Steam Festival between 19 and 22 November

Visiting the Sandstone Spring Steam Festival in the Eastern Free State, just north of the cherry-picking capital of South Africa, Ficksburg, between 19 and 22 November this year is the ideal adventure to escape a challenging year.

Enjoy this unforgettable, world-famous getaway for a day or two – or for the full four days, and savour the fun, romance and history of vintage cars, trucks and the spectacular 2ft Narrow-Gauge Vintage Steam Railway. 

The unique Sandstone Heritage Trust’s exciting activities at the foothills of the majestic Maluti Mountains have brought joy to visitors from around the world for many years.

Steam train rides on the narrow-gauge railway will commence daily at 10am. Walking tours of the larger-than-life farming estate, viewing the vast, pristine collection of old engines and farm equipment, ox wagons, military vehicles in full throttle, and so much more, will be on offer.

Nowhere in the world would one witness 36 Afrikaner trek oxen working in unison – and enjoying their job. Visitors of all ages are enthralled by the magic of steam, heritage transportation and authentic farming of epic proportions at Sandstone.

Embrace the wide-open spaces, panoramic picnic spots and array of refreshments on offer in a Covid-19 regulation compliant environment. Masks, social distancing and restricted numbers will be adhered to.

Hitch a ride on a heritage train – or on an ox-wagon at Sandstone


The organisers report bookings already streaming in and it is small wonder at such affordable fees: 

Entrance R200 per person, R125 per child under the age of 12, including train rides.

Call 051 933 2235 or 071 658 6970 for reservations and

visit for further details.

For a virtual treat of the last Sandstone Heritage Steam event, see: – see the Sandstone working oxen at:


The nearby towns of Ficksburg, Fouriesburg and Clarens offer many choices of hospitality:

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