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Middleman &

Burr Madikwe

Songwriting Safari


  • 6 nights on Safari
  • Cultural village experience
  • Curios shopping
  • 2 x Daily game drives
  • Luxury tented suites accommodation
  • Daily songwriting workshop sessions with Gary Burr & Georgia Middleman
  • Includes all meals, accommodation and game drives.
  • Big 5 game viewing
  • Intimate concert by Gary and Georgia in the heart of the African bush


Dates: April 24, 2019 – April 30, 2019
Instructor: Gary Burr & Georgia Middleman
Guide: Wiam Otto
Cost: $5850 per participant sharing,
 $5350 per non – participant
Single person supplement:$150 p.p.p.n.
Deposit: 50% to secure
Max number of Musicians: SOLD OUT


Day 1: Curios shopping – 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 South-Africa.

Day 2: Breakfast at Lesedi and depart for Madikwe. Arrival and lunch at the Thakadu river camp which will be followed by our first session with Gary and Georgia and a relaxed afternoon Game drive which will officially kick off our Madikwe songwriting safari.

Day 3-6: 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 Masterclass sessions with Gary and Georgia.. This will be followed by an evening game drive, after which dinner will be served.

Day 7: We will start the day off with an optional early morning game drive followed by breakfast at the lodge. Departure at 11:00 am.


On this exclusive 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 Cambanos and Son – a curios shopper’s paradise, where you will be able to do curios shopping and purchase African arts and crafts, beads and gifts for friends and family. After breakfast on day two we will be departing for the Thakadu river lodge, which is a luxury Tented game lodge set within the canopy of the riverine forest on the banks of the Marico River, in 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 Songwriting safari we will enjoy daily game drives in open air Safari vehicles, and spend the rest of the day getting instruction in Songwriting from Hit songwriters – Gary Burr, a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee and Georgia Middleman, who has penned hits for Faith Hill and Keith Urban.

In addition to the workshop sessions and daily game drives, we will also have access to ‘walking safaris’ and a choice of swimming pools.

For five days we will be immersed in what could be described as the perfect music workshop environment. In a small group setting, with lots of individual attention, this Madikwe Songwriting Safari with Gary Burr & Georgia Middleman promises to be a
highly rewarding and unforgettable musical experience.

During the workshop sessions you can expect rare up close and personal interaction with two world class number #1 hit songwriters who will share:

  • Tips and pointers
  • Tricks and shortcuts
  • Their insight into the music industry setting.
  • The opportunity to play songs for Gary and Georgia and have them critiqued
  • Personal feedback
  • Question and answer sessions

This Madikwe Songwriting safari with Gary Burr & Georgia Middleman is open to all levels. Upon arrival at the Thakadu River Camp we will spend time to tailor make our workshop sessions, to make sure that every student get’s the most out of the experience. All of this personalised and tailored instruction, an al fresco ‘Bush performance’ by Gary & Georgia and the added bonus of jamming alongside two hit songwritiers in the heart of Africa will make this an unforgettable, once in a lifetime music safari experience.

Join us as we embark on a songwriting adventure under African skies!

Gary and Georgia will cover the following topics:


  • Where and how to find ideas and inspiration
  • Writing on demand
  • How to find great melodies
  • Writing to a loop
  • Bridges
  • Lyrics
  • Collaboration with others
  • Song structure
  • Fun with words and music
  • What to do after the song is written
  • Demos
  • Performance tips for the performing songwriter