Paint in the most beautiful areas of the world. 

Combining travel, art, adventure and huge amounts of inspiration and fun, 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. 

We have more than 11 years experience in leading art tours to adventure destinations and we’ve organised more than 100 tours worldwide.  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.  In 2014 we are pleased to be offering new itineraries in Japan and Bhutan.

Join Art Safari for colour, shape and action in the top wildlife, wilderness and city destinations. 

Your travel sketchbooks will become visual diaries, full of the wonders of the world.  Art Safari is for all those inspired to paint by travel and wildlife.  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.  Our tutors include Mary-Anne Bartlett, James Willis, John Threlfall, and Karen Pearson.

Take in detail, observe, learn and collect memories in sketches and paintings. 

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 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. 

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. 

“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 Tours 2014 - please contact us for further details

Norway             Northern Lights    11th - 16th January 2014

Namibia            Rainbows in the Dunes   13th – 27th February 2014

Bhutan             Tigers, mountains & monasteries    8th – 25th March 2014

Swaziland         Kingdom of the Rhino    21st April – 1st May 2014

Botswana         Art under canvas    13th - 25th June 2014

Kenya               First mix flamingo pink   20th- 31st August 2014

Italy                   Venice Regatta     3rd – 9th September 2014

Malawi              Rivers Lakes and Mountains   9th – 22nd September 2014             

Spain                Eagles over olive groves    16th  - 22nd September 2014 

Zambia             Large Grey and unmistakable      29th September – 10th October 2014

Zambia             Photography Safari     11h - 18th October 2014

Zambia             Large Grey and unmistakable II     12th  – 19th October 2014

Morocco           Colours of the Bazaar    7th -14th November 2014

Japan               Floating landscapes   10th- 22nd November 2014

Antarctic          Life on the ice (South)       January 2015 tbc


Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Jan
Norway  Namibia Bhutan  Swaziland UK Art Days  Kenya    Malawi


Zambia        Morocco  Antarctica tbc
Adventure Travel Show, London Destinations Travel Show, London   Botswana Art in Action Zambia Japan    
Art Safari Reunion lunch     Indaba, South Africa  Patchings Arts Festival        
We are pleased to be working with Sir John Soane’s Museum and James Willis.  Book now for Soane in Sicily 2015.

Please ring 01394 382235 for your booking form.

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