Selous is Africa’s oldest and largest game reserve and is the habitat of many rare animals. It also contains more than four hundred bird species and some fascinating flora.
There is no precise timetable for the train that will arrive from Zambia, it could arrive at virtually any moment and the train stops at the Selous Game Reserve twice a week. Most of the railroad is made up of a single track and only a few stations have sidings that permit the railroads’ freight trains to make way for the Mukuba Express.
Despite the railroad and its safari travellers, Selous has retained its original and unspoiled splendour right up to the present day.
Over the years many of the old train stations have been abandoned and now look like sad relics of a bygone age. The historic origins of this extraordinary railroad date back to German colonial times at the beginning of the twentieth century.
What was once known as The Middle Land Railroad was one of the most technically challenging and expensive projects of East Africa’s German colonists. Today the one thousand two hundred and fifty four kilometre railroad is an important reminder of those bygone days.
In the late afternoon the train reaches its final destination of Dar-Es-Salaam and this unforgettable and captivating train journey comes to an end.