Art Safari, Malawi 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After breakfast we will transfer you to the airport for your return flight.
This is a slow pace safari with minimal travelling, at a stunning time of year, cool by night and sunny altitudes by day and with views to die for. We stay in simple as well as 'honeymoon' destinations with all the romance, delicious food and sophistication of the African bush.
Arrive in Lilongwe, Malawi. On arrival at the airport you will be met by Mary-Anne and by your safari guide. We will then drive to Lilongwe and to the Korea Garden Lodge where we spend the afternoon and night. Our evening meal is at a nearby restaurant.
Early morning we set off for Liwonde National Park (4hrs), arriving for lunch inside the park at Chinguni. If possible we will stop en route at the paper-making project at Balaka (where there’s excellent Italian coffee). After lunch we take a slow drive to Mvuu Camp in the centre of Liwonde National Park (1hr). This is our home for the next five nights, where we stay in en suite chalets by the river.
Days 3, 4 & 5
We spend our days in Liwonde exploring the wonders of nature and how to express it on paper. 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.
After leaving Mvuu, we have a 1hr game drive back through the park then continue southwards past Zomba to Mulanje (2-3hrs). After lunch we will sketch and plan tomorrow’s painting. We stay for two nights at Lujeri guest house in the tea-covered foot hills under the great mass of Mount Mulanje.
Painting on the tea estates, finding views of streams and mountains, sketches of the colourful tea pickers and tea buildings. Optional visit to the tea factory.
Setting off early from the tea estates we make our way to Blantyre (1½hrs) to visit Mandala, the oldest colonial building in the country and home to Malawi's art gallery La Caverna and the Society of Malawi Library. After our visit here we will continue on to Zomba (1hr) and wind our way up the mountain to Zomba Forest Lodge, a quiet and homely forest house perched on the side of the mountain, our home for three nights.
Days 9 & 10
Painting from Zomba, with the choice of further exploring the mountain in the afternoons or driving to Lake Chilwa.
Leaving Zomba we drive northwards past Liwonde to Mua which is at the base of the Dedza escarpment (3hrs). We are staying at Mua Mission and will have plenty of time to take in this inspiring environment after our guided tour of the cultural museum.
After breakfast and the mission's Easter service (optional) we drive to Lake Malawi (1½ hrs). On arrival at Monkey Bay we take the dirt road on to Chembe village and meet the staff at Kayak Africa. Here we choose whether to kayak across to the island or go by boat with our luggage. We stay in luxury Robinson Crusoe style for three nights on one or both islands.
Days 13 & 14
Our lazy days on the Lake are spent painting the shoreline overlooking the huge expanse of azure water and walking to the top of the island to paint the extraordinary trees there. There is also ample time to swim, snorkel, potter around in boats and relax in this ideal setting.
We will leave the island very early in order to reach the airport in good time for your return flight (3½hrs).
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