Art Safaris, Zambia and Malawi/Zambia

An art safari is a creative journey to look at animals, nature and landscapes. It's a slow-pace safari, where you will capture images on paper by direct observation and by working from life.

See the world in a different way, creatively taking in the detail and vibrant energy of Africa. You will return with many unique images which encapsulate your holiday and help store your new bush knowledge. In addition, you will see the creativity of local artists and learn about the peoples, history and culture of our host country. Be assured of good food, comfort, style, fun, adrenaline and relaxation.

Art Tuition by Mary-Anne Bartlett

Mary-Anne Bartlett is an accomplished artist, experienced in painting and drawing in Africa. She welcomes artists of all standards - and non-painting partners who just want to enjoy the peace of it all! Non-painters benefit from the attention of the safari guide for in depth animal or bird watching while others are painting.

In her art tuition on safari she has three principal aims:
1. To give you an opportunity to draw and paint in environments which enrich your appreciation of the natural world.
2. To encourage you to paint from nature and to give you the vision and artistic skills to be able to make fast impressions of moving animals.
3. To provide you with a varied programme to stimulate you, give you opportunity to discuss your work with fellow artists and to inspire you to continue painting nature in your own time.

Malawi and Zambia

This is a tour for adventurous artists who want to see a great diversity of landscape, wildlife and local living. Be ready for wonder, peacefulness and charm. Liwonde National Park, Lake Malawi and South Luangwa National Park provide an outstanding wildlife experience.

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Day 1

Arrive in Lilongwe, Malawi. On arrival at the airport you will be met and transferred to the Korean Garden Lodge. Lunch and dinner will be in local restaurants in the city.

Day 2

After breakfast we leave early for Mua (1½hrs) and have a guided tour around the fascinating cultural museum at Mua Mission and meet local woodcarvers. After a picnic lunch we set off for Liwonde National Park (2hrs). We then take a slow drive to Mvuu Camp in the centre of Liwonde National Park (1hr). This is your home for the next four nights, where you stay in en suite chalets by the river.

Days 3, 4 & 5

Liwonde National Park, situated on the picturesque Shire River, is rich in flora and fauna. We spend our days in Liwonde exploring the wonders of nature and how to express it. There are two art excursions per day with plenty of opportunity to sketch, watch and relax in glorious surroundings. Day game-drives are included as well as one boat safari on the River Shire and one game-drive into the Rhino Sanctuary.

Day 6

After leaving Mvuu, we have a 1hr game drive back through the park then towards northwards to Lake Malawi (3hrs). Here we stay for two nights in Senga Bay, staying in chalets at Stuart Grant's Cichlid breeding Centre.

Day 7

Our day is spent in villages along the shore and we take excursion to one of the nearby islands out on the lake. There will be time for swimming, snorkelling and relaxation.

Day 8

After an early start, we head to Lilongwe airport to fly (30mins) to Mfuwe in Zambia's Luangwa Valley. We will be able to spend the afternoon at our lodge in the Valley and may be able to go on a game drive that same day. Overnight en suite permanent tented camp, where we will be based for five nights.

Days 9, 10, 11 & 12

Our days in Luangwa consist of early morning and afternoon outings into South Luangwa National Park, with long stops to sketch or paint the dramatic landscape and to capture mammal interaction. Big cats are plentiful, as are antelope, giraffe, elephant and bird-life of all kinds. Following the same pattern as in Liwonde we will have two art excursions every day in to the Park, choosing a variety of habitats.

Day 13

After breakfast we leave Luangwa and fly back to Malawi's Lilongwe airport (30mins), where we will then drive out to Dzalanyama Forest Reserve on the Mozambique border (about 2hrs). This brachystegia forest, with its hills and streams, is home to some of Malawi's rarest bird species. We stay in the homely Forest Lodge for two nights.

Day 14

A day relaxing and sketching or painting in the peaceful surrounds of the forest. Gentle walks in the forest and visits to streams and waterfalls are part of our day, and we are always welcomed at the local school.

Day 15

After breakfast we will transfer you to the airport for your return flight.


A chance to study elephants and other animals at leisure on a relaxing residential course in South Luangwa National Park.

