Creighton Aloe Festival July 2010

10th & 11th July 2010. Also Departs on the weekends of 3rd & 4th and 17th & 18th July.

Aloe Steam Train

Aloe Steam Train

Enjoy an amazing return steam train ride from Creighton, alongside the Ngogwaan river, through thousands of beautiful & colourful Aloes where you will be able to take a spectacular photo.  Enjoy on 10th & 11th July an eventful weekend with birding tours, mission tours, scenic Cycle ride; Art exhibitions Vintage engines on display & Delicious meals & a country market.

Train trip options :  please be there at least 30-45 min before departure time

1. Festival Weekend – Date & departure times: Sat 10thJuly @ 10am & 2pm &  Sun 11th July @10 am Cost Adults :  Sitter Coaches R150.00 pp or  Lounge coach  R175.00  pp Children : Sitter coaches R100.00 pp (between 2 – 12 ) or Lounge coach R175.00 pp Duration     : Approx 2 hrs

2. Sunday sunrise & bike Steam train trip to Donnybrook & an approx 40km MTB ride back through the beautiful Xumeni Forest to Centicow Mission (Part of the Freedom Challenge route) & back to Creighton. Sun 11th July departs 7.30am Cost: R250.00 pp includes train trip & guided bike ride back & Lunch. Bring your bike & enjoy a stunning ride through Awesome forests in the Creighton valley and part of the freedom Challenge route & back to Creighton. Duration: 1 hr to Donnybrook then you’re on your Bikes! Approx 4 hrs.

3. Aloe Steam train trips & lunch – Departure time 10 am on all the following days Sat 3rd ; Sun 4th ; Sat 17th & Sun 18thJuly Cost Adults : Sitter Coaches R150.00pp or  Lounge coach tickets R175.00 pp Children: Sitter Coaches R100.00pp or  Lounge coach tickets R175.00pp (Age for Children is between 2- 12) Duration: Approx 2 hrs then lunch at the Country Club, opposite the station (Bookings essential for delicious country lunch @ R50 pp )

The Aloe festival is on the 10 & 11th July ( With the Country club opposite the Station having flee market; Art exhibition; Mission & birding tours(R 50 each), country lunches & Sunday Cycle ride  etc.). The train will also run on the weekend 3rd & 4th and  17th& 18th  July there will be no festival but there will still be  a delicious Country lunch provided after the ride at an extra cost R50. The train ride itself is a 2 hr round trip with beautiful Aloe viewing along the way, it will make 2 stops: 1. For passengers to walk  amongst the Aloes & for  a photo shots 2. At Riverside station  explore whilst engine moves position for the return trip. There will be egg & bacon rolls, teas & coffees sold on the Creighton Station before the train leaves & refreshments sold on the train. The difference in the seating lounge coach has very comfortable couches @ R175 pp. The other coaches are comfortable row seating for R150 pp.

Parking is safe.

As you will not be able to take cooler boxes or picnic baskets on board (due to lack of space), There will be snacks( rolls; muffins; crisps etc) & refreshments or drinks before & on board or Lunch at the country club can be booked.  Directions   Creighton are simple: From Durban or PMB. take the Thornville, Richmond, and Ixopo road. As you enter Ixopo take a right turn signposted as Ixopo / Donny Brooke / Underberg. Pass Ixopo (on the left) Travel along that road for approximately 18 Kms. and take the left turn to Creighton. Drive straight on until you go over a bridge & see the beautifully restored Creighton Station on your left. Parking is safe Distances from Pmb is approximately 105 kms and Durban 140 kms

If you require further info  or would like to book please do not hesitate to call or email me.

Kind regards


Aloe Steam Festival email: Cel : 083 273 8037

11 Responses to Creighton Aloe Festival July 2010

  1. Cindy Swart June 25, 2010 at 9:10 pm #

    Please could you tell me how to book and buy tickets for Sunday 11th. It would be for 2 adults and one 4 year old. Thanks Cindy

  2. Marilyn Davis July 12, 2010 at 2:14 pm #

    I am so sad that I missed the Aloe Festival this weekend. I didn’t even know it was on. Stupid question but do you have the dates for next year so that I can diarise them. The Aloes in Natal are beautiful at the moment.

  3. Graeme March 28, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    We just arrived at last years Aloe Festival and steam train ride.Luckily due to a cancellation we were fitted in
    We did not know about the camping.
    We do not want to make the same mistake this year and enquire whether this years programme has been scheduled and will it be the same as last year ( train ride, flea market, bike ride etc)

  4. Niall March 29, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    Hi Graeme

    They are still finalising the details for this year’s festival. If you have any queries you can contact Glynnis on

  5. Merle Colling May 29, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

    Hi Glynnis

    We woould like to book three seats on a sitter coach for 11th July 2011.

    Please confirm.

    Kind regards

    Merle Colling.

  6. Niall May 31, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    Hi Merle

    To make a booking, you should phone Glynnis at the number listed in the article above.

  7. Glynnis June 3, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    Hi All,

    For all enquiries & bookings for the Aloe Festival 16 & 17 July 2011 vplease contact myself on or call on 0832738037

    Thank you

  8. Athene July 16, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    advise me of the next event please

  9. Glynnis July 18, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    Hi Athene

    Please email me on i will add you to my mailing list & keep you updated on any future events

    Kind regards

    Aloe Festival

  10. Penny July 18, 2011 at 6:51 pm #

    Hi Glynnis…pls add me to your mailing list for the next event. Are the rides over for 2011. Let me know ok. Thks and kind regards



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