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A unique concept in adventure travel, you can combine travel, art, adventure and huge amounts of inspiration and fun with Art Safari.  Art Safari leads plein air painting holidays to destinations worldwide.  We have set departures that you can join us to paint and sketch in Africa, Asia, Europe as well as Antarctica and the Arctic. 

With more than 12 years experience in leading art tours to adventure destinations, we’ve organised more than 100 tours worldwide for artists of all standards.  Each year we offer new painting tours for you to choose from, often including our favourite places in India, Cambodia, Madagascar, Namibia, Swaziland, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Morocco, Turkey and Italy.  New in 2014 were Spain, Japan and Bhutan, with new itineraries in Galapagos, Sicily, Scotland and Jersey in 2015.

Join Art Safari in unique wildlife, wilderness or city painting holidays

Art Safari is for all those inspired to paint by travel.  Your travel sketchbooks become visual diaries, full of the wonders of the world. 

Our tutors Mary-Anne Bartlett, James Willis, John Threlfall, Jackie Garner, Julia Cassels and Karen Pearson will help you take in detail, observe, learn and collect memories in your sketches and paintings.  Whether you are a beginner or you are already an experienced artist, Art Safari’s professional team of tutors and guides will encourage you to sit, look, sketch, observe, soak up the atmosphere and produce many sketches and paintings of your new environment. 

Art Safari’s holidays are for creative explorers: artists, writers, photographers and non-painters.  Whether travelling on your own or not, you are welcomed into a like-minded group.  Be assured of inspiration, good food, comfort and style.  Photographers and non-painting partners will experience new ways of seeing as well as enjoying all the benefits of relaxed wildlife viewing and personal safari guiding – brilliant for photography, bird watching and learning more about nature.

Art on the Quay

The Art Safari hFerry Quayeadquarters is The Harbourmaster’s Office on Ferry Quay in Woodbridge, Suffolk, where we have a light airy studio space for art classes, workshops in a variety of different mediums and exhibitions.Our calendar of Art on the Quay events is constantly evolving with guest tutors , artists in residence and guest lecturers.Call us for more information on 01394 382235


Art Safari Tours - 2015 booking now

Norway  Northern Lights 12 – 17 January 2015 MAB
Namibia Flowers in canyons & dunes 17 Feb – 1 March 2015 MAB
Zambia  Lazy big cats 28 April – 5 May 2015 JC
Bhutan Himalayan Palaces and Monasteries  10 – 23  April 2015 MAB
Galapagos Darwin’s Islands 6 – 20 May 2015 MAB
Greece             Azure Skies 5 – 11 May 2015 KP
Scotland Islay – Queen of the Hebrides 31 May – 6 June 2015 JT
Jersey              A zoo in my sketchbook 1 – 7 July 2015 MAB
Malawi               Rivers, lakes & mountains                       4 – 16 Sept 2015  MAB
Zambia              Large Grey and unmistakable 18  – 29 Sept 2015        MAB
Sicily    Sicilian Grand Tour (East) 11 – 18 October 2015            JW
Morocco Colours of the Bazaar 6 – 13 Nov 2015 KP


We are proud to have as our Art Safari Tutors:    Mary-Anne Bartlett (MAB)  Karen Pearson (KP)  James Willis (JW)  John Threlfall (JT)  Jackie Garner (JG) Julia Cassells (JC) Michelle Lutener (ML)  Please ring 01394 382235 or email for your booking form.


“I set up Art Safari so that artists could paint together in wonderful places, with experts leading groups and giving heaps of enthusiasm and knowledge.  We’d be delighted if you’d join us on one of our expeditions.  We look forward to hearing from you.”  Mary-Anne Bartlett, Art Safari founder

Meet our team and read about our Art Tuition

  Art Safari is ATOL registered No.9916 for your financial protection    

Start dreaming now!

Tell us when you can travel, where you would like to go most, what you want to see and who might enjoy it with you.  We’re planning new destinations all the time, so feel free to ask about what’s coming up – or even to suggest new routes!   Then email  or ring us on +44 1394 382235 to tell us!  We’ll reserve your place and we’ll help to book your flights.

Art Safari also operates a separate tour company Close Encounters Africa for private tailor-made holidays:  our team of specialists will introduce you to experts in nature worldwide as well as organise dreamy tours, honeymoons and specialist travel.


Many of the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information, or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: