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Tanzania Group Tour - Tarangire Painting Safari

Capture Northern Tanzania's Landscapes and Wildlife on Canvas

10 days

from £7,595pp
  • Capture the varied landscapes and wildlife of Tanzania on canvas
  • Be part of small group, making the most of Alasdair Hilleary's expert tuition
  • Benefit from an itinerary designed specifically with painting in mind
  • Stay at a pair of beautiful camps, both renowned for their exclusivity and flexibility

Join Alasdair Hilleary (aka “Loon”) for an exclusive painting safari, exploring Tarangire National Park. Have the time and flexibility to discover this captivating and varied landscape, with its roaming elephant herds and ancient baobabs. Also stay at the remarkable Chem Chem Lodge, with the freedom to paint their beautiful private concession.

Alasdair will lead a group to select locations, chosen for the painting opportunities they provide. Paint a full landscape or quickly sketch the animal and plant life – practice a variety of techniques. Relax and absorb the character of Tarangire and explore the stunning, palm-dotted Chem Chem landscape, taking advantage of Alasdair’s expert and encouraging tuition.


Begin at the heart of this often overlooked Tarangire national park, famous for its ancient baobabs and vast herds of elephants. Stay at the exclusive Osunyai Larmakau Tented Camp, which offers isolation and exclusivity, immersed in the park’s natural surroundings.

With use of the camp’s vehicles and walking guides, have complete flexibility to explore Tarangire at will. Take time to paint the beautiful riverine scenery, dominated by lush green marshland that contrasts wonderfully with the deep blue of the African sky.

Also sketch and paint the wildlife as it roams through the park around you. Set out on foot, stopping to capture the park in a variety of ways. Brief encounters will be best recorded with five-minute sketches, whilst longer pieces can be worked upon whilst sitting and watching nature happen around you.

Given Tarangire’s brilliant array of wildlife, there will also be some time set aside to take game drives, where the focus will simply be on spotting wildlife, rather than painting it. As well as this, there will be the opportunity to take night drives in search of elusive nocturnal species.


This beautiful expanse of savannah, sprinkled with low acacia trees and towering palms, is positioned between Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara. The spacious lodge – the only property on the concession – looks out across the dramatic landscape.

Spend time exploring the concession by vehicle or on foot, with complete freedom to paint and sketch at will. Even the lodge itself is perfectly suited for capturing the landscape on canvas; it faces a water hole that attracts a variety of wildlife, set against the distant views of the Rift Valley.

Home to the Slow Safari, where relaxation and immersion trump frenetic game sightings, Chem Chem is ideally suited to a painting safari. Under Alasdair’s tutelage, capture this spectacular terrain, the flora that thrives here and the plains game that grazes the grasslands.

There may also be the chance to paint the local Maasai warriors, who lead bush walks at Chem Chem. With their deep red shukas and colourful beads, they contrast wonderfully with greens and browns of the natural backdrop.


All standards of painters are welcome from beginner to expert; watercolour is the preferred medium together with pencil, charcoal or pen and wash for sketching. However, if you prefer oils or acrylics, that is perfectly fine.


Each day will be different, but the focus throughout will be on painting and spending time outside, in the heart of the African bush. Starts are likely to be early, to capture the wildlife at its most active or to witness the sunrise and paint under the soft dawn light. However, sunset will also come early, so late nights are unlikely.

The schedule will be relaxed and flexible, but possibilities include:

  • Quick sketches: Fill your safari journal or sketch book with both images and writings, focussing on wildlife encounters
  • Landscapes: Larger pieces with time to paint them, as well as sunrise and sunsets. Let nature safely happen around you
  • Lessons and demonstrations: Personal tuition, with demonstrations to help each painter, with tips and techniques
  • Figurative or still life: Maasai tribesmen or African memorabilia in the comfort of a base.
  • Raw material: Gather sketches, photographs and brainstorm ideas for one or more works to be finished back at home in the studio
  • Cartoons: Ideas for humorous pictures will undoubtedly flow as well

Take the time to execute paintings or sketches and move at your own creative pace – far slower than that of the usual safari goer. Record in painting and sketching all that surrounds you, capturing the intricacies and beauty of these remarkable landscapes.


Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour Expert.

If you are willing to share, we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay for a single room.

If you would prefer the privacy of your own room and would like this guaranteed, then the single room price supplement will apply.


The tented camp in Tarangire is simple, but beautifully designed. Tents are comfortable, with en-suite bucket showers. Chem Chem Lodge is exquisite throughout, with the spacious tented suites beautifully appointed. All have private verandas, as well as indoor and outdoor showers.


October is an ideal time to visit northern Tanzania. Temperatures will be relatively hot, but expect clear skies with little chance of rain.


A good level of fitness is not required for this trip. A reasonable amount of time will be spent on foot, but rarely going more than a short distance. There will always be a vehicle at hand and most travelling will be done by 4x4.


Expect to see elephants, lions, buffalos, cheetahs and numerous antelopes in Tarangire. If very lucky, you might spot a leopard. Whilst at Chem Chem, the wildlife will be limited to plains game, with plenty of zebras and giraffes.

Departing on:
  • 7th October 2017

For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.

