A Dazzle of Zebra

Join us on a journey to explore Africa and see the best of its wildlife in wonderful, dramatic landscapes.  We travel up from Namibia’s capital city... Read more

From £6065 per person sharing
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Date
19 Feb - 05 Mar 2022


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Location(s)
Etosha, Central Highlands, Caprivi Strip
AFRICA / Namibia


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Tour content
Sketch wonderful African wildlife and landscapes


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Tutor(s)
Mary-Anne Bartlett

Fill your sketchbook pages with exceptional African wildlife and contrasting landscapes from salt pans to lush savanna...

Join us on a journey to explore Africa and see the best of its wildlife in wonderful, dramatic landscapes.  We travel up from Namibia’s capital city of Windhoek, through the silvery-white salt pans of Etosha to the parks of Mahangu, BwaBwata and Mudumu in the lush, tropical Caprivi Strip.

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!

From Windhoek we travel north to the Central Highlands and a lodge which is run by and supports Namibia’s Cheetah Conservation Fund.  We will spend a few days on this lovely CCF reserve which has uninterrupted views of the Waterberg Plateau learning about these beautiful animals and sketching them at close quarters!  The birdlife on the reserve is also excellent and at night we may be able to spot brown hyena and aardwolf.

We then head to the eastern side of the immense Etosha National Park where we will sketch the shimmering salt pans under huge African skies.  At the waterholes, and from our air-conditioned vehicles, we can watch and paint a rich variety of wildlife coming and going.  This is what makes this park so unique – the ability to wait and watch as the animals come to us – 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 shrikes.

From Etosha we head further north into the Caprivi Strip, a narrow ribbon of land sandwiched between Angola and Botswana, and criss-crossed by mighty rivers.  This area of Namibia is only just being discovered by travellers and it feels truly wild and unspoilt.  Imagine yourself drawing on a river cruise, drifting on the Okavango River, surrounded by riverine forest, and watching brightly-coloured kingfishers, herons, darters, pygmy geese and African fish eagles.  Here, water loving hippo and buffalo, as well as rarer antelope species like sable, tsessebe, red lechwe and sitatunga will also make their way into your sketchbook pages…

We will fly from Katima Mulilo back to Windhoek where our artistic journey concludes.

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 over 1,500 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 3 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.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrive Windhoek, stay Galton House
Days 2 & 3Central Highlands - Cheetah View Lodge
Days 4, 5 & 6Eastern Etosha National Park, Mushara Bush Camp
Days 7 & 8Kavango region, Hakusembe Lodge
Days 9 & 10Mahango Game Reserve, Divava Okavango Lodge
Days 11, 12 & 13Bwabwata National Park, Nambwa Tented Lodge
Day 14Fly Katima Mulilo to Windhoek, stay Elegant Guesthouse
Day 15Departure from Windhoek Airport
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GUIDE PRICE:

From £6065 per person sharing

Single room supplement: £520

FLIGHTS:

The joining point for this tour is Windhoek Airport, Namibia.

We are happy to arrange your flights for you but offer you the option of sourcing them yourself.

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 road transfers in a luxury air-conditioned safari vehicle, scheduled internal flight.

OUR PRICES EXCLUDE:

Airfares from your home country, visa fees, Covid-19 related tests or services, lunch and dinners in Windhoek, drinks, optional activities, art materials, and personal expenses.

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

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