Botswana is planning to have a tourist that will help local and international tourists explore the country more according to the Botswana Railways (BR). The reports say that the tourist train will also help tourists explore neighboring countries.
State-owned BR business development director has also indicated that the idea for the tourists train project was in its final stages. The project would position Francistown as a transport and logistics hub, aswell as a strategic gateway for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.
The train will operate from Francistown, Botswana to Victoria Falls and Bulawayo in Zimbabwe, then to Livingstone in Zambia and then to Kasane in Botswana. The latter has wildlife resources that attract tourists.
The model of the tourists train will resemble the famous shosholodza train of South Africa. Tourists will also be served with snacks and beverages as they explore the region.
BR runs railway transport across 886km to help ferry goods and people in various regions in the country such as between Mafikeng and Morupule to Serule and Plumtree. The railway network also serves Suan Pan and Selebi Phikwe, among others.
BR is also planning to freight four million tonnes of coal by 2015, which will improve coal mining in the country.