Lazy Big Cats

Wildlife artist Julia Cassels will encourage you to observe nature with fresh eyes, and share tips and techniques to capture the shapes, colours and play of... Read more

£5375 pp sharing excl. flights
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29 Sep - 06 Oct 2022

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South Luangwa National Park
AFRICA / Zambia

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Plein air wildlife sketching in the African bush

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Julia Cassels

If you are passionate about wildlife and painting and feel like treating yourself, this is the Art Safari for you!

Wildlife artist Julia Cassels will encourage you to observe nature with fresh eyes, and share tips and techniques to capture the shapes, colours and play of light in the constantly enthralling wildlife landscapes of South Luangwa National Park.

Guided by expert safari guides, we set off on morning and afternoon game drives to sketch herds of elephants, lion, leopard, zebra and antelope, while midday is for relaxing and painting in our beautiful lodges surrounded by unspoilt wilderness.

Julia spent many years in Zambia, living and working in the bush, which she says taught her ‘not only to observe, but to capture that quick essence of line in a sketch to describe the subject: The U-shape of neck in a skittish impala; the solid boxiness of a grumpy buffalo with its head down as if its horns are too heavy to lift; and the characteristic upturned white tip of a leopard’s tail’.

We will paint from open safari vehicles, with occasional stops to settle down on camp stools in the shade for a landscape view… With one-to-one tuition time and demonstrations, Julia will share her deep love of the rhythms, shapes and the rich colours of Africa, evoking an atmosphere with colour and line.

Our sketchbooks will fill with wonderful river landscapes, floodplains dotted with herds of graceful impala and puku, drying lagoons crowded with hippos, crocodiles lazing on sandbanks, giraffe and buffalo in the dappled woodlands, and overhead the crimson flashes of carmine bee-eaters skilfully catching their food on the wing.  This is also prime season for the lions, leopards and hyenas who can feast by picking off the weaker animals.

Our stylish accommodation is with Robin Pope Safaris, in two of their intimate bush camps with fabulous guiding, attentive service and some delicious food!

For the most part we will explore the park by vehicle, but we will also have the opportunity do to a walking safari – an opportunity not to be missed in the park where they were pioneered!

As with all our trips to South Luangwa, anyone who has come to look at the view rather than sketch will be royally rewarded by what they see.


Days 1-4Nkwali Camp, SLNP
Days 5-8Tena Tena Camp, SLNP
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From £5375 per person sharing excluding flights.

Single room supplement from £540

Please note:

We anticipate an increase in park fees which go towards the upkeep of National Parks in 2022.  Any increases will be added to the tour cost accordingly.


The joining point for this tour is Mfuwe Airport, Zambia.

Group flights are with Emirates from London-Heathrow to Lusaka via Dubai.  Flights are also available with South African Airlines, British Airways, and Ethiopian Airlines.

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


All accommodation, all meals, most drinks, safari guide and art safari tutor, all game activities as indicated, park entrance fees, all transfers from your lodge to Mfuwe airport return.


Airfares from your home country and internal flights, visa, departure taxes, art materials, premium brand drinks, and personal expenses.


Visit the mighty Victoria Falls, or relax at one of Lake Malawi’s lovely beach side retreats – ask us for details.

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