- 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.
WHICH NATIONAL PARKS WILL I VISIT ON THIS TOUR?
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.
CHEM CHEM CONCESSION
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.
DO I HAVE TO BE AN EXPERT AT PAINTING TO JOIN THIS TOUR?
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.
WHAT HAPPENS ON A TYPICAL DAY?
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.
IS THIS GROUP TOUR SUITABLE FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS?
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.
WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION LIKE?
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.
WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?
October is an ideal time to visit northern Tanzania. Temperatures will be relatively hot, but expect clear skies with little chance of rain.
DO I NEED TO BE FIT?
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.
WHAT WILDLIFE WILL I SEE?
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.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.