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2019 Creighton Aloe Steam Train & Hot Air Balloon Festival


Latest News – 01 MARCH 2019

Hi everyone…  bookings will open 1 March for Our  2019 Annual Aloe Steam Train rides and Hot Air Balloons (Balloon trips only on Festival weekend 6 & 7  July).  The train ride is 2.30min hours long, with 2 stops, we will depart at 10am and return by 1pm. You will be able to pre book lunch at the Creighton Club after the train ride, those details will be available on your confirmation email…bookings are essential for catering purposes and is an awesome way to end of the day.  For the Festival weekend Saturday 6th we have 2 departures, 10am and 2pm and on Sunday 7 July depart at 12 noon.    Below is our flyer with dates and prices of the different coaches, please let me know how many adults/children and which coach you would like to book, and I will then send you email confirmation with the banking details…

Thank you

Glynnis Shewan



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

Dates 2019: Saturdays and Sundays Departure Times
Sat 29th  & Sun 30th June (Pensioners Weekend) 10am R170pp (Non pensioners normal cost)
Sat 6th & Sun 7th July Sat 6th 10am & 2pm & Sun 7 July 12 noon (Festival weekend)
Sat 13th & 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.

Coaches Adults Children
Sisonke Coach R300 R250
Casual Lounge coach R250 R220
Sitter & Family Coach R220 R190
Vintage coach – Padded R220 R190
Vintage coach – Wooden R200 R170
Caboose Coach R200 R170
Sisonke-Observation-Coach Sisonke-Lounge-Coach Sisonke-Diner-Coach Casual-Lounge-Coach
Sisonke-Observation-Coach Sisonke-Lounge-Coach Sisonke-Diner-Coach Casual-Lounge-Coach
Sitter-Coach Family-Coach Padded-seat-in-Vintage-Coach Wooden-seat-in-Vintage-Coach
Sitter-Coach Family-Coach Padded-seat-in-Vintage-Coach Wooden-seat-in-Vintage-Coach


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.

Train info and reservations:


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


(Festival Weekend only). Bookings Ann Cook – Hot Air Ballooning SA

083 446 9423 or


Merredy Louwrens on 082 820 6737 or

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