Promoting & supporting Southern
KwaZulu-Natal midland's retreats & attractions

2017 Creighton Aloe Steam Train & Hot Air Balloon Festival

Return train ride is approximately 3hrs long.
Dates: Saturdays and Sundays Departure Times
24th & 25th June 10am (Pensioners weekend: R150pp (Non pensioners normal cost)
1st & 2nd July 10am
8th & 9th July 10am
14th, 15th & 16th July 10am & 2pm & Sun 12 noon (Festival weekend)
22nd & 23rd July 10am (Last weekend)

Rates are listed below. Children age 3 to 12 apply, Children under 3yrs free.
Coaches Adults Children
Sisonke Coach R280 R230
Casual Lounge coach R230 R200
Sitter & Family Coach R200 R170
Vintage coach R180 R150
Caboose Coach R180 R150

Info & reservations: Please book with or

Sisonke Diner Sisonke Lounge Sisonke Observation

Sitter Casual Lounge Family


The train ride itself is a 2 -2.5 hr trip with beautiful Aloe viewing along the way.
It will make 2 stops:
1. En route, for passengers to walk amongst the Aloes & for a Photo opportunity.
2. At Riverside Station, We stop for approx 15min to explore whilst the engine moves into position for the return trip.

*(Please be at the station at least 30-45 min before departure time to collect tickets. Seats are allocated)*

There will be Egg & Bacon Rolls, teas & coffees on sale at Creighton Station. Refreshments & snacks for sale on the train.

For more info on the Creighton Festival Weekend (country market, MTB Rides, etc):

Hot Air Balloon trip (Festival Weekend only). Bookings Ann Cook- Hot Air Ballooning SA 083 446 9423

List of Accommodation Merredy Louwrens 082 820 6737

If you require a Stand at Country Market contact

Directions (GPS 30o01¹41²S 29o50¹24²E) Creighton are simple: From Durban or PMB take the Umlaas Rd R61 (Thornville, Richmond) proceed straight on till you join up with R56. Turn left Richmond/ Ixopo road proceed straight through Umkomaas Valley. Still the R56 pass you will Buddhist Retreat (Right) then Amble Inn (left). As you enter Ixopo area (huge intersection) take a right turn signposted as Ixopo / Donny Brooke / Underberg/ Bulwer. Now on R612 You Pass Ixopo (on the left) Travel along that road for approximately 18 Kms, 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 at the country club & is safe. The Distances from PMB is approximately 105 kms 1h.30min & travel time from Durban 140 kms 2h.15. You are going back in time on a trip of nostalgia, so enjoy & accept if the Old Girl coughs or splutters or stops for a break....it¹s a journey. We regret no refunds.

c: 083 273 8037
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