With nearly 2,000 kms in operation, Morocco has developed one of the most reliable railway networks in Africa. A high-speed line is even being built between Tangier and Marrakech.
Since 1963, the SNIM ore train has been carrying three times a day millions of tons of iron to the port of Nouadhibou in Mauritania. With 200 cars and 3 or 4 locomotives, the train is one of the longest that exist in the world: 2,500 meters!
This train is almost one of the last transborder lines still operating in Africa. Since the mid-1990s, it has been managed by the Sitarail company through a public-private partnership.
The railway line Libreville-Franceville is nearly 700 km long. The Transgabon railway carries logs and manganese to Libreville.
Republic of the Congo
The Congo-Ocean Railway (COR) has connected Brazzaville to Pointe-Noire since 1934. This train carries the product of mining, agriculture and forest wood to Pointe-Noire, the only deep-water port in the region.
A 8-hours-night train journey separates the capital Windhoek from Walvis Bay oceanfront. The Transnamib operates over 2,300 kilometers across the country in total.
SHOSHOLOZA TRAIN MEYL
With over 20,000 kilometers of railways, South Africa operates the largest network on the continent by far. The Shosholoza train offers a pleasant journey in comfortable conditions. It is great news, because train journeys can exceed 12 hours in this huge country!
The "most luxurious train in the world" offers a unique experience throughout Southern Africa. Passengers rooms may up to 17m2 up in cars restored in a pure Victorian style.
The Tazara connects Zambia to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Built by the Chinese in the 1970s, the line became an economic and social link for local population. The train takes 3 days and 2 nights to cover at a good speed the 1860 km between the two cities...
The Lunatic Express linked Kampala (Uganda) to the Indian Ocean in the early 20th century. Today the journey begins only in Nairobi, but the historic route is being rehabilitated.