A Swingin' Safari

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"A Swingin' Safari"
Album cover of Bert Kaempfert's A Swingin' Safari
Single by Bert Kaempfert
from the album A Swingin' Safari
B-side"Black Beauty"
Released1962 (1962)
LabelPolydor, Decca
Songwriter(s)Bert Kaempfert
Bert Kaempfert singles chronology
"Wonderland by Night"
"A Swingin' Safari"
"Afrikaan Beat"

"A Swingin' Safari" is an instrumental composed by Bert Kaempfert (using his alias, Bernd Bertie) in 1962. It was recorded by Kaempfert on Polydor Records and released in the United States on Decca Records, but failed to chart. That same year, Billy Vaughn recorded it, and his cover reached number 13 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number five on the Easy Listening chart that summer. On Cash Box, the song peaked at number 11.[1]

The song features a distinctive main theme played on the tin whistle and a trumpet solo by Manfred "Fred" Moch.

The song was the title track of an LP consisting of orchestrations of the South African kwela style of penny-whistle music popular in the 1950s.[citation needed]

Use in media[edit]

Kaempfert's original version served as the original theme music to the television game show The Match Game, from 1962 to 1967. It is also featured as the main theme in the Swedish game show called Vi i femman, where two teams of fifth-graders compete against each other. In 1971, the song was used as the theme music to the Blue Peter Royal Safari.

In 2017, the song was used extensively by the European furniture retailer DFS, in both TV and radio advertising campaigns. In 2018, it lent its title to the Australian comedy film Swinging Safari, set in the 1970s. The track featured in the soundtrack, and the album cover was seen on screen when a character showed off his collection of popular LPs.


  1. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 Singles, September 15, 1962". Archived from the original on December 5, 2018. Retrieved December 5, 2018.

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