Some questions and answers

Can we buy an entry ticket for Sandstone without a package?
Yes, Geoff's Trains can sell you a ticket for Sandstone entry only, but not for groups of more than four. Accommodation is limited in the area,
and transport between accommodation and Sandstone, and around the estate, can prove difficult. The Geoff's Trains packages offer other
benefits as well, you will have access to our representatives, coaches will run around the estate for photographers to tie in with the more
important train movements and the morning photographic opportunities can only be booked in association with a package.

If you wish to book Sandstone tickets only,
send us a request and we will get back to you.

If I buy Sandstone entry tickets through you, will you assist with finding accommodation?
Geoff's Trains can only assist with accommodation if you buy one of our packages. However, a web search for accommodation in Ficksburg or
Fouriesburg in the Freestate province of South Africa should produce results. You will then have to arrange your own transport as well.

Do you know where we will stay?
Accommodation within easy commute of Sandstone is limited and this has in the past proven difficult. Geoff's Trains is working with the
accommodation suppliers in the area and will find you somewhere suitable to stay, even if the few hotels in the area are full. This
accommodation will be based on a number of hubs such as Fouriesburg, Ficksburg and Clarens. Scheduled coach services will connect each
hub with Sandstone. Your accommodation will be discussed with you when you book and will then only be changed if unavoidable, in line with
our booking conditions. Early booking is strongly advised but if this is not possible, we will find something to suit your needs.

Can I arrange my own group visit?
If you are a tour operator, club or if you have a group of friends wishing to travel together, Geoff will be delighted to discuss options with you.
The identity and individuality of your group can be maintained whilst you benefit from the integrated logistics that can make your visit hassle

Are flights included?
No, we include airport transfers in Africa, but not flights. Our visitors come from many countries and it is impractical to include flights which are
normally easier and cheaper to arrange on-line or through your  travel agent. It is very easy to book local and regional flights in southern Africa,
and Geoff will be happy to offer advice. One year before the festival, anyone who has booked will be sent a list of suggested internal and
regional flights that will most conveniently fit in with airport transfers.

Should I arrive in Johannesburg one day early?
Transfers to Sandstone leave OR Tambo Airport at 13h00. If you arrive early that morning, you should be OK, but missing the coach will incur
additional cost for a personal transfer and this can prove expensive. It can be more comfortable to spend a night in Johannesburg to get some
sleep and recover from the long flight. There are a number of hotels at the airport, the Intercontinental is closest, the City Lodge is a little further
but still an easy walk. Both can easily be booked on-line. Geoff can discuss other options if you wish.

I am vegetarian, is that OK?
South Africans love meat. Vegetarian and special diets can be catered for, but make sure you tell us when you book.
Page updated on
23 January 2018
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