The recently completed Mombasa-nairobi railway brings a new era of train travel in Kenya
AS a small child growing up in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, our annual family holiday to the beautiful beaches of Mombasa always began and ended with a degree of trepidation.
My sister and I would jump into the car and during the journey along the then notoriously treacherous single-lane highway, we would pass the time either by waving at other drivers or playing “count the potholes.” By the time I was old enough to drive the route myself, the government had received funds from the World Bank and European Union to extend much of the road into a dual carriageway and filled in many of the dangerous potholes, saving precious lives.
A similar change has recently taken place on Kenya’s railway, which follows the same route from Nairobi to Mombasa, and has now been upgraded, this time, by a Chinese company.
All aboard the new Mombasa-nairobi line