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  • 6 nights & 7 days on Safari
  • Big 5 game viewing
  • 2 x Daily game drives
  • Luxury accommodation at the Black Rhino Game Lodge
  • Malaria free reserve
  • Includes all meals, accommodation, game drives and workshop fees
  • Daily Bluegrass jam workshop sessions with Pete Wernick
  • Intimate bush concert by Pete & Joan Wernick  in the heart of  Africa


Dates: February 27, 2020 – March 4, 2020
Instructors: Pete Wernick assisted by Joan Wernick
Guides: Wiam and Reené Otto
Cost: $3950 per participant sharing
$3250 per non – participant
Single person supplement: $150 p.p.p.n.
Deposit: 50% to secure
Max number of Musicians: SOLD OUT





Join Pete and Joan Wernick on their six day Bluegrass Jam safari.You will enjoy a full South African cultural tour day where you will experience local South African culture, learn about South African music, singing and dancing and enjoy South African cuisine, arts and crafts. The highlight would be the 2x daily safari drives and 4 full days of being immersed in Bluegrass music and jamming goodness with Pete and Joan. The Pete Wernick Bluegrass Jam Safari South Africa is an event for players of all acoustic instruments, music-lovers of all ages, levels, interests, and tastes! Whether you are an experienced player, a beginner, or just an enthusiastic fan, our six day programs offer activities and workshops for you. Qualifications – Only the ability to switch smoothly between G, C, D, and A chords. Intermediate and experienced players are welcome, and will be given given added challenges. So whether you play Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, the Bass*, Fiddle or Dobro, you are welcome! Our environments are non-competitive and are strictly about immersing oneself in the joys of music and our lovely surroundings! The Pete Wernick Bluegrass Jam Safari South Africa promises to be a highly rewarding and unforgettable musical adventure.
* Electric bass/amp provided.
During the workshop sessions, you can expect practical, hands-on instruction providing a first hand musical encounter with Pete Wernick. At a Wernick Method class you’ll learn the ground rules of jamming, how to lead songs and “fake” breaks, find melodies and sing harmonies—all at gentle tempos in a supportive, low-pressure environment. Upon arrival at the Black Rhino Game Lodge we will spend time to tailor-make our workshop sessions, to ensure that every student gets the most out of their experience. All of this personalized and tailored instruction, an al fresco ‘bush performance’ by Pete and Joan Wernick and the added bonus of jamming alongside a Bluegrass music legend in the heart of one of the most beautiful settings in Africa will make this an unforgettable, once in a lifetime music safari experience.




On this music safari we will be staying at the exceptional Black Rhino Game Lodge, which is situated within the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, one of the largest volcanic complexes of its kind in the world with it’s rare rock types and structure making it a unique geological feature. The early presence of man can be seen in the numerous Stone and Iron Age sites that are scattered throughout the Park.
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 our visit to Cambanos and Sons we will depart for the Lesedi cultural village.  On the following day we will depart Lesedi and head out to the Black Rhino Game Lodge to start our music safari. During this Pete Wernick Bluegrass Jam Safari we will enjoy 2x daily game drives in open air safari vehicles, and spend the rest of the day getting instruction from world renowned performer and instructor, and one of the most influential Banjo players in Bluegrass – Pete Wernick



*Pre -safari. Fly into the OR TAMBO International airport, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Day 1: Depart Emperors Palace hotel and visit Cambanos and Son where you can enjoy a wide variety of African Arts and Crafts, after which we will have lunch at the beauutiful ans scenic lake side town of Hartebeespoort dam. After lunch we will check in at the Lesedi cultural village, where we will join the cultural tour and spend the night.
Day 2:Depart Lesedi. Arrival, lunch and check- in at the Black Rhino Game Lodge, followed by our music orientation session and our first game drive which will officially kick off the Pete Wernick Bluegrass Jam Safari – South Africa.
Day 3-6:Each day starts off with coffee, tea and biscuits. We will then head out on the safari vehicles for our first early morning game drive. Brunch will be served upon our return, followed by our up-close, hands-on class sessions with Pete and Joan Wernick. This will be followed by an afternoon game drive, after which dinner will be served. Informal jamming, open mic sessions, and (optional) student group performances to follow.
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.

