tazara Rail. Image: Richard Stupart/ Flickr Commons

We should’ve waited there for hours. Finally, we have been instructed that the prepare staff are on strike, and have been busy negotiating.

Quick ahead a number of hours later. No deal was struck and we have been requested to go away the station. Making an attempt to not be too pissed with the placing staff who have been solely asking for a greater life, we made our solution to the aspect of a nationwide highway and caught our thumbs out together with the opposite intrepid travellers stranded with us on the station.

No quantity of Mosi Lagers might put together us for what got here subsequent.

An opportunistic feller noticed us and gave his bus driver buddy a name, and mentioned that there was sufficient area for the seven of us on the bus to the Tanzania border. The bus tickets have been, effectively, affordable. We boarded and had sufficient seats for one particular person. The remainder of us stood and lay down within the aisle.

Time was unattainable to measure from then on. We arrived at Tanzania’s border, and the solar was already burning sizzling and vivid.

My physique was on stand-by mode as we have been ushered right into a mini-bus and have been instructed it was going to Dar es Salaam, however not when it could arrive. We drove endlessly stuffed right into a min-bus; my knees on my chest in a automobile with non-existent shocks driving potholed roads and highways with pace bumps.

Every now and then, an AK47 armed officer would shine a torch in our faces, take our passports and disappear for some time. We drove via the night time, after which the day. Two Scandinavian backpackers finally referred to as it quits and received out to a small city to discover a resort to sleep.

We arrived in Dar es Salaam within the early hours of the morning and checked into the YWCA. We had a small room with a balcony searching onto the night time lights of the Tanzanian metropolis.

Surprisingly, our tray of eggs made it and not using a single cracked egg. Faired higher than us I’d say. On a tenting range, we poached baked eggs in baked beans with tomato sauce – name it a poor mans shakshuka.

We dined whereas overlooking the town lights.

Dar es Salaam. Image: Unsplash

The following day we slept. Refreshed, we made our solution to the ferry after an evening in Dar es Salaam.  We had per week to recuperate from our journey earlier than the flight again to Cape City. Issues didn’t go in keeping with plan. Exhausted, sure. However a minimum of we had per week to recuperate within the island paradise of Zanzibar.

Value it.


Stone City, Zanzibar. Image: David Henning


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