Art Safaris

Africa on Foot, Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, South Africa
27-31 August 2017 –
 Maximum Group Size: 6 participants
Price: ZAR (South African Rand) ZAR 19,200 per person sharing.  
2015 Africa Geographic Art Safari in Kariega Game Reserve, South Africa, with Artist Alison NichollsIn 2011 I began leading Art Safaris for Africa Geographic in South Africa. The safaris are suitable for all skill levels and are designed to teach guests how to sketch wildlife quickly and confidently. Non-sketching partners are welcome.

This trip exceeded my expectations and imagination. Stacy Edick

Art Safari, Africa Geographic, Alison NichollsMuch of our sketching is done from an open safari vehicle, giving guests unrestricted views of the numerous wildlife species. We have a maximum of 6 guests per safari so I can easily communicate with everyone during drives. Game drives take place in the early morning and late afternoon, optimal times for seeing wildlife and sketching in good light. Drives last approximately two and a half to three hours but we stop for refreshments midway.

It was the perfect beginning to a magical trip. The group size was perfect – Alison sat in the middle of the vehicle while we sketched and was able to then give each of us constant individualized feedback
. Bobbi Bryson

Art