Join us as we embark on six days of group adventure and Bluegrass jamming  under African skies!


" Come and experience the magic of South Africa. Home to ancient cultures and civilizations, this land is the very cradle of humankind. Known as the Rainbow Nation, South Africa is celebrated for it's diverse cultures, warm, friendly people, amazing weather, wildlife and it's breathtaking scenic beauty "



 The Black Rhino Game Lodge is set within a Tamboti forest, overlooking a busy waterhole, which is a hive of bird and animal activity, and a playground for the elephants .This area has become renowned as one of South Africa’s most exciting big five eco-tourism destinations. Among many other wildlife species, this Malaria free reserve is home to the Wild Dog, Cheetah, and the Big 5. The Pilanesberg Nature Reserve is the perfect destination for your South African Music Safari.



The communal area of the Black Rhino Game Lodge was created around a large watering whole. Outdoor dining and a the traditional boma allow you to soak up the balmy African nights. The inside areas provide a cosy space with clean designs and organic materials. The bar and cocktail lounge are a good place to socialize with other guests and exchange stories from the bush.
  • 2 x Plunge pools
  • Two lounges
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Restaurant
  • Lapa
  • Internet/wifi
  • Laundry
  • Large waterhole
  • Open air boma




The main lodge boasts spacious and luxuriously appointed bedroom suites. Each comfortable air-conditioned suite offers a television, tea/coffee making facilities and private patio that opens out into the bush. Each suite has an open plan bathroom with a closed toilet. There is a separate bath and shower as well as an outdoor shower.


  • En- suite bathroom
  • Outside shower
  • Outside patio
  • Air conditioning providing both heating and cooling
  • Mini bar fridge (stocked upon request)
  • Coffee & Tea Station
  • T.V.



Black Rhino Game Lodge is situated in one of South Africa’s largest wildlife sanctuaries, home to almost all of Southern Africa’s big game as well as more than 300 bird species.



  • 2 x Game drives per day
  • Birding
  • Bush walks


09h00 Depart hotel in Johannesburg
09h40 – 10h20 Curios shopping at Cambanos and Sons en-route to Lesedi cultural village
13h00 – 15:00 Lunch in Hartebeespoort dam
15h00 Check in Lesedi cultural village
15h00-18h00 Cultural tour, singing & dancing show
18h00 -19h30 Dinner
07h30 Breakfast
09h00 Depart Lesedi cultural village
12h00 Arrival & check in at Black Rhino Game Lodge
13h00-14h00 Lunch
14h00-15h30 Orientation session
16h30-19h00 Afternoon safari drive
19h00-20h30 Dinner
05h30 Departure for 3hr game drive
09h00  Brunch
11h30-13h00 Pete Wernick workshop 1
13h00-14h00 Lunch
14h00-15h30 Pete Wernick worshop 2
15h30 Break / Snacks & Hot Tea
16h30 Depart for afternoon game drive
19h00-20:30 Dinner
05h30 Departure for 3hr game drive
09h00-10h30 Brunch
11h30-13h00 Pete Wernick Workshop
13h00-14h00 Lunch
14h00-15h30 Pete Wernick workshop 2
15h30-16h30 Break / Snacks & Hot Tea
16h30 Depart for afternoon game drive
19h00-20h30 Dinner
05h30 Departure for 3hr game drive
09h00-10h30 Return back to base/ Brunch
11h00-13h00 Pete Wernick workshop 1
13h00-14h00 Lunch
14h00-15h30 Pete Wernick workshop 2
15h30-16h30 Break / Snacks & Hot Tea
16h30 Depart for afternoon game drive
19h00-20h30 Dinner
05h30  Departure for 3hr game drive
09h30-10h30 Brunch
11h00-13h00 Pete Wernick workshop 1
13h00-14h00 Lunch



Pete Wernick workshop 2

Evening game drive


05h30 Depart for short morning game drive
08h00-9h00 Brunch
09h00-10h00 Check out
11h00 Depart Black rhino lodge
14h00 Arrive OR Tambo international airport/Emperors palace hotel