Hear Mozart in the bush in the Kruger

Posted on 21 December 2018

Not much rivals sundowners in the bush. And if you’re in Kruger, enjoying sundowners at a remote, exclusive location inaccessible to the public would be pretty special. Now add classical music and you have something exceptional.

Nature has inspired many composers, from Vivaldi (Four Seasons) to Chopin (Raindrop Prelude), so an outdoor concert is most fitting.

How about listening to a live chamber orchestra, with string sounds bouncing off the trunks of baobabs as hyenas cackle in the distance? Every year the Sunset Serenade event, organised by the SANParks Honorary Rangers, entices bundu bashers and music lovers alike to spend a few days in and around Mopani Rest Camp, with the sole daily mission of enjoying classical music in the outdoors.

Each day Sunset Serenade guests are driven from Mopani to a different remote location in the bush. As the sun begins to set, melodies fill the evening air, making for some interesting interactions with curious wildlife. Even elephants have, on occasion, inched closer to suss out the concerts. With the Sunset Serenade continuing long after dark, the music often blends with the grunting of hippos – TARYN ARNOTT


From R9 800 per person sharing for three concerts, three dinners and four nights’ accommodation. Conservation fees R83 per person.

Do it

The next event will take place in May 2019, from 8 to 12 May followed by 15 to 19 May. Guests are booked in from Wednesday afternoon until Sunday morning. The concerts are held every afternoon after 3pm, while visitors’ days are spent at leisure. During each concert, a bar serves complimentary Rhino Tears wine, Amarula and bottled water. Dinner on the first night is for your own account. On every other night, attendees are treated to a buffet dinner. No children under 16. Guests must arrange their own transport to Mopani Rest Camp, which is 78km from Phalaborwa. Booking essential, via [email protected]


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