Saffir Lunatic Express: A One Of A Kind Train Trip And Holiday This Weekend


Have you ever thought of taking the train from Nairobi to Mombasa?

If you haven’t maybe it’s time you thought about it. This Labour Day weekend you have a chance to take an exciting trip to the coast with some great company, some good food, entertainment and even some Famous Grouse.

But the fun doesn’t end when you get to Mombasa. You get to spend 2 nights at the Amazing Distant Relatives in Kilifi – Check out this great review by Bonita on Safari. Saffir Africa which is organizing the trip has lots of activities planned for the trip which includes a Sundowner cruise with dinner during the first night in Kilifi.

During this one of a kind holiday in Kilifi you get to network and take part in some interesting activities like dhow rides, drinking games, swimming, water skiing, paddle boarding and sailing. There will also be several excursions from dawn to dusk as you explore the North Coast.

All of this will cost you Ksh. 12,000 which includes a bus ride back to Nairobi and includes all transfers.

Saffir Africa, which is a experiential travel and hospitality company has partnered with TECNO mobile, Famous Grouse and Kichen. This is one of a kind trip that will take around 15 hours, and the trip is 530 kilometers.  Guys will be meeting at Railways on Friday 5 for the trip on the Lunatic Express. The Lunatic Express will soon be decommissioned as we move to the new SGR and this could be your chance to ride on this old-fashioned train before it takes a bow after historical service to the Nation. The partnership is plugged on TECNO’s ongoing mobile online campaign for the Camon CX.


Railway by night. Photography by Mutua Matheka. Image from

So why should you take this trip now?

This is your chance to take this trip in a unique way that has not been done before. You will get to say goodbye to the Lunatic Express in style. Imagine dancing the night away on the train, making new friends, having some bitings from Kichen, singing some train karaoke and getting to Kilifi to enjoy the beauty of the coast all in one trip.

Something to note is that meals are not included in the package apart from the dinner on the first day and what Kichen will be providing on the train. Meals on average at Distant Relatives costs between Ksh 350 to Ksh. 800 so you can plan for that – here is the menu. A tip from Bonita on meals.

Saffir is also providing for some activities but others you will have to sort out yourself. Here are some of the things you would have to pay for.


You can find out more information about the trip and the itinerary here.

You can interact with Saffir Africa on Facebook and Twitter if you need more information.

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