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STARS OF SANDSTONE FESTIVAL
MARCH 31-APRIL 9, 2017
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This tour offers the Stars of Sandstone Festival with accommodation, coach transfer from Johannesburg to Sandstone and back and the use of a private coach for transfers between hotel and the Sandstone Estate during your stay. You can also include some of the Tourist Option activities, such as the three day train and coach journey between Johannesburg and Sandstone and the day trip to Lesotho. Feel free to ask about any combination that best suits your interests. You can also benefit with a discounted price by combining Sandstone with the week long Garratts to Victoria Falls tour.
Day 1 Friday March 31: (D)
Leave Johannesburg's O R Tambo Airport at 12:00pm (noon) for a road transfer to your hotel at Fouriesburg. Fouriesburg Country Inn.
Day 2 Saturday April 1: (B-L-D)
A full day at the Stars of Sandstone Festival. Two buses will transfer from the hotel this morning, one before sunrise and the second after breakfast. Sandstone will also run a complimentary minibus service. Sandstone will have a varied program each day, but the program has not yet been advertised. We will keep you informed as more details are known. All meals will be at Sandstone and are included, their catering has been very popular at previous events. Return to the hotel after dinner.
Sandstone is a large commercial farming estate on the picturesque South African / Lesoto border. The principal business here is agriculture, with crops including wheat, soya and the very colorful cosmos flower that are grown for their seed. The estate is very open, you can walk freely almost everywhere and there will also be organized walks. Many years ago, owner Wilf Mole started collecting vintage agricultural machinery, eventually branching out into a railway that is used to carry crops back to the central area. These heritage activities grew and it was decided to open the facility to visitors in a festival that covers two weekends and the intervening week. Enthusiasts from around the world travel to Sandstone to give their support, operating the railway, agricultural machinery, steam road vehicles, traction engines and steam cranes, military vehicles including working tanks with the support of the South African military museum, vintage aircraft, draft animals, vintage cars and buses, and much more. Sandstone has an outstanding narrow gauge railway system. Over 13 miles of scenic line, about 24 working steam locomotives and 200 items of rolling stock offer an abundant opportunity to ride the rails, photograph trains and generally have a lot of fun on the railroad.
Travel by road today to explore the attractive country of Lesoto in the border region. Your tour will include a visit to the Katse Dam in Lesotho, the second largest dam in Africa. Built high in the Maluti Mountains, the dam is the heart of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. This is the land of the "blanket people", who ride their sturdy ponies, build picturesque houses and greet visitors with a dignified salute. Lunch is not included today if you choose this option and dinner will be at the hotel. This can be pre-booked. You will join the guests on the tourist package for the day in their coach. The additional cost for this will be US$60.00 per person.
Days 3-8 Sunday-Friday April 2-7: (B-L-D)
Six full days at the Stars of Sandstone Festival
Day 9 Saturday April 8: (B)
Enjoy your last sunrise and breakfast at Sandstone before transferring by motor coach to Johannesburg airport. If you are returning home, check in for your flight. If you are continuing to Zimbabwe to join the Garratts to Victoria Falls tour, check in to your hotel.
all prices per person
DOUBLE ROOM OCCUPANCY$1,975
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT HOTELS ONLY$100
EARLY BIRD DISC0UNT BOOK BY SEPTEMBER 30-$100
DEPOSIT TO HOLD SPACE CONFIRMED$500
FINAL PAYMENT DUE BY DECEMBER 31, 2016
SANDSTONE & GARRATTS TO VICTORIA FALLS COMBINED
DOUBLE ROOM OCCUPANCY$4,695
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT HOTELS ONLY$305
SUPPLEMENT FOR A COUPLE IN A COMPARTMENT$300
EARLY BIRD DISC0UNT BOOK BY SEPTEMBER 30-$300
FINAL PAYMENT DUE BY DECEMBER 31, 2016
TOUR CONDITIONS FOR 2018 **PLEASE READ CAREFULLY**
Tour Price: All tour prices are subject to change without notice, at any time. All prices based on double room occupancy. Those people that use a credit card for payments a 3% conveyance fee will be added to the tour price. We reserve the right to change tour prices if necessary without prior notice.