Midekwe Private Game Reserve South Africa

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A Once In A Lifetime Trip.....

I know - I've Been There!

Most photos taken by Steve with his under $500 Sony camera.

You don't need to be a pro to love this trip.

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The 2021 Lodge - Madikwe Private Game Reserve

A stunningly beautiful Big 5 Reserve with brand new rooms waiting just for our group!

Thakadu River Camp South Africa‍‍

Madikwe Game Reserve is a conservation area in South Africa’s North West Province, bordering Botswana. The reserve’s grassland, forest and rocky Tshwane Tshwane hills are home to a variety of wildlife such as elephants, lions, leopards and rhinos, plus endangered wild dogs. Hundreds of bird species include ostrich, vultures and the large Kori bustard. Animals often gather at the Madikwe Dam to drink at sunset.

This is a small group jamming experience though non-musicians are welcome.
We need listeners too!

We have ONE Cabin left at this time, so check with Kevin for availability.

Jamming in South Africa Safari

Join us for an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experience traveling to Africa for an African Photo Safari. I can’t tell you how excited Donna and I are to be teaming up with our Safari hosts Kevin and Tricia Dooley on an adventure that none of us will forget for the rest of our lives. In my many years of teaching and traveling the world to hold group guitar workshops there has never been a destination as special as visiting Africa. We’ll spend our mornings and late afternoons exploring the wildlife of South Africa, and the mid day will be filled with Jamming and Learning New Tunes that will be fun and rewarding. Our evenings and nights will be spent in a beautiful safari lodge, including exceptional African cuisine. The workshop will be a small group with lots of tunes and songs and some individual attention. Bring along your spouse or friend even if they don’t play an instrument, the Safari alone should be an unforgettable experience.

Please contact Kevin and allow him to describe this incredible experience to you with all the reasons you should consider joining us.
The first night in South Africa we will be staying at the Lesedi Cultural Village.

During our Safari we will be at the Medikwe Private Game Reserve.
Both locations provide luxurious and traditionally-styled accommodations for you to enjoy.
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Our Daily Schedule

Below is a general outline of our daily schedule while on Safari: All Activities are optional, the camp is a great place to just relax and enjoy nature.

6:00 AM Wake Up (Maybe earlier)
6:30 AM Tea/Coffee/ Snacks
6:45 AM Leave on Safari (Maybe earlier)
11:00 AM Return from Safari
11:30 AM Full Breakfast or Brunch
12:45 PM Jam Session with Steve
3:00 PM High Tea
3:30 PM Leave on Safari
Return at Dark
8 PM Full Dinner, time by the fire, and bed time

Join Idube Photo safaris on the Steve Kaufman Jam Safari of a life time, not just a jam session, this is a full African Safari. We stay in some of Southern Africa’s best luxury safari lodges with comfort, Game viewing experiences, and cuisine in mind. Our Jam Session normally take place during the mid day hours after your made to order breakfast and before a yummy Lunch. The daily Jams last a little over an hour, plus the teaching and experience while on the Game Drives. On workshops with a guest speaker and Kevin Dooley of Idube photo safaris, you will also get wildlife photography tips in addition to the guest speakers program. Of course you will still have time between the mid day workshop and the afternoon/evening game drive to relax around the pool and lodge or take a nap. There will be no classes on the last full day in order to pack and prepare to return home.

Idube Photo Safaris has searched for the ultimate South African Shopping Experience . Clothing, Jewelry, Arts and Crafts, Bead work, Drums, and just about everything under the sun that is African. This business is one of the biggest in South Africa, supplying the world with African curios. But the pledge remains the same “Make sure the customer is happy” and hope they eventually become friends. The business is still run by the family today; Gerry Cambanos is only a phone call away if you require a piece of Africa in your home. We will spend approximately two hours at this amazing location. This stop will be in route to our Lesedi Cultural Village Experience and sleepover.


Stay in a traditional rural African family in a choice of five traditional homesteads, which nestle in the African bush, and where families of Pedi, Sotho, Xhosa, Zulu and Ndebele live. Accommodation offers every modern comfort with en-suite bathrooms. Some interesting facts of each tribal homestead are detailed for your enjoyment.

Your Stay

On arrival at Lesedi in the late afternoon, you’ll be welcomed by the families who then take you to their homestead where you will be staying. The head of the home then becomes your personal escort for the rest of your stay. Once settled in your comfortable accommodation huts, you’ll be introduced to the many colourful and fascinating aspects of the cultures of the people of Lesedi.

