Promoting & supporting Southern KwaZulu-Natal midland’s 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.

Paton Country Railways Eshayamoya express Picnic Steam Train Rides

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Train trip Dates

Dec 9th & 10th Christmas Picnic train trip
Feb 2018 Valentine Picnic trip still to confirm
March / April 2018 Easter Picnic trip still to be confirmed


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

Coaches Adults Children
Vintage Coach R180 R150
Caboose coach (groups) R180 R150
Family Coach R200 R150
Sitter Coach R200 R150
Casual Lounge coach R230 R200
Sisonke Diner coach R280 R230
Sisonke lounge coach R280 R230
Sisonke Observation coach R280 R230

Sisonke Observation

Patons Country Railway – Bringing tourism to the people and places where it is most needed

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