Kenya Art Safari 2023

Kenya Art Safari


12-18 February 2023 - $4,485

This is a unique opportunity to create art in the stunning landscape of Naivasha and Laikipia in Kenya. We will enjoy early morning  game drives to watch the sun rise and evening drives to soak up the glorious light with a sundowner. There will be plenty of opportunity to sketch and record our experiences on the drives and back at the venues. The trip will start with a day in Nairobi to visit the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and the Giraffe Centre.

We are delighted that we are now able to offer our second x2 Art Safari.

Following the success of 2019’s Art Safari, and post the worst of Covid, this is another exclusive chance to visit this beautiful country and be inspired to create art. Wendy and Virginia are passionate about the country and its people. Virginia grew up in Africa, living in Zimbabwe for 10 years. Wendy has lived in Kenya for four years and immediately fell in love with the breath-taking vistas, the light and colour, and of course the sheer joy of being up close and personal with incredible creatures. Wendy has discovered the secret gems and knows the safety requirements. She has personally visited the places we have chosen to plan this fantastic trip.

Two resident artist-tutors, Wendy & Virginia, guide and support, offering their experience and expertise for creatives of all levels. Both are current practising artists who exhibit widely and each has a background in teaching. They are passionate about the use of sketchbooks and encourage experimentation tempered with controlled practice. Informal tutorials in artists’ techniques and approaches feature as an intrinsic component of each day. Non-artist partners will enjoy the best of Kenya's wildlife in its natural surroundings, including six game drives, relax, read, write, walk – and even make a start on their own artistic adventures! Artists of all disciplines are very welcome.


During this safari, Kenya's ever-changing colour and light - and animals - will inspire you. It is 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.

This is an all-inclusive trip (flights not included) and is open to non-painting partners to enjoy the beauty and thrill of Kenya. We are limiting places to a very small number so please register your interest with us as soon as possible.

Two artists and teachers will guide individuals so everyone can work at their own level and explore their personal response to the beauty and colours of Africa.

Included:

  • All accommodation
  • Transfers from and to Nairobi’s JKI International airport
  • Welcome drinks at Macushla House;
  • Daily game drives in private conservancies in private 4x4 vehicles
  • Experienced drivers and spotters for all game drives;
  • All conservancy fees;
  • Tips;
  • Private use vehicles for game drives;
  • A visit to Nairobi’s David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage;
  • A visit to the Giraffe Centre;
  • Transport to David Sheldrick elephant orphanage and dinner in Nairobi;
  • All meals bar one lunch in Nairobi;
  • Sundowners in beautiful locations on evening game drives;
  • Bush breakfast;
  • Optional activities i.e., kayaking, walking, camel ride, visit to anti-poaching dogs;
  • Dinner at a restaurant in Nairobi;
  • Welcome pack;
  • Day room at Crowne Plaza airport hotel, before taking the night flight home.

Not Included:

  • All flights
  • 1 lunch in Nairobi
  • Spirits except for sundowners
  • Artists’ materials
  • Insurance *
  • Flying Doctor **
  • Food and drinks at Crowne Plaza
  • Additional tips #

* Insurance: This is an independent holiday, please ensure you are fully covered.

** Flying Doctor: AMREF off low-cost cover for an air ambulance. (Approx $10) www.flydoc.org 

# Additional Tips: Kenyans rely on tips. Although tips are included, you may wish to add for exceptional service.

Macushla

Chui Lodge

Mugie Camp

Accommodation

Nairobi: Macushla House - a small boutique hotel in an ideal situation in the leafy suburb of Karen. There is a pool and it is walking distance to the Giraffe Centre.


Naivasha: Chui Lodge – it is situated in an 80,000-acre wildlife sanctuary. Chui means leopard and if we are very lucky, we may see one of these elusive, magnificent cats. There is a waterhole on the perimeter so we can watch animals throughout the day.


Laikipia: Ekorian Mugie Camp – a small, tented camp that fuses luxury with sustainability; the tents are very spacious with en-suite bathrooms with flushing loos and hot water. 

The Creative Experience

Absorb the glorious landscape. The ever-changing colour and light - and animals - will inspire you. 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 artist can plan their own creative experience with Virginia and Wendy. Both artists and teachers are on hand to explain the day’s schedule and offer tutorials on the creative process. They will suggest ways of approaching subject matter for all ranges of ability.

Game Drives

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 spot our favourite animal. The drivers are experienced and have a wealth of knowledge to share.


At Mugie, there are extra activities (included and optional) e.g., time with the anti-poaching dogs, kayaking on the reservoir where elephants frequently come down to drink, camel rides and visiting the orphaned giraffe, Talah, who lives with the rangers.


We will brief the party on safety at all times.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive JKIA, Nairobi International Airport. Transfer to Macushla House, where you will be greeted with a welcome drink before bed. (Most european flights arrive late at night.)


Day2: After a hearty breakfast, we will visit the Elephant Orphanage. If there is time, we will stop into Matt Bronze for a quick look at their wonderful art before having lunch at a local restaurant and then visit the Giraffe centre. There are options to relax back at Macushla, to plan and discuss art and perhaps have a swim. Dinner at the famous Talisman restaurant with its own art exhibition.


Day 3: An early morning start to drive through the Rift Valley to Naivasha (approx. 3 hours). We will have a comfort stop at Fired Earth Pottery, where we can purchase a coffee, see the artisans at work, and buy a piece to take with us. We will arrive for lunch at Chui Lodge and then relax (swim in the heated pool, sketch, chat about art) before our first game drive. We will watch the sunset with a sundowner, then return to camp with a night light for spotting the nocturnal animals. Dinner back at camp.


Day 4: An early morning game drive followed by a hearty breakfast, before heading up through the lush Aberdares to Ekorian Mugie (approx. 3-1/2 hours). We will have a comfort break with coffee at a farm shop cafe in Gilgil. We will arrive for a delicious healthy lunch, then relax/create art, before our evening game drive, with a sundowner.


Day 5: A morning and evening game drive with time to relax in between with an opportunity to sketch and discuss art. Optional activities will be scheduled.


Day 6: A morning and evening game drive with time to relax in between with an opportunity to sketch and discuss art. Optional activities will be scheduled.


Day 7: Our last morning game drive. Flight back to Nairobi with wonderful views: arid Laikipia, dotted with bomas, the forested Aberdares with waterfalls and the city cheek by jowl with the Nairobi National Park. Relax at the airport hotel, sit on the roof terrace or shower and relax in your own day room before taking the night flight home. *


* If anyone would like to extend their trip, please contact Wendy wendy&virg@x2artholidays.com who can recommend options to see rhino or a stay at the beach


As always, we expect this to be very popular and places are strictly limited.


(We reserve the right to amend the itinerary if necessary)