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Take in the beau­ti­ful land­scape around Creighton in KZN from aboard a steam train. On this 2½-hour re­turn trip, the D19 or GMAM steam train will wind past dairy farms and along the Umz­imkhulu River to the val­ley of aloes, where it will stop for 20 min­utes to al­low pas­sen­gers to view and pho­to­graph the thou­sands of aloes, from the chan­de­lier-like bit­ter aloe ( Aloe ferox) to the krantz aloe ( Aloe ar­borescens) with its spread­ing growth habit. Also on of­fer over the fes­ti­val week­end are ho­tair bal­loon flights, moun­tain-bike races and a mar­ket. When? 8-10 July 2016 (Aloe Fes­ti­val); the train will also do trips on 2 & 3, 16 & 17 and 23 & 24 July. Price R180-R280pp for the trip (R150-R230 for kids be­tween the ages of three and 12) Con­tact, aloe­fes­ti­


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