Connecting the African Copperbelt


The Benguela (CFB) railway connects the Atlantic port of Lobito with the eastern border town at Luau, and rail networks to the Copperbelts in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia. The Lobito Corridor is a gateway to international markets for Angola and its neighbours.

The railway was originally built in 1929, but ceased operations during the Angolan Civil War. A rebuilt line opened in 2013, offering swift, reliable transportation for passnegers and freight. DT manages the 1344-kilometre route.

Integrated rail-port facilities make it easy to transfer cargo and commodities between ship and rail. We own and operate depots at strategic points along the line as well as multimodal terminals at Lobito.

The Lobito Corridor has transformed the economics of commodity production in the Copperbelt. For Angolan society, the new railway signals a step-change in connectivity and social cohesion.

We have appointed Vecturis, an international railway specialist with extensive experience in emerging economies, to operate the network. It will employ over 1000 Angolans – most with no direct experience. We have invested in a specialist training centre to ensure all railway staff are professionally and observe safety standards.

The CFB railway in Angola is just one part of a larger vision for an integrated railway system connecting the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean through sub-Saharan Africa. An effective trans-continental route would have a significant impact on Africa’s sub-Saharan economies. 

1,344 km

Distance by rail from Lobito to Luau