The train stationed at the TAZARA station at 10am on Saturday with the tourists originating from Sweden, Norway and Denmark.
Geoffrey Tengeneza, senior public information officer for the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB), said the arrival of the train is another milestone in efforts geared at promoting tourist attractions in the country and boost the country’s economy through tourism.
“Before they arrived at the station, the tourists were able to visit Selous Game Reserve and from here they will visit various tourist attractions in the regions and in Zanzibar,” he said.
“This is an opportunity not only to TAZARA but rather Tanzania as a whole to benefit through various ways including hotel occupancy, tourist sites visitations, viewing animals in game reserves and using various transportation services.
The train comes to Tanzania five times a year and one needs to do its booking three months before travelling. The train that arrived on Saturday has two locomotive engines and 16 carriages. The carriages are divided into three classes of royal suites, deluxe suites and Pullman suites meant for elderly travellers.
The train has been operating for 30 years now from 1989 where the company established and has been operating the route from Cape Town to Dar es Salaam’s TAZARA station for 26 years now, since 1993.