The Sandstone Spring Steam Festival in the Eastern Free State, just north of cherry-picking capital Ficksburg, is on track from November 19 to 22

Enjoy this world-famous getaway for one or four days. Savour the romance and history of vintage transport and the spectacular Narrow-Gauge Steam Railway. Take a steam train rides on the narrow-gauge railway. These will commence daily at 10am. Walk around the farming estate.

Marvel at the vast, pristine collection of old engines, farm equipment, ox wagons, and military vehicles. Where else in the world can you watch 36 Afrikaner trek oxen happily working in unison? See them in action here.

Oxen at Sandstone

The Sandstone Heritage Trust’s steam magic, heritage transportation, and authentic farming below the Maluti Mountains thrill visitors from around the world, who rejoice in the wide-open spaces, panoramic picnic spots and refreshments.


Entrance fees:  R200 per person, R125 per child under 12, including train rides. Call 051 933 2235 or 071 658 6970 for reservations or visit the website. Sandstone Estates  The organisers report bookings already streaming in

  • Watch last year’s Sandstone event here.  
  • The Sandstone Heritage Trust is compliant with Covid-19 regulations.