One of Africa’s smallest countries, landlocked Swaziland more than makes up for its size with its preservation of the unique Swazi culture and beautiful nature reserves on which one can see lions, cheetahs, hippos and many endangered birds. Group tours to South Africa can be accompanied with a run out trip to Swaziland to see the ancient practices of Southern Africa.

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 groups such as the Yale Concert Band, Pacific Boychoir, Morgan State University Choir, and Children’s Chorus of Washington.  Classical Movements frequently arranges concert tours around the world for Southern Africa groups such as Drakensberg Boys’ Choir, Voices of Namibia, UCCSA Broadhurst-Botswana and Wits Choir (University of Witwatersrand).

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 participate.

🇸🇿 Sights & Sounds 🇸🇿

  • Lobamba
  • Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
  • King Sobhuza II Memorial Park
  • Mbabane
  • Indingilizi Gallery
  • Mantenga Cultural Village
  • Hlane Royal National Park
  • Ancient rock art in the Komati Valley

Testimonials

Press

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

Singing is an integral part of our psyche and it’s not uncommon to find small choirs scattered throughout communities. This phenomenon is one which prompted Neeta Helms, President of Classical Movements, to arrange a choral festival to celebrate that talent. One of the aims of the festival is to see choirs performing out of their usual areas, and that goes beyond merely just hosting international groups. Even local choirs will have the opportunity to branch out into new communities. ‘I discovered that the common person on the street here is quite likely to sing,’ says Helms. ‘Like people would describe the Irish or Welsh as singing nations, it is the same here. It really impressed me.’ Helms has been doing business with South Africa since 1994. ‘The music here is very compelling. People around the world should know about it.’ She says that is one of the main aims of Ihlombe!, to raise awareness of the extent and quality of choral music in the country.

-Cape Times, Terri Dunbar-Curran | Aug. 5, 2010

In keeping with one of the core beliefs of Classical Movements, and building on donations to the three benefactors of last year, some of the profits from the concerts will be shared between South African groups that work to help under-privileged communities and youth programmes. Classical Movements is also empowering local choirs by directly sharing the profits from ticket sales.

-The Star | July 30, 2010

 

Ihlombe! is a life-changing cultural, social, and educational opportunity to travel to another country.

-Washington Informer, Gale Horton Gay | April 24, 2013

The prestigious Ihlombe! South African Choral Festival…

-Washington Post, Petula Dvorak | July 25, 2013

A grand concert at Pretoria City Hall…exhilarating performances.

-Pretoria News | July, 2013

The lessons learned in South Africa will never be forgotten.

-Toronto Star | Aug. 1, 2013

Despite cultural differences, music does play a huge role in bringing people together. This was endorsed during the Ihlombe! South African Music Festival held at the University of Pretoria on Saturday.

-Pretoria Rekord, Thokozile Mnguni | July 25, 2014

Abundant enthusiasm. That is the first thing you notice about Neeta Helms, President of Classical Movements. 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

In keeping with one of the core beliefs of Classical Movements, and building on donations to the three benefactors of last year, some of the profits from the concerts will be shared between South African groups that work to help under-privileged communities and youth programmes. Classical Movements is also empowering local choirs by directly sharing the profits from ticket sales.

-Johannesburg Star | July, 2010