Destiny’s Steam festival @ Sandstone Heritage Trust

Date: 26-28 February 2021.

Time: 26 February 13:00
Max Attendence: 14
Cost: R2360 pp sharing – This includes:


  • Transport in our luxury 23 seater bus with tv monitor to keep you entertained, 80 litre fridge, full air-condition, usb ports and 220volt for laptop. Soft drinks and bottled water.
  • Accommodation for 2 nights
  • Meals – braai and breakfast x 2
  • Entrance at Sandstone and this includes the train rides and activities for the day.
  • Not included lunch and alcoholic drinks.


Leaving Alberton on Friday 26th February at 13h00 we will reach our destination at Mont Plaisir in Fouriesburg at around 17h00 just in time to light the fire for a braai and witness the amazing sunset in the Sandstone Mountains. Mont Plaisir is a beautiful working farm just outside Fouriesburg called where we will sleep over for the next two nights. Accommodation varies from The Farm House, Chalet, Field Cottage, Rondavel, or the room in the Old Main House.

Saturday morning we will have a farm breakfast and then of to Sandstone Estates to enjoy a day of steam trains, vintage farm equipment, cars, trucks, military vehicles and planes, ox wagons and much more. We will take a ride on a 2ft narrow gauge vintage steam railway through the Maluti Mountains. Walking tours, ox wagon rides, picnic spots and the Waenhuis Restaurant will have plenty to eat and drink.

Late afternoon we will head back to Mont Plaisir to light the fires and have another braai around the bonfire. Sunday morning after breakfast we will enjoy the beautiful road (42km) to Clarence. We will give everyone the opportunity to enjoy the shops, art, coffee shops and surroundings until 14h00. We now have to head back home but it’s not over, as we will take the road through the beautiful Golden Gate National Park. We should be back in Alberton at around 18h00.

One Hell off a Ride

Date: 1-4 October 2021.

Start Time: 1 October 2021
Max Attendence: 14 passengers which can include 3 non riders.
Cost: R4500 pp – This includes:


  • Transport in our luxury 23 seater bus with tv monitor to keep you entertained, 80 litre fridge, full air-condition, usb ports and 220volt for laptop. Soft drinks and bottled water.
  • Sleep De Hoek Mountain resort in Oudtshoorn  on Friday 1st, Gamkaskloof on 2nd and Prince Albert on the 3rd October.
  • Backup vehicle with spares and even a spare bike all the way to the Hell and back.
  • Travel back to Alberton after breakfast on the 4th October.


With races getting cancelled we decided the best way to go is to start our own mtb adventures. It is not only a lot cheaper but also much more enjoyable. The Hell and Back mtb stage race is not just one of the toughest races but also the oldest mtb stage race. We will now do our own adventure with a few changes to make this an unforgettable adventure.

All bikes will be loaded on Thursday as we will be leaving Alberton on Friday morning 5am. We will be going to de Hoek Mountain Resort in the Swartberg pass on Oudtshoorn side. When we get to Meiringspoort we will offload the bikes and give everyone the opportunity to cycle the beautiful 12km all downhill  to de Rust. This is also were the Hell and Back race start.


We book into our rooms, start the fire for the braai and time to relax, into bed before 22h00. Saturday morning we will have a decent breakfast.  All our supplies needed for the next 2 days will be loaded into the backup vehicle and we will be off on an amazing mtb adventure. For the first 18 km we will do steady climbing to the top of the pass. We will be relieved to reach the top, now 5 km downhill and then the sign, turn left. Gamkaskloof, dangerous road for 48km, use at own risk. Wild proteas on both sides of the road and the scenery just gets better and better.

It will be such an adventure, to have this freedom and see these awesome places that most people will never experience. These mountains are not for the faint hearted. This is a hell of a ride! The backup vehicle will be available throughout the entire ride. We have all day to complete the 70km distance. We will stop on the way for lunch; we will have food and drinks during the day to keep the energy levels up.

The climbs will become steeper and longer- much longer and there is a killer called ‘Heartbreak hill”. It will get tough, riding will be at a much slower pace as we are going up Heartbreaker hill. You don’t have to be in a relationship to have you heart broken and then a view to die for followed by a downhill. Elands pass waiting to be ridden that will give Greg Minnaar butterflies. What a ride down to the valley and a welcome cold beer.  Total ascent for the day – 1850m.

Our accommodation in the Gamkaskloof will be the houses from the old Gamkaskloofers who farmed here 100 years ago that has been refurbished but kept as original as possible. We will have a braai and then time to relax, a swim and prepare for the ride back the next day.

Sunday morning we will have an early breakfast and then we will be on the bikes to tackle the steepest and most challenging part of the trip and that is to get out of the hell the 4km up Elands pass. If you can’t make it then there is always the backup vehicle.

We will stop on route for lunch and refreshments. When we get to the T-junction of the Swartberg pass we will turn left and it will be downhill all the way to the beautiful and historical Karoo town of Prince Albert .

Total ascent for the day – 2150m.

Unfortunately Monday morning after breakfast we have to take the long road back to Gauteng but luckily we will be travelling in style with plenty to eat and drink on the road.