February 27 – March 4, 2020

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. 

Pete Wernick

Assisted by Joan Wernick

Pete Wernick is renowned worldwide for his contributions to bluegrass music: the hotpicking force in several trend-setting bands including Hot Rize and Country Cooking, respected author and teacher, and 15- year President of the International Bluegrass Music Association. Since 1980, Pete has conducted over 100 instructional camps nationwide and overseas, and is the creator of the Wernick Method for learning basic bluegrass jamming.

Beautiful Pilanesberg Game Reserve

Black Rhino Lodge, situated within Pilanesberg Game Reserve, is base camp, with 2 Safari rides daily and all meals and accommodations. Attendance limited.

Comments from recent campers:

“I have never had so much valuable information and real teaching in such a short period of time.”

“Pete Wernick is a master teacher with decades of experience in promoting and advancing bluegrass education at all levels. His methods seriously address the fact that most pickers quit while still at a beginning level due to the use of ineffective materials and methods. His approach quicky leads one to becoming an independent and successful learner. Pete’s camps could be thought of as bluegrass “boot camps” because they are skill based, experience based and intensive. The camps involve a lot of challenging and enjoyable group work.”

“I do not believe I have ever been to any type of class where the instructor made learning so easy and so much fun.”

“I have been waiting to start playing real bluegrass with people for quite a while, and now I can.”

“I truly am happy that I have been able to attend your camps and never expected to be in this position to enjoy playing so much.”

“An incredible experience… a depth of knowledge on the subject beyond just technique, including the history, etiquette, and flavor of the genre.”

“One of the best musical experiences of my life. The camp gave me knowledge, experience and laughs for a lifetime.”

“The mixed instrument, jam opportunity and performance experience were invaluable. Likewise student population was great, helpful and fun, a major part of the success.”

“A wonderful experience! The camaraderie was palpable!”

“The small jams were challenging and empowering, a big confidence boost for me.”

“The jam camp I attended was a true treasure. It changed my life for the better. I was able tonight to walk in, ‘cold turkey’, and sit in with the featured band at a Bluegrass society meeting. Before your workshop I had never even tried to play in public.”

Richard, KY


“The information that I learned will help set me on the path that I am looking for. I learned more than I have in three years at fiddle camp.”

Lynn, CO