|Art Safari’s creative adventures in Africa to Namibia
A dazzle of zebras
Etosha Saltpans to the Chobe River, Botswana
22 February – 5 March 2016
Plus two night extension to Victoria Falls
5 – 7 March 2016
Co-tutored by Mary-Anne Bartlett & Karen Pearson
An exhilarating new game-rich painting holiday to explore the expansive deserts and great rivers of northern Namibia and Botswana.
We journey up from Windhoek, through Etosha to Mahango, Bwabwata, Mudumu in the Caprivi Strip and Chobe National Park with our sketchbook pages filling with pages of African wildlife and landscapes. You may choose to continue on to Victoria Falls to realx and continue painting (optional 2 day tour extension).
It is the changing habitats and the wildlife that make this Art Safari so interesting.
Over the years that we have been running safaris in Namibia we have seen game populations move and grow in some of the more unknown areas. We would like to take you there.
Often our Camps overlook waterholes, wonderful cool places to observe, sketch and paint wildlife coming and going (and hard to leave!). At night, we quietly sit beneath a sky ablaze with southern stars and watch the drama of the night unfold.
The first painting days open with the dry expanses of the salt pans and the scrub-covered savannah and grasslands of Etosha and Ongava. These areas support a rich variety of plains game and predators including giraffe, lion, cheetah, rhino and many antelope species.
Leaving the white sands, we reach the Caprivi and Kavango regions and have our first watery sundowners drifting on the Okavango River, and begin the second half of the tour, a striking contrast and a wetter environment.
In Mahango Game Reserve our sketches will be full of riverine forests, magnificent baobabs, brightly
coloured kingfishers, herons, cormorants, African skimmers, wattled cranes, pygmy geese and African fish eagles, this is one of Namibia’s most diverse and interesting conservation areas.
Across the river in Bwabwata National Park are rare species such as buffalo, sable and roan antelope, Chobe bushbuck, reedbuck, tsessebe and sitatunga. Bwabwata forms a narrow strip between Angola to the north and Botswana to the south and is named after a village in the Park and means ‘the sound of bubbling water’.
For our last days we cross into Chobe National Park, Botswana. We explore Chobe, following sandy tracks within the wooded interior, along the lush riverfront and meandering by boat around river islands. Birdlife is prolific with raptors, geese and ducks and flocks of yellow-billed and open billed storks. Game that may be seen includes hippo, crocodile, red lechwe, waterbuck, reedbuck, the rare puku antelope (this is the only place in southern Africa where puku occur), giraffe, impala, lion, buffalo. Vast numbers of elephant visit the river’s edge for their daily afternoon drink and bathe. We look for elephant swimming across the river to reach Namibian savannah on the northern banks.
With bulging sketchbooks, many paintings and full memory cards we depart from Kasane International Airport.
Why not stay longer? You may like to extend your tour with two days at Victoria Falls ‘The smoke that thunders’ – please ask us for details.
Tour cost per person sharing: from £3695
Victoria Falls extension per person sharing: from £375
Single room supplement on request
Our prices include: – All accommodation, all meals as per itinerary, safari guide and art safari tutor, all game activities as indicated, all park entrance fees, airport transfers, all transport Windhoek to Kasane or Victoria Falls airports.
Our prices exclude: – Airfares from your home country, departure taxes & visas if required, optional activities, art materials, personal expenses.
We are happy to arrange your flights for you but offer you the option of sourcing them yourself.
Further information about what art materials and clothing to take with you, medical and insurance requirements etc will be given to you later. Please also feel free to discuss your own private safari, with dates to suit you and with an itinerary to suit you.
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