Mombasa Train Station
Member Reviews (3)
- Mombasa Train StationMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersGreen Travelers+ 1First to ReviewJan 30, 2014
Riding first class on the train from Mombasa to Nairobi was one of the most memorable adventures of my life. My own private room had a window that opened, allowing me to stick my head out the train and watch the moon and shadows as we crossed the African savannah by night. In the morning, breakfast in the dining car was adorned with giraffes and zebras running alongside the train. Absolutely unforgettable - and not to mention pleasant and comfortable!
This train was built by the British during the colonial period. The nostalgia of this bygone era only adds to it's charm. If you've ever seen the Michael Douglas movie about the Lions of Tsavo called "The Ghost and the Darkness", this is the very train they were building the tracks for!
- Mombasa Train StationMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Jul 18, 2012
Three spots in the world make me feel like I've gone back in time in that romantic, fully vaccinated sort of way: 1. Tosca's bar in North Beach, San Francisco. 2. Wandering empty hill towns in Umbria, Italy during the mid-day pausa. 3. The train between Nairobi and Mombasa. Just try to feel like you're not Humphrey Bogart or a Hepburn while you're dining in luxurious surroundings in the dining car, or gazing out at gazelle and giraffe along the Kenyan plains.
And, oh, the experiences you'll have. I shared a room with three Israeli women who were keeping kosher. This was before 9/11, so they'd actually brought their own knives and plates for meals. I spent a good 30 minutes translating verbally and culturally between them and the staff. Those are the moments you remember why you love travel.