Much like its neighbor Namibia, Botswana boasts spectacular desert and delta views and safari experiences. The country’s growing classical music industry has received a boost since the 2014 opening of its first opera house in Gaborone, but numerous homegrown choirs have been performing for years in Botswana’s major cities and towns. Pair Botswana with a tour to South Africa and Namibia to experience Southern Africa’s unbeatable safaris, colorful landscapes and vivacious musicians.

Classical Movements has been planning tours to Southern Africa since 1994. With a South African and many musicians on staff, the company has arranged numerous customized tours and collaborations for over 50 groups to Southern Africa such as the Yale Concert Band, University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club, Pacific Boychoir, Morgan State University Choir, Children’s Chorus of Washington and Trinidad’s Bishop Anstey Choir.

The company has presented the choir of UCCSA Broadhurst-Botswana at its annual Serenade! choral festival in Washington D.C.

Classical Movements also owns and produces the Ihlombe! South African choral festival. Since its inception, the festival has presented 125 choirs from various African countries, the United States, Canada, and even Trinidad & Tobago.

Sights & Sounds

  • Gaborone
  • No. 1 Ladies Opera House
  • Botswana Company Orchestra
  • Numerous church & school choirs
  • Maun
  • Okavango Delta
  • Kalahari Desert
  • Elephant herds in Chobe National Park


“Thank you for inviting us to participate in this wonderful IHLOMBE festival.  Musically, we, the Morgan State University Choir had an opportunity to hear some very fine choirs from South Africa and the United States. Culturally, we visited places that will change our lives forever…I personally know how much time and effort went into every detail of this trip.  You have given the students of these choir memories that will last a lifetime.”

-Morgan State University Choir

“Classical Movements proved to be the best decision we made for our trip to South Africa.  Their staff was efficient, friendly and dependable. Our guide – incredible!  This company provided a broad diversity of musical engagements that provided fine audiences, high-profile collaborations and attractive venues.  With 25 years of touring, I have never experienced such a supportive and dependable company.”

-Florida’s Singing Sons Boychoir


“Citing success in its South Africa programs, Blue Heart Tours has expanded into Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia with itineraries. According to the tour operator, South Africa is favorable for tourism because it is one of the most diverse and beautiful areas in the world and has tremendous potential for tourism in that it can offer safaris, a varied countryside, and the lure of big, cosmopolitan cities.”

-Jax Fax Travel Magazine | Feb, 1995

“Ihlombe! showcases not only local talent but unique circumstances too, such as the All Saints Blind Choir from Ga-Rankuwa. They have also partnered with accomplished names in choral music, like George Kamxadana. Then there is the issue of the premiere taking place in Soweto. The township affords the Canadian and American choirs a chance to witness a part of our country that they would otherwise not have seen.”

-The Citizen, Sibusiso Mkwanazi | July, 2010