Karibu…….. x2 Kenya Art Holiday: November 2019
Wendy is now living mainly in Kenya and has fallen in love with the breathtaking vistas, the light and colour, and of course the sheer joy of being up close and personal with incredible creatures. So, x2 has decided to offer a unique holiday to experience authentic Kenya whilst being inspired by the landscapes and animals.
Living in Kenya for a year, Wendy has discovered the secret gems, knows the safety requirements and Virginia and
Wendy have visited the places together to plan a fantastic trip. We have worked in conjunction with Bold Travel, www.bold.travel.com who have many years of experience of off-the-beaten-track travel in Africa. This is an all-inclusive trip and is open to non-painting partners to enjoy the beauty and thrill of Kenya.
The holiday will span 3 locations, with accommodation in a boutique hotel, glamping at Sieku and a rustic lodge in Nakuru National Park.
• visits to up and coming Kenyan artists;
• time to sketch and paint, or photograph, in glorious locations;
• 6 safari game drives in three locations and a visit to Nairobi’s David Sheldrick elephant orphanage, in private vehicles; • a visit to Ngare Ndare National Forest for stunning scenery, walking and swimming in the azure natural pools;
• a celebratory farewell dinner at the famous Talisman restaurant in Nairobi;
• BA flights from Heathrow to Nairobi and all transfers;
• meals with beverages, including picnic lunches to make the most of the day and sundowners.
The Creative Experience:
Absorb the glorious landscape. The ever-changing colour and light - and animals - will inspire you. It’s a busy holiday with lots to do and see but we have scheduled time to sit and sketch in preparation for painting back home. Bring what materials you wish to use but certainly a sketch book is a must. Here you can sketch, draw, use pen and ink, watercolour or a range of materials of your choosing; Annotate, make colour swatches and plan for work back home. It is up to you.
Each day, Virginia and Wendy will be on hand to explain the day’s schedule and opportunities for the creative process. We will suggest ways of approaching subject matter for all ranges of ability. For more advance painters there will be the opportunity to paint; we recommend not using oils, for practicality unless you have a suitable storage box, due to their drying time.
Up with the dawn, as the sky erupts through a spectrum of colour, or, driving until the sun starts to sink with a similar light show, game drives are a highlight. We will explore in private 4x4s to thrill at an unexpected sighting, or, spotting our favourite animal. The drivers are experienced and have a wealth of knowledge to share.
We will brief the party on safety during the game drives and for when we are picnicking,
Please don’t be put off by being a few nights under canvas! It is a truly magical Kenyan experience. Sieku has a wonderful position overlooking the Borana private reservation. You can hear the animals at night. Each tent has an en-suite outdoor bathroom with shower. The joy of a shower after a dusty day is pure bliss; We will phone ahead as we return so that the askari (Swahili for soldier) can heat the water. As we’re snuggled down with hot-water bottles at night, the askari will also patrol just in case an animal has crept into the fenced campsite!
Full itinerary and details to follow shortly.
To register your interest, please email Wendy or Virginia.
As always, we expect this to be very popular and places are strictly limited.