Drawing the Elephant’s Child

This 10-night Art Safari starts in the wild north of Kruger National Park in the private Makuleke Concession, before following the path of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘great... Read more

£3445 pp sharing excl. flights
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15 Feb - 25 Feb 2020

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Kruger National Park, Northern Tuli Reserve
South Africa / Botswana

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Big game, big rivers and baobabs

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Mary-Anne Bartlett

A lovely winter getaway safari to some of Southern Africa's more remote locations and best kept secrets…

This 10-night Art Safari starts in the wild north of Kruger National Park in the private Makuleke Concession, before following the path of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘great grey-green, greasy Limpopo’ inland to the Land of Giants in Botswana’s Northern Tuli Reserve.

We explore superb scenery; colossal baobabs and big skies, rocky outcrops, dramatic gorges, lush riverine forest, palm-fringed pans, and endless savanna plains.

The pages of our sketchbooks will be saturated with images of lime-green fever tree forests, quietly flowing rivers with lazy hippos, elephants and elephant shrews, richly marked nyala antelope, and with luck cheetah and lion!

The variation of landscape and habitat supports a myriad of birds; spot the ‘big six’ – Kori bustard, Pels fishing-owl, Saddle-billed stork, Martial eagle, Ground hornbills, and Lappetfaced vulture as well as a countless smaller, dazzling species – shrikes, rollers, kingfishers and bee-eaters.

The reserves we visit are also breeding areas for endangered species, such as eland, African wild dog, cheetah and black rhino.

We will stay in just two camps to minimise internal travel and spend as much time as we can painting.

Our lodges offer spectacular views and good old-fashioned African hospitality and comfort. In Kruger National Park our base will be Pafuri Camp in luxury safari tents each with a private verandah overlooking the Luvuvhu River.  In Botswana we stay at Tuli Safari Lodge – a gorgeous little retreat in a ruggedly beautiful wilderness.

For the most part we will explore the wildlife areas by vehicle, but we will also have the opportunity do to walking safaris.  In addition, at Tuli Safari Lodge there are several hides where we can sit and quietly observe and paint animals as they come to us.

We will be travelling towards the end of the summer rains, when temperatures are comfortably warm and there is the possibility of the odd thunderstorm.  It’s a particularly lovely time of year for landscapes as the seasonal rains transform the normally dry and dusty bush into a floral wonderland!


Day 1Arrive Johannesburg Airport - South Africa; fly to Polokwane Airport, road transfer to camp
Days 1-5Pafuri Tented Camp, Kruger National Park
Day 6Road transfer from Pafuri to Tuli Reserve, Bostwana
Days 6-10Tuli Safari Lodge, Botswana
Day 11Transfer to Polokwane Airport, fly to Johannesburg for connecting flights home
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From £3445 per person sharing excluding flights.

Single room supplement £1094


The joining point for this tour is Johannesburg Airport.

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


All accommodation, all meals, park and conservation fees, safari guide and art safari tutor, all game activities as indicated, internal flights from Johannesburg to Polokwane and road transfers from/to Polokwane.


Airfares from your home country, visa fees, art materials, drinks and personal expenses.

Enquire now on 01394 382235 or [email protected]