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7th Oct 2017 16th Oct 2017 £ 7,595 £ 700 £ 1,895 Alasdair Hilleary Available
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what is included

  • 1 night at Legendary Lodge on a full board basis
  • 3 nights full board at Osunyai Lamarkau Wilderness Camp
  • 4 nights accommodation at Chem Chem on a full board basis
  • Accompanied by Alasdair Hilleary in Tanzania
  • All House drinks at Chem Chem
  • All House drinks at Legendary Lodge
  • All House drinks in Osunyai Lamarkau Wilderness Camp
  • Exclusive services of professional driver-guides
  • Exclusive use of 4WD safari vehicles
  • Game Park Entrance Fees
  • Kilimanjaro Airport road Transfers
  • Services of walking guide specialist in the Tarangire NP.
  • Tips for local guides, driver and porters

what is excluded

  • Drinks & laundry at KIA Lodge
  • Insurance
  • International flights
  • Painting materials
  • Visa


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Amsterdam

Fly Amsterdam to Kilimanjaro

Drive from Kilimanjaro to Arusha (Road Journey)

Arrive at Legendary Lodge and meet Alasdair.

Dinner included

You will be staying at Legendary Lodge

Day 2

Drive from Arusha to Tarangire National Park

Your guide will collect you from your hotel and together you will travel to Tarangire national park. The drive to the park gates will take about 2 hours depending on the road conditions. The rest of the way to camp will be through the park, game viewing along the way.

Located just a few hours drive from the town of Arusha, Tarangire is a popular stop for safaris travelling through the northern circuit on their way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. The Tarangire River is a magnet for thirsty wildlife and large herds of elephant, migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland gather and not surprisingly the predators follow behind. The scenery here is spectacular, with ancient baobab trees and breathtaking views of the Masaai Steppe and the mountains to the south.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

You will be staying at Osunyai Larmakau

Day 3

Continue painting and sketching the landscapes and wildlife of Tarangire.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

You will be staying at Osunyai Larmakau

Day 4

Final Day of Game Drives
On your final day in Tarangire, take a break from painting and spend more time on game drives and bush walks. Led by the camp's expert guides, gain a more in-depth understanding of the park's wildlife and explore further afield. There will also be the chance for a night drive, when nocturnal animals can be spotted. These include servals, leopards, mongooses and bat-eared foxes.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

You will be staying at Osunyai Larmakau

Day 5

Drive from Tarangire National Park to the Chem Chem Concession

A journey of around two or three hours, depending on the route taken and how much wildlife you encounter.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

You will be staying at Chem Chem

Day 6

Time Spent Painting at Chem Chem
Spend several days within the private Chem Chem Concession. Accompanied by Alasdair, explore the landscape by vehicle or on foot, with complete freedom to paint and sketch at will. Also take advantage of the lodge's brilliant location, sketching and painting from its veranda. It faces a water hole that attracts a variety of wildlife, set against the distant views of the Rift Valley.

Time here will be relaxed and unrushed, making the most of Chem Chem's renowned Slow Safari ethos. With Alasdair's help, capture the spectacular terrain, as well as the animals that wander this beautiful concession.

Again, possibilities will vary and there is likely to be a mix of quick sketches and half-day watercolour painting. However, given the slower pace of Chem Chem and the open landscape, it is perfectly suited for capturing wildlife on canvas.

There may also be the chance to paint the local Maasai warriors, who lead bush walks at Chem Chem. With their deep red shukas and colourful beads, they contrast wonderfully with greens and browns of the natural backdrop.

You will be staying at Chem Chem

Day 7

Spend more time painting and exploring the Chem Chem Concession.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

You will be staying at Chem Chem

Day 8

A final day at Chem Chem.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

You will be staying at Chem Chem

Day 9

Drive from Tarangire National Park to Kilimanjaro (Road Journey)

Day room at KIA

Fly Kilimanjaro to Amsterdam

Breakfast included

Day 10

Fly Amsterdam to London


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Chem Chem

Chem Chem

Situated on a private concession overlooking Lake Manyara, Chem Chem is a lodge where you are encouraged to relax and breathe....

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Osunyai Larmakau

Osunyai Larmakau

Osunyai Lamarkau sits facing the rising sun on the edge of the wilderness zone, affording stunning game viewing by 4WD or on foot accompanied by an armed Ranger....

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For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.

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"Every part of our trip was the highlight and it is not possible for us to point out just one thing, event or place."

"However, we received a magnificent surprise of a helicopter ride between camps in Botswana which meant a flight over the delta and an opportunity to see the delta and how it is formed. It was a wonderful surprise organised by Jackie and we were both absolutely overjoyed with the opportunity. I do not believe that there was more that could have been done as we had a magnificent trip."

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Tour Expert

Alasdair Hilleary

Alasdair Hilleary
Alasdair Hilleary has been painting and sketching for almost 40 years. His initial experimentations began at the back of the classroom, but he has since become renowned for his cartoons and caricatures, having exhibited across the world. He is now better known by his pen name, "Loon".

Specialising in watercolours and occasionally dabbling in oils and acrylics, he has taught painting courses across Europe. He has also travelled across Africa, painting landscapes, wildlife and people along the way.

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Group Size:

Min 4 / Max 8

Tour Expert:

Alasdair Hilleary

Departure Date (S):

  • 7th October 2017

The tour may involve little to no walking. Nothing over 1 hour in length. The tour will be at a very relaxed pace and involve a large amount of free time.

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