Art Safari’s creative adventures in Africa to Namibia

Rainbows in the Dunes  

07 to 23 February 2019

 

With Mary-Anne Bartlett

Join us on a good old-fashioned safari on Rainbows in the Dunes from 7-23 February 2019, an artists’ journey with Mary-Anne Bartlett to explore Namibia and see the best of its wildlife in striking landscapes, unlike any other in Africa. 

Under huge African skies we will sketch the silvery saltpans of Etosha, home to giraffe, zebra, rhino, lions, cheetah, and numerous graceful antelope. Birdlife too is superb and it’s hard not to be impressed by the sheer variety and colour as we constantly see new species, from huge raptors to dazzling rollers and bush-shrikes. 

Our safari takes us from Damaraland to Sossusvlei, through great changing deserts from low lying gravel plains, to lofty weather-worn escarpments, to vast Lawrence of Arabia-like sand dunes – each of which is liberating for the painter.

Along the way we will see some extraordinary vegetation – striking Quiver Trees and ancient Welwitschia plants, search for desert-adapted elephants, and uncover a wealth of Bushman rock art.  

We’ve chosen to travel in February as it’s a particularly beautiful time to see Namibia’s deserts and landscapes. The rains will have nurtured fresh green grass growth and wildflowers and cleared the air of dust. It’s also birthing season for many plains game so there will be plenty of cute baby animals around with their mothers. We could get the odd shower, but if we do we can expect dramatic cloud formations and spectacular sunsets to paint!

Highlights

This 16-night Art Safari combines the best of Namibia: 

  • Waterberg Plateau – drink in the endless vistas from this scenic plateau
  • Etosha National Park – discover abundant wildlife around the shimmering salt pans
  • Damaraland – sketch in one of the world’s richest galleries of rock art
  • Swakopmund – enjoy the café culture and colonial architecture of this charming coastal town
  • Sossusvlei – capture the beauty of the towering red dunes – the highest in the world

You can expect stylish and comfortable accommodation throughout, as well as expert guiding and knowledge both from our local eagle-eyed safari guide, and from Mary-Anne who is an accomplished artist and seasoned Africa hand.  

Namibia is a vast country and our trip will cover several thousand kilometres. While the distances are great, the country has some of the finest roads in Africa; and its main roads (tarmac and gravel) are well maintained. Drive times on this trip are moderate, typically between 2 and 4 hours between each destination, with the occasional 6-hour drive. On longer drives we will break up the journey with scenic sketching stops and picnic lunches.

We will be travelling in specially modified safari vehicles which have six guest seats and are equipped with air-conditioning. The roof opens for game viewing and there is plenty of legroom and packing space.

All activities done on tour are easy to moderate.

This trip combines well with our Victoria Falls Art Safari. 

Tour Costs from Windhoek to Windhoek

Per person sharing from: £5320

Single room supplement: £820

Our prices include: – All accommodation, all meals except in Windhoek, safari guide and art safari tutor, all game and activities as indicated, all park entrance fees, airport transfers, all transport from and to Windhoek.

Our prices exclude: – Airfares from your home country, departure taxes & visas if required, optional activities, art materials, drinks and personal expenses.

Enquire now on 01394 382235 or info@artsafari.co.uk