South Africa's Blue Train
will visit Sandstone. We
will be happy to assist with
bookings, to find out more,
|The Stars of Sandstone International Festival
Geoff's Trains are delighted to act as exclusive sales agent for International bookings, we see ourselves as part of the Sandstone team that
works tirelessly to make sure that every festival is better than the last one. Sandstone will continue to stage the festival, but Geoff's Trains will
be there to make sure that you enjoy the unique atmosphere.
As the Sandstone Festivals developed, they showcased the heritage assets to those wanting a hands on experience running the railway as
well as driving traction engines, tractors, vintage cars and military vehicles. The festivals are now a major feature in the southern hemisphere's
industrial heritage scene, growing numbers of visitors pass through the gates of each festival held every two years, making Sandstone the
perfect place to experience a fascinating part of South Africa that no other African holiday can match.
You may have visited South Africa and even Sandstone previously and would like to spend as long as possible at the festival. On the other
hand, you may be making your first visit to South Africa and would like to see more of the country. Whatever your interests, we have something
We can arrange Sandstone entry tickets for you if you wish to find your own accommodation and transport. Alternatively, you are welcome to
contact Sandstone Heritage directly. Tickets are issued for the number of days that you wish to visit.
Find details here
The International Festival
04 to 12 April 2019
The Stars of Sandstone International Festival starts on 04 April and ends on 12 April 2019, with 13 and 14 April being a more locally focused
family event. There are also two preview days on 02 and 03 April that can be booked through Geoff's Trains, an opportunity to explore the
collection without the crowds.
See a detailed programme here
A choice of tour packages
We have prepared a number of packages that start and end in Johannesburg to make your visit easy. You can book a package that includes
transfers between Johannesburg and Sandstone, accommodation, festival entry and the services of the Geoff's Trains management team.
Exclusive morning photographic events can only be booked in association with these packages.
Coaches leave Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport at 13h00 on 01, 03 and 08 April, they return on 08 and 12 April.
These coach transfers make it possible to book a number of inclusive packages:
- Travel from Johannesburg to Sandstone on 01 or 03 April and return on 12 April. (The 01 April departure includes two preview days). -
- Travel from Johannesburg to Sandstone on 01 or 03 April and return on 08 April (Four or six days at Sandstone). -
- Travel from Johannesburg to Sandstone on 08 April and return on 12 April (Three days at Sandstone). -
- Both the 03 to 12 April and the 08 to 12 April visits can be combined with the mainline steam train to Bloemfontein and Kimberley. -
If you are a photographer, exclusive morning photographic sessions can be booked to coincide with your visit.
The daily festival programme will, as far as is feasible, be repeated before and after 08 April, as many locomotives as possible will be seen
both before and after that date, if you choose to visit on one of the shorter packages you should see all of the main traction and activities but
booking the longer package will offer you better photographic opportunities as well as a chance to experience the many activities that take
place throughout the festival.
Something special for photographers
Sandstone is a photographer's paradise. Good weather,great scenery and a proliferation of interesting subjects will keep your camera shutter
clicking all day long. To maximise photographic opportunities for more serious photographers, a special package has been created that
includes access to a railway photo session between sunrise and breakfast with selected locomotives and a specialist run-past organiser.
These morning sessions happen before the festival opens at 10 am and will only be accessible to pre-booked participants. There will be
other benefits including convenient accommodation options and afternoon photo sessions. Bookings are limited to 50.
Turn your Sandstone visit into a great African holiday
Geoff's Trains is offering a number of post tour activities that can turn your Sandstone visit into a more inclusive African experience. These
include a special mainline steam train and a hosted visit to Victoria Falls featuring a tram ride to the famous bridge over the Zambezi River and
dinner on a Garratt powered steam train. This will be followed by a safari par-excellence on the Chobe River in Botswana with one of Africa's
foremost photo safari companies.
A charter train from Johannesburg to Bethlehem
10 to 12 April 2019
The train will leave the Reefsteamers Germiston depot on the morning of 11 April, bound for Bethlehem (you can board the train the previous
evening). The train will be hauled between Germiston and Bethlehem by a diesel electric locomotive. You will have sleeper accommodation
and dinner will be a traditional Braai (barbecue). On 12 April, either remain on the train for the steam charter back to Johannesburg, or transfer
by coach to Sandstone for the Family Festival (accommodation and transfers can be include).
A steam charter train from Bethlehem visiting Sandstone and Bloemfontein with a road trip to Kimberley
12 to 17 April 2019
Our five day charter train includes runpasts in some of South Africa's best scenery as well as visits to Bloemfontein for the Sandstone railway
workshops and the national heritage steam collection, the Steamnet 2000 steam collection in Kimberley and Germiston, the photogenic
Reefsteamers depot. The train will be operated by a Class 12AR locomotive, built by North British in 1919. This is an excellent way to end your
Find out more about the steam trains here
Victoria Falls and some wildlife
We have been asked to include a hosted visit to Victoria Falls and are delighted to do so. Spend three nights at the Falls, including a hosted
tour of the Victoria Falls, a tram ride to the famous Bridge, a sunset boat cruise and an optional dinner steam train ride before either flying
home or crossing the border to Botswana for a three night wildlife Safari on the Chobe River. The tour can be booked on two different dates to
accommodate the rest of your tour.
Find out more about Victoria Falls and Chobe here
Find answers to some commonly asked questions here
|Page updated on
09 November 2018
|Can Agents book groups?
Absolutely, talk to Geoff, he will
work with you to prepare a package
suited to your clients. You can
maintain your identity, have your
own group manager and still take
advantage of Geoff's Trains
Smaller groups are also welcome,
we can make sure that you have
the right accommodation, your
group stays together during
transfers and they can enjoy a
consistent level of service at
|Tell me about Sandstone
Sandstone are very good at
sending newsletters and
information, they have an
interesting website with maps,
photos, videos on u-tube, stock
lists and much more.
Find out more here
|Unser Generalagent für
unsere Gäste aus dem
Bahnreisen Sutter ist unser
deutscher Repräsentant für das
Sandstone Festival einschl.
Über Bahnreisen Sutter können
Sie die einzelnen Reiseprogramme
für das Sandstone Festival
buchen. Bahnreisen Sutter freut
sich Ihnen die Reise zu diesem
einmaligen Kultur- und
Eisenbahnfestival zu organisieren.
Über diesen Link gelangen Sie
zur Homepage von Bahnreisen
|Our American agent
Nevada based Trains and Travel
International are assisting us with
American sales. If you book
through them, you are still
welcome to ask contact Geoff's
Trains with any queries
The Trains and Travel website can
be found here.
Geoff's Trains Ltd is a British tour
operator well positioned to accept
bookings from all countries.
However, you are also welcome to
contact Oxfordshire based PTG
Tours who offer all of our tours,
particularly the 2019 Africa season.
PTG offer packages that include
flights, something that Geoff's
Trains does not do.
PTG can be found here.