|Art Safari’s creative adventures in Africa to Namibia
A dazzle of zebras
With Mary-Anne Bartlett
An exhilarating new game-rich painting holiday to explore the expansive deserts and great rivers of northern Namibia, Angola, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
Etosha Saltpans to the Chobe River, Botswana
22 February – 5 March 2017
Optional tour extension: Chobe Riverfront and at Victoria Falls
5 – 9 March 2017
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 stay longer in Chobe and then continue on to Victoria Falls to relax and continue painting (optional 5 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. We stay in sumptuous and dreamy lodges with wildlife closeby at all times.
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. Etosha National Park is phenomenal at any time of year. Sometimes dusty white elephant loom up to a waterhole while you’re sketching gentle impala, or a rhino wanders to the waterhole while you’re having your dessert (the waiters, being used to this, calmly hold our meals for us while the wildlife action plays out in the floodlights).
Leaving the white sands and enduring horizons, we reach the Caprivi and Kavango regions and have our first watery sundowners drifting on the Kavango River. We begin the second half of the tour, a striking contrast and a wetter environment. The amzing prettiness of wetlands with impala, red lechwe and other antelope is so striking. We are treated to great contrasts, beautiful light and the shapes of
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’.
Full of the wonders of Namibia, we cross into Chobe National Park, Botswana where some members of the group depart from Kasane International Airport. For those that stay on, there’s river adventures and inky skies.
Why not stay longer? You may like to extend your tour to explore more of the famous Chobe Riverfront and to experience the awe of the Victoria Falls…
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 savanna on the northern banks.
The Victoria Falls, Mosi Oa Tunya, is an idyllic place to complete this wonderful journey. We stay in the grandeur of the Victoria Falls Hotel, within walking distance of the Smoke that Thunders. Walking down to the falls in the morning we have time to paint the spray and the cataracts, the bush buck that live in the rain forest there and to wonder at the volume of water and the majesty of the surroundings. Our two evenings here are simply delicious with the great ingredients of friendship, chatter, cocktails, laughter and fine dining.
Tour cost per person sharing: from £3295
Chobe River & Victoria Falls extension per person sharing: from £1154
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.
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 though our sister company Close Encounters Travel.
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