Painting holidays - in Covid-19

Virtual painting holidays and courses – coming soon!!!

We have made some changes to the way we work as we adapt to the new normal.  Ask your Corona questions here.

Art Safari runs exciting painting holidays and art courses for artists. Travel worldwide on life-changing experiences into nature, architecture and landscape, led by inspiring artist tutors.

Holidays & Workshops

It's a beautiful world

Join Art Safari painting holidays and workshops to learn, paint and sketch – and to tumble further into your own artistic journey.  Whether you join us virtually or for real, we’ll introduce you to wildlife, landscape, architecture, people and culture.  We will show you new places, new wonders, and new ways of seeing.

Are you inspired to paint?  Make art?  Take an adventure?  Reconnect with nature and with yourself?  Pick up your paints and brushes and join a creative journey!!

Our tutors and guides are waiting to welcome you.  You will have time to make travel sketchbooks and visual diaries, full of the wonders of the world.

Art Safari’s team is here to look after your travel needs and take the stress out of making travel arrangements – even during times of Covid-19.  Art Safari is a registered tour operator offering plein air painting holidays to destinations worldwide, ATOL 9916, (offering financial protection for your tour, including rescheduled tours).

This is adventure travel – whether real or virtual! – you will combine travel, art, adventure and huge amounts of inspiration and fun on a wide choice of Art Safari painting holidays.

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Art Safari In Africa

Travel Artist and Art Safari director Mary-Anne Bartlett reflects on leading Art Safari tours in Africa – where Art Safari started.

Features exclusive wildlife footage shot during Art Safari tours with original drawings and paintings by the artist.

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"Each of my three Art Safari trips have been absolutely wonderful! I love learning about the different cultures, seeing and sketching/ painting new subjects, and sharing the experience with other artists. I feel welcomed and ‘taken care of’ while having fun!"
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Non-Painters Welcome

We are always happy to welcome non-painting friends or partners!  There are plenty of activities for non-painters to choose from while the group is painting.  Many of our trips work well for those with an interest in nature as non-painters benefit from the attention of the safari guide for in depth animal or bird watching while the group is sketching…


Start dreaming now...

Read through all the Art Holidays and UK Workshops and imagine yourself being there.

Which one has caught your eye?  We can reserve your place and we’ll help to book your flights.  Tell us about yourself, 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 use the form below to ask about what’s coming up!  Alternatively you can call us on +44 (0)1394 382235 to tell us!

Alongside Art Safari we also operate a separate tour company called Close Encounters Travel 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.

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Art Safari is growing

Thank you to New Anglia Growth Hub and the European Regional Development Fund!

Art Safari is growing fast – every year we meet new people and organise tours and workshops in new places. We now have a shiny new system and website thanks to the Small Grants Scheme to internationalize our website, make our lives easier and make the information we send out to you smarter!


Tourism supports local economies.  We know that art and travel can make a big difference to communities and to conservation.


Lilongwe Wildlife Trust

We encourage you to offset your carbon footprint when you travel.

Root to Fruit

Forests without Frontiers


‘Good to Go’

Art Safari Ltd is approved by the industry standard ‘Good to Go’ scheme. This means that Art Safari has followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, we have Risk Assessments in place and a process to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.  If you would like to see this detailed information, please email us.