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Creighton Aloe festival 2012

Sat 21 & Sun 22 July 2012

Also Departs on the weekends of Sun 8th, Sat 14th & Sun 15th July

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 Sat 21st & Sun 22ndJuly an eventful weekend with birding tours, mission tours,and dairy farm tours, plus a scenic Cycle ride including local choirs & Artist.

Delicious meals & a country market.

Bookings essential before payment

Train trip options

(Please be there at least 30-45 min before departure time)

1. Festival Weekend – Date & departure times: Sat 21 July @ 10am & Sat @ 2pm & Sun 22 July @11 am

Cost Adults : Sitter Coaches R180.00 pp or Lounge coach R210.00 pp

Children : Sitter coaches R120.00 pp (between 2 – 12 ) or Lounge coach R210.00 pp

Duration : Approx 2 hrs

2. Special Sunday sunrise bike train trip to Donnybrook & an approx 40km MTB ride back through the beautiful Xumeni

Forest (Part of the Freedom Challenge route) & back to Creighton. Sun 22 July departs 7.00am

Cost : R300.00 pp includes train trip & guided bike ride back.

Duration :1 hr to Donnybrook then Approx 4 hrs return trip on your Bikes! .

Lunch : Delicious country lunch on request.

3. Aloe Steam train trips & lunch – Departure time 10 am on all the following days Sun 8th, Sat 14th & Sun 15th July

Cost Adults : Sitter Coaches R180.00pp or Lounge coach tickets R210.00 pp

Children : Sitter Coaches R120.00pp or Lounge coach tickets R210.00pp

(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 )

4. Hot Air Balloon rides Departure Sunrise Sat 21st & Sun 22nd July

Cost R900.00 for 30 min & R1800 for 1 hour (A wonderful experience)

The Aloe festival is on the Sat 21st & Sun 22nd July ( With the Country club opposite the Station having flee market; Art exhibition; Mission & birding tours country lunches & Sunday Cycle ride etc.)

The train will also run on the weekend 8th and 14th & 15th July there will be no festival but there will still be a delicious Country lunch on sale after the ride Booking essential . 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 Entertained by local singing groups & explore whilst engine moves position for the return trip.

There will be egg & bacon rolls, teas & coffees on sale at the Creighton Station before the train leaves & refreshments & snacks sold on the train.

The difference in the seating, the lounge coach has very comfortable couches @ R210 pp. The other coaches are comfortable row seating(plastic seating some have cushions) for R180 pp.

Parking is safe.

Camping R50 pp (Country club sports ground) Booking essential

Some B & B’s are also providing a wonderful 2 day weekend packageĀ (includes 2 nights B &, B all meals; your ticket for train trip, & tea/ coffee before train trip.)

Bank Details

Patons Country Railway

Fnb Ixopo (code 220223)

Acct no 62029348085

ref: Aloe surname (Date & time) (e.g. Aloe Smith 16/7 10am)

Fax no 0866314233, for confirmation of payment

Please retain your deposit slip as proof of payment & to be able to exchange for your tickets.

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 ON SALE or Lunch at the country club can be booked.

Directions Creighton are simple: From Durban or PMB. take the Thornville, Richmond road, and then the Ixopo road. As you enter Ixopo area 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 (tarred road). 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 1.30min travel time and Durban 140 kms 2.15 Hrs travel time.

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

Kind regards


Aloe Steam Festival


Cel : 083 273 8037


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