Art Safari creative adventures in Africa to Zambia & Malawi

 Big game in large open spaces


14 nights in South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, Lake Malawi & Liwonde National Park in Malawi 

With Mary-Anne Bartlett

06 – 20 September 2018 

A stunning two country safari led by Art Safari’s Mary-Anne Bartlett.  You will see a great diversity of landscape, wildlife and local living as we visit two of Africa’s most beautiful national parks. 

Be ready for wonder, peacefulness and charm. Liwonde National Park, Lake Malawi and South Luangwa National Park provide a thoroughly outstanding wildlife experience.

It’s the end of the dry season (winter), so early September is still cool, (not too hot!) and it’s ideal painting weather. South Luangwa National Park is often quoted as one of the very best wildlife destinations in the world, not just Africa. The great Luangwa River meanders slowly to create great sand bars laced with crocodiles, pools filled with hippo, oxbow lakes full of storks and elephants, and dry lagoons for herds of zebra, impala, puku – always watching out predators… In particular, South Luangwa is a first-class park for leopard and because it is one of Africa’s few national parks to allow spotlit night drives, when leopards are most active, the chances of spotting one of these stunning cats are very good!


Lake Malawi, brilliantly dubbed the ‘Lake of Stars’ by Dr David Livingstone when he first saw it with Mary-Anne’s 3x great grandfather in the 1860s, is an inland sea, with fresh water to dive into, snorkel or kayak on. Golden beaches, idyllic rocky islands and secluded coves offer a lovely contrast in scenery and a relaxing few days before our next safari…



Liwonde National Park in Malawi is a little gem. The scenery along the wide, slow flowing Shire River  is lush and almost tropical. The river banks are lined with emerald reed beds, yellow fever trees and towering borassus palm trees, and in the dry season the water is a magnet for elephant and antelope who visit it for a daily drink. A boat safari here is a truly wonderful game viewing experience and a must for birders. There are many special bird species to be found In Liwonde including Bohm’s Bee-eater, the Palmnut Vulture, Pel’s Fishing Owl and White-backed Night Heron. The interior of the park is much drier and dominated by mopane forest where it’s possible to spot rarer species such as the magnificent sable antelope. Liwonde is not known for its predator population, however recent conservation efforts have seen spotted hyena and cheetah re-introduced to the park. We find that the spectacular setting, combined with the friendliness of your Malawian hosts and the comfort of your accommodation makes this a hard place to leave. 

The tour ends in Malawi’s capital city of Lilongwe with a chance to unwind in comfortable surroundings and a whole day to continue working on your sketches. 

We explore, paint and enjoy the wonderful settings. Be prepared for huge concentrations of elephant and buffalo in Zambia, as well as regular sightings of lion, leopard, giraffe, zebra and a multitude of other species. 

Activities include day and night game drives, visits to villages and local projects including paper-making and textiles and lots of fun and freedom.

There’s a chance to visit one of Art Safari’s projects – set up with one of our guides Danger Chipino – the Mtendere Orphan Feeding Centre in Ulongwe, near to Liwonde National Park.

  • 1 night in Lilongwe, the garden capital city of Malawi 
  • 4 nights in South Luangwa National Park, staying on the edge of the Luangwa River
  • 1 night in a pretty and eclectic urban retreat in Lilongwe
  • 3 nights at Lake Malawi, staying on the Lake shore
  • 3 nights in Liwonde National Park, staying in the centre of the park
  • 2 nights at a quiet country lodge set in its own forest reserve on the outskirts of Lilongwe

Joining point: Lilongwe International Airport

Departure point: Lilongwe International Airport

Tour cost: from £4125 per person sharing

Single supplement if required £600

Our prices include: – All accommodation, all meals (except 2 lunches and 2 dinners in Lilongwe), safari guide and art safari tutor, all game activities as indicated, all park entrance fees in Malawi, and all ground transport from Lilongwe Airport.

Our prices exclude: – International flights, visas fees, Zambia Park Entrance Fees, drinks, optional activities, art materials and personal expenses.

We are happy to arrange your flights for you but offer you the option of sourcing them yourself.  We can also offer advice on your personal travel insurance.

Further information about what art materials and clothing to take with you, medical and insurance requirements etc will be given to you later.   

Please feel free to discuss your own private safari, with dates to suit you and with an itinerary to suit you.

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