Promoting & supporting Southern KwaZulu-Natal Midlands retreats & attractions


I would like to introduce you to TOOCEE UP COUNTRY, promoting new and exciting Lodges and retreats, attractions and tours, for tourist both local & international & corporate market, where we offer conferencing, functions, breakaways, teambuilding & product launches or a wonderful getaway for your national or international client. Situated an hour & a half from Durban, in Southern KwaZulu-Natal midland, outside the village of Ixopo, the home of “Cry the Beloved Country” written by the well-known author Alan Paton. Guests will be able to explore and enjoy the history and beauty of the surrounding area with its rolling green hills, timber forests, thornveld and two of the biggest white water rivers in the country, the Umzimkulu River and the mighty Mkomazi River.

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2019 Creighton Aloe Steam Train & Hot Air Balloon Festival


Hi to all happy steam adventurers

To another year of magnificent Aloes & 3500 happy adventurous passengers….Thank you to one & all for you wonderful support in keeping Rail tourism Alive.

2020 is Our 15th year of the Creighton Aloe Festival. Our bookings will commence 1st April 2020

Keep close to our site for more info & new Dates June /July 2020.


Sun 13th October  (Spring trip), Sat 7th December (Christmas trip) & maybe Sun 8th December.

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What are you waiting for click on BOOKINGS to book your seats.

An awesome days outing with friends or the whole family.


Rates are listed below. Children age 3 to 12 apply, Children under 3yrs free.

Sisonke Observation Adults – R300 Children – R250
Sisonke Lounge Adults – R300 Children – R250
Sisonke Dinner Adults – R300 Children – R250
Casual Lounge coach Adults – R250 Children – R220
Sitter & Family Coach Adults – R220 Children – R190
Vintage coach – Padded Adults – R220 Children – R190
Vintage coach – Wooden Adults – R200 Children – R170
Caboose Coach Adults – R200 Children – R170

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Vintage Padded

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Vintage Wooden

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Sisonke observation

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Sisonke Lounge

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Sisonke Diner

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Casual Lounge

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The Eshayamoya Picnic train trips

We Normally have One trip on a Sunday in Oct & Two trips in Dec a Sat & Sun. Train departs 10am & returns approx 3pm. Dates still to be finalized.

Bring along your Picnic Baskets/ Cooler Bags, Blankets/ umbrellas/ camp chairs, Costumes,

Fishing Rods or Hiking Boots, Binoculars & cameras

Whatever you choose to do we will ensure you have a Fun day.

The Route.
1. Depart 10am travel to  Riverside Station, We stop for approx 15min to explore whilst the engine moves into position for the return trip.

  1. We stop at the river for your Picnic. approx 2 / 3 hrs

*(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.


Festival weekend only (6th & 7th July) 


Ann Cook – Hot Air Ballooning SA

083 446 9423 or

What are you waiting for?

Tel: 083 273 8037




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