The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) is pleased to announce the reopening of the mainline, which was temporarily closed on April 1, 2024, due to landslides and formation failures caused by heavy rains in the Mlimba–Makambako area of Tanzania.

As a result, normal train operations will resume immediately, with passenger trains planned to run as follows:

  1. KILIMANJARO ORDINARY PASSENGER TRAIN: The inaugural journey will depart from Mbeya to Dar es Salaam on Saturday, May 25, 2024, at 18:00 (6:00 PM).
  2. UDZUNGWA SHUTTLE PASSENGER TRAIN: The first journey will depart from Makambako to Kidatu on Saturday, May 25, 2024, at 19:00 (7:00 PM).
  3. DAR ES SALAAM COMMUTER PASSENGER TRAIN: The normal route operations from Dar es Salaam to Mwakanga shall resume on Monday May 27 2024.
  4. KILIMANJARO ORDINARY PASSENGER TRAIN (CROSS-BORDER): The journey will commence from Dar es Salaam to New Kapiri-Mposhi on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at 13:50 (1:50 PM).
  5. MUKUBA EXPRESS PASSENGER TRAIN (CROSS-BORDER): The first cross-border journey will depart from New Kapiri-Mposhi to Dar es Salaam on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at 16:00 (4:00 PM).
  6. All trains will adhere to their regular schedules thereafter.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our customers for their patience and understanding during the past seven weeks, when train services were operating below normal capacity due to the closure of the mainline between Mlimba and Makambako.


For any inquiries or clarifications, please contact:

Mr. Conrad Simuchile
Head Public Relations, TAZARA Head Office
WhatsApp: +255 783 803 074