Fancy classical music, bush dining and four nights in the wilds all in one? Book now for the SANParks Honorary Rangers’ Sunset Serenade in the Kruger National Park in 2017. It’s a singular bush experience and you’ll contribute to the fight against wildlife crime in our national parks. By Arnold Ras
For the past 16 years the Kruger National Park has played host to the SANParks Honorary Rangers’ yearly Sunset Serenade event in the Kruger’s Mopani Rest Camp. Over the course of a weekend three classical concerts are held at three unique bush venues. But hurry, limited openings are available.
According to Ken Schmidt, treasurer of the Conservation Services National Project, every concert is a memorable experience. “Where else can you enjoy sundowners and a classical music concert in the middle of Big Five country? Guests are taken out in the late afternoon to a site in the bush selected for its suitability for a concert – near a river, in a spectacular setting, or with an outstanding feature like a large baobab tree.”
On arrival at each concert, guests are served chilled water, wine and Amarula. While the sun slowly sets on the horizon, musicians perform classical music that complements the natural beauty. “The concert continues until dusk when we break for an interval and more drinks. The last part of the concert is in the dark when the moon and bar lights illuminate the musicians. Quite often the grunting of hippos and the sounds from hyenas and jackals can be heard. Once we had an elephant come quite close and show a genuine interest.”
The all-inclusive event offers three classical concerts, four nights’ accommodation and three dinners. Guests are also transported to the concert venues in game viewing vehicles at no cost as it is not permitted to drive to the venues in private vehicles.
Your bit for conservation
Net proceeds from the Sunset Serenade will be used to make sure SANParks’ anti-poaching rangers are well-equipped. “We are currently involved in a large project to revamp and improve ranger posts in the Kruger. We are also paying for the training of SANParks staff in how to deal with wildlife poisoning – the latest scourge that is going to become more and more of a problem. Over the past two years we have also paid for the acquisition and training of the first team of tracker dogs deployed in the Kruger,” says Ken.
Contact Tina Schmidt on +27 (0)82 894 0065 for more information or send her an email. Once your booking has been made, you will receive an invoice with banking details.