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Day 1

Arrive in Mfuwe airport from Lusaka (or from Lilongwe). You will be met and drive to Thornicroft, just beyond the village of Mfuwe (½hr) on the Luangwa River, facing South Luangwa National Park.

After settling into your accommodation and meeting the staff, we will have a good chat over brunch about what we are going to do during our week in Luangwa. Allowing time for a siesta, and, depending on how tired everyone is after the journey, we may go for a relaxing evening drive in the park, or stay in camp to do painting and drawing exercises from the riverbank.

Dinner in camp.

Day 2

We will make an early start after a quick breakfast, taking all our materials with us, aiming to be inside the park soon after 6.30am. For the first few hours we will sketch animals from the open vehicle, so that your sketch books open with a mass of squiggles and lines which you will be able to use as source material for later compositions. Mary-Anne will help the momentum of these sketches by giving you exercises and encouragement. We will settle down on camp stools in the shade for a landscape view later in the morning before returning to camp for lunch and a well-earned rest.

As in all our trips on later days into the park, anyone who has come to look at the view rather than sketch will be royally rewarded by what they see.

In the afternoon we could return into the park or decide to work from camp developing some of the morning's work.

Dinner in camp.

Day 3

Leaving even earlier than the day before we will travel a little further into the park for our morning of animal sketching and, after mid-morning tea, landscape painting in the shade, following the same pattern as the previous day. Days with these wild animals are governed by what is happening in their lives and by what our guide leads us to. We will hope to gather images of as many animals as we can, including lion, leopard, giraffe, hippo, crocodile, zebra and all the other antelopes, but also some of the birds of the bush.

Return for lunch and siesta. In the afternoon we will look at our work and think about textile designs for tomorrow's workshop. Using our own images we will make textile designs suitable for the item you choose - napkins, table cloth, apron, pillow etc. Design work is very useful when thinking about paintings; part of good composition is about design and pattern, so this exercise should be useful to everyone.

Dinner in camp.

Day 4

Unless we are tempted to go for an early morning game drive, I suggest we spend the morning painting in camp, to develop our landscape paintings and put any last touches to our textile designs.

After coffee we will drive to Tribal Textiles, (20mins), where we will visit this inspiring textile works before putting on aprons and watching our own designs become reality. We will take a picnic lunch with us so that we can stay longer at Tribal Textiles if we want to.

Leaving our fabrics behind, ready to be dyed, fixed and sewn, we return to camp and have free time for rest of the day, with an optional night drive in the evening before a late dinner.

Day 5

This is a good day for going out into the park all day long, taking a picnic lunch with us as well as mattresses so that we can have a rest during the heat of the day. Going out all day means that we have the time to go further and, potentially, see more and spend longer on one painting. We would drive out for the early part of the day before slowing down our pace for animal sketches and landscapes.

We would return late afternoon back to camp, doubtless very ready for showers, drinks and dinner.

Day 6

In the morning we will go out to a nearby village, to learn about local culture and customs as we sketch and paint, with the specific aim of collecting images for a composition later in the day. Many people in the Luangwa Valley continue to live a subsistence life, making their own mud and thatch huts and living from the crops they grow on their fields. The enormous growth of the village of Mfuwe (mainly through tourism) has meant that people also have access to 21st century goods. We will see a modern Africa, with all the juxtapositions of culture and style.

Return to camp for lunch and rest time. We will work from the colourful people, huts, chickens and goats of our village sketches in the afternoon.

Dinner in camp.

Day 7

Starting super early again, we will return to the park in the early light to sketch and wonder at these incredible animals. We will find another beautiful landscape spot after our mid-morning tea and stay there until leaving for lunch and a rest back at camp.

We will spend the afternoon looking at some of the work we have created over the past few days. This is a time to reflect and to plan, as no doubt many of you will want to continue working on your sketches, drawings and paintings when you return home. Our textiles will be delivered today, so we will be able to admire those too!

Dinner in camp.

Day 8

Depending on the time of your onward flight, we may have time for a last early drive in the park, leaving the packing until mid-morning if you are flying out in the afternoon.

Pack and depart for Mfuwe Airport.

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