Madikwe Flatpick

& Songwriting Safari

with Tim Stafford


  • Limited to 12 guests
  • 8 nights on Safari
  • Cultural experience – Lesedi Cultural village
  • Curios shopping
  • Daily game drives
  • Luxury tented accommodation – Thakadu river camp -Madikwe
  • Daily guitar & song writing workshop sessions with Tim Stafford
  • Includes all meals, drinks, and musical tuition


January 2018
Dates: January 5, 2018 – January 14, 2018
Instructor: Tim Stafford
Host: Wiam Otto
Cost: $8499 per couple, $4399 single
Deposit: $4249.50 couple, $2199.50 single.
Max number of Musicians: 6


On this music safari we will be staying at two exceptional lodges. Our first night will be spent at the Lesedi Cultural Village which is located in the heart of the African bushveld amidst the rocky hills within the Cradle of Humankind – a World Heritage Site.

We will discover the fascinating cultures and traditions of the people of Africa, visiting five traditional homesteads inhabited by Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Basotho and Ndebele tribes who live according to tribal folklore and traditions of their ancestors. We will enjoy cultural dancing shows, delicious African cuisine and presentations on the tribes of South-Africa, their history, customs and traditions. We will also visit the Chameleon village – a curios shopper’s paradise, where you will be able to do curios shopping and purchase gifts for friends and family.

After breakfast on day two we will be departing for the Thakadu River Camp, which is a luxury game lodge set within the canopy of the riverine forest on the banks of the Marico River, in the Eastern portion of the beautiful Madikwe Game Reserve. Amongst many other wildlife species, this Malaria free reserve is home to the Wild Dog, Cheetah, and the Big 5. Madikwe is the perfect safari destination for your South-African Music Safari.

During this Madikwe Music Safari we will enjoy daily game drives in open air Safari vehicles, and spend the rest of the day getting instruction in Songwriting and Guitar playing from seasoned teacher, and professional performer Tim Stafford – an accomplished Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Guitarist, and respected member of the Bluegrass music community as founding member of the wildly popular Bluegrass band – Blue Highway.


Day 1: Curios shopping at Chameleon Village where you can enjoy a wide variety of African Arts and Crafts, followed by the Monati lunch and cultural exchange experience at Lesedi cultural village where you will spend the rest of the day and evening discovering the fascinating cultures, food and traditions of the people of Africa.

Day 2: Breakfast at Lesedi and depart for Madikwe. Arrival and lunch at the Thakadu River Lodge will be followed by our first session with Tim and a relaxed afternoon Game drive which will officially kick off our Madikwe music safari.

Day 3 to 7: Each day starts off with coffee and rusks which will be served. We will then head out on the game vehicle for our first early morning game drive.

Breakfast and lunch will be served upon our return, followed by our Master class sessions with Tim Stafford. This will be followed by an evening game drive, after which dinner will be served.

Day 8: We will start the day off with an optional early morning game drive followed by breakfast at the lodge. Departure at 11:00 am.