Nyama Choma Restaurant

An integral element of African culture is the way in which food forms part of the celebration of their eclectic mix of cultures. The 160-seater restaurant with its authentic setting and vibrant décor offers an exotic buffet with meat delicacies ranging from ostrich, Chicken, Lamb, and Beef to unusual fare such as crocodile. The restaurant is divided into three sections, namely: East Africa: featuring murals of the Maasai, the beautiful people of the East South Africa: Murals of nine tribes of South Africa, North Africa, the Nile Room: Sit cross legged on floor cushions at low tables. Each of these venues offers its own unique dining experience, where you can absorb the variety of colors, sights, smells, tastes and sounds of the various African customs. All of which is complemented by the restaurant’s traditional and friendly service.

Daily Cultural Show

The Monati (lunch) and Boma (dinner) cultural experiences are 2½ hour programs starting at 11:30am and 16:30pm daily. Guests are taken to the Ndebele village where a welcome by all the people of Lesedi, takes place. The program begins with a multi-visual presentation on the history and origins of today’s rainbow nation, followed by a guided tour of the five homesteads. Guests are escorted to the Boma for traditional singing and dancing – a participation affair!

Dance Show

The Ingoma – An amazing multi-cultural dance show. As the sun sets over the African bush, you’re escorted to the Boma for a very interactive affair of traditional singing and dancing, which depict stories dating back to the days of their ancestors. Thrill to the amazing spectacle of Lesedi’s Giant Ngoma, a multi-cultural dance display that will teach you more about our fascinating traditions.

Added Bonus on Your Safari

Wildlife Photographer and Safari Guide Kevin Dooley will be available to teach wildlife photography to those who are interested. Both on the safari vehicle and around the lodge Kevin will be giving out helpful wildlife photography tips to those who are interested. If we have enough spouses of the Jammers that are interested, we can also do a mid-day photography workshop. All levels of photographers are welcome, even those who just want to get some basic help on making their safari photos better. No Extra Charge.

Your Safari Lodge

The main camp at aha Thakadu River Camp is located between the Marico River and a small tributary of the Marico. The lodge comprises an open-plan lounge, dining and reception areas which are warm and welcoming and an oasis within the African bushveld. The attractive bar and pool area is the perfect spot to unwind and relax.

From the moment you arrive you will be delighted by the lodge staff’s warm hospitality and personal care as you enjoy the lush views of the gully and river to the north. The lodge has been carefully constructed to blend into its surroundings, with the use of wood and thatched roofs. A traditional lapa falls within a glade of natural riverine forest and is the perfect space to enjoy the panoramic views.
Thakadu River Camp features private deck accommodation with astounding 360-degree views. Enjoy a sun-downer as the sun sets and you might even have an animal sighting as they disappear into the horizon. Relax around a fire under the stars and enjoy the sublime dishes prepared by our chefs over the flames and presented in traditional African style.

Main Restaurant

This attractive and relaxing restaurant has beautiful views of the bush and mountains and offers a delicious bush breakfast, leisurely lunch and buffet dinner. The food is wholesome and hearty offering mouth-watering dishes and complemented by warm, friendly service.

Outdoor Boma

This is the perfect setting to relax around an open-fire and dine under the stars while our chefs prepare the most delicious meals cooked over the flames and presented in traditional African style. Weather permitting.

Viewing Deck

Light meals and snacks can be enjoyed whilst taking in the magnificent views of the mountains and the bushveld. Sip a sundowner as the sunsets and you might even have a sighting of animals as they disappear into the horizon.

Our Vehicles and Guides

No big buses, Only very small private groups, we will be with you for your Safari. With Idube Photo Safaris, you will enjoy the private use of a specially outfitted 4-wheel drive safari vehicles providing for maximum flexibility, comfort and wildlife viewing. We will help with setting up your gear to photograph wildlife and will make suggestions on camera gear and camera support. You will normally have two game drives a day,(weather permitting) that normally last three to four hours each. You have the option to join us on all our game drives or to skip a game drive and just relax around the lodge. Our Game Drive vehicles are equipped with spot lights for night time game drives, radios for communication with the lodge and other safari vehicles, as well as blankets and ponchos. Your private guide will have expert knowledge about the area you will be traveling, the wildlife you will be experiencing, will be completely devoted to your party – answering questions and sharing information about your wildlife encounters. Because our groups all have a common interest, we can tailor the game drives to our interests.

