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


Bookings have opened for Our  2019 Annual Aloe Steam Train rides and Hot Air Balloons from the weekend 29 /30th  June (29 /30th  June train rides are now fully booked) every weekend till 27/28th July. The train ride  will depart at 10am and return by 1pm approx 2.30min/3 hours long, with 2 stops.

For the Festival weekend Saturday 6th July 10am (now fully booked) and 2pm is available and on Sunday 7 July depart at 12 noon. (Balloon trips only on Festival weekend   6 & 7  July),  

MTB ride & Trail run & country market, eats & refreshments contact

For all other weekends  You will be able to pre book lunch which will be served at the Creighton Club after the train ride,
Details will be available on your confirmation emailbookings are essential for catering purposes and is an awesome way to end of the day..

Below are the dates and prices of the different coaches, please let me know how many adults/children and which coach you would like to book Please give 2 options,
and we will then send you email confirmation with the banking details, directions etc.

Return train ride is approximately 3hrs long with 2 stops along the way.

Sat 29th  & Sun 30th June (now fully booked) (Pensioners Weekend) – 10am @ R170 pp (Non pensioners normal cost)

Sat 6th & Sun 7th July – Sat 6th July 10am (now fully booked) & 2pm (now fully booked) & Sun 7 July 12 noon (now fully booked) (Festival weekend)

Sat 13th (now fully booked) & Sun 14th July – 10am

Sat 20th & Sun 21st July – 10am

Sat 27th & Sun 28th July – 10am


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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