Wildlife Viewing

Our wildlife areas are huge and have a very large diversity of Animal life, Bird life, Plant life, and Geology. We may choose to focus on predators (lions, hyenas, cheetahs and leopards), or the large herbivores (elephants, giraffes, rhinos, zebra, and wildebeest ) however we never know what we might come across while out in the African bush. We do share radio calls and work with other Safari Vehicles in the area, working together to locate the best wildlife sightings. In addition to looking for wildlife, we stop in the mornings for coffee and muffins and in the evening for sun-downers and snacks.


Our Hosts

Kevin and or Tricia will be with you for your Safari. We will provide a meet and greet at the airport, as well as be with you to help with everything on your Safari. Kevin Dooley is a qualified FGASA nature guide and professional wildlife and portrait/wedding photographer. The advantages of having a professional photographer and wildlife guide with you on safari are many. With the knowledge of photography, the passion of getting just the right image and lighting, and the training in locating wildlife and understand their behavior is a big bonus to have on safari. Tricia Dooley is South African and has a great knowledge of the country, it’s people, and the advantage of knowing the roads and directions to great places to visit and see. Tricia also has the advantage of communicating and understanding the local people.
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I have lost track of the number of photo safaris I have been on.  As a dedicated wildlife photographer, I have traveled the world seeking opportunities to photograph exotic animals in their natural habitat. Some of the safaris I have been on have been quite difficult, uncomfortable and physically demanding, while others have provided the very essence of a luxury vacation.  After more than a dozen safaris dedicated to photography, I can say without reservation that the Steve Kaufman Jamming In Africa Safari is the best of all worlds.  

In addition to the opportunity to participate in musical workshops with Steve, a world class musician and teacher, the photographic opportunities are unmatched.  Kevin and Tricia Dooley, and their company, Idube Photo Safaris, have mastered the art of providing the perfect safari.  The lodge they have chosen, the ground transportation they provide, and the invaluable knowledge and experience they generously share all combine to make this particular safari the best of all.  This was my first African safari, and after a dozen or so safaris since, this is the only one I have returned to multiple times.

This safari combines my interests of music and photography, making it a natural choice for me.  What is even more interesting to me, though, is how much the non-musicians and non-photographers enjoy the adventure.  Even if you do not have the latest professional camera with a huge telephoto lens, the opportunity to be surrounded by these animals in their natural state is worth the price of admission alone. Even if you are not an accomplished musician, the opportunity to relax in the airconditioned lodge, listening to Steve Kaufman play his guitar, enjoying lunch between the morning and evening game drives, really raises the bar compared to other safaris.  I can’t recommend the Steve Kaufman Jamming In Africa Photo Safari highly enough. Jeff M from Spark, NV


Steve & Donna,
Thanks again for a most wonderful vacation. The accommodations were terrific, the food excellent and the friendships we made will last a lifetime. The twice daily photo drives were spectacular. The sunset cocktails in the wild only made it more memorable. It is still hard to believe the amount of wildlife we saw; animals that you can see no place else in the world and all the incredible pictures we took.. All that, then add in an award winning guitar workshop every afternoon. You created the perfect vacation! We will never forget the experience of playing at the school and sharing with the wonderful children and teachers from the area. Hope to see you soon.
Nick & Lisa (Two Time Safari Couple)    


Steve, just wanted to say THANKS, for encouraging us to take the safari trip with you and Donna, it was fantastic!! From beginning to end, it was a trip we will never forget. We met some great folks along the way and formed new friendships. The music, the performance for the children, the lodge, the food, the magnificent game drives and the animals were all spectacular! Memories to last a lifetime. See you soon!
Bill and Anita J from PA


$9700.00 per couple
$4850.00 Per Person Double Occupancy
$5499.00 Single

Nine Nights and Ten Days
Depart USA Thursday, November 11th 2021
Arrive Johannesburg - Friday, November 12th 2021
Peermont Mondior - Friday, November 12th
Shopping at Cabano's and Lesedi Cultural Center - Saturday, November 13th
Overnight at Lesedi Cultural Center - Saturday, November 13th
Madikwe Game Reserve - Sunday, November 14, 2021
Airport Johannesburg (Morning Drive then Leave Early)

Check Final Schedule with Kevin and Tricia - Lesedi may not fit the schedule.

The current updated Delta schedule from Johannesburg is an evening flight but we will need a Covid test to re-enter the USA and it takes six hours to come back. It is suggested to leave Monday Nov. 22 landing in Atlanta Tuesday morning.

Leave Johannesburg Sunday, November 21 or Monday Nov. 22
Arriving in the USA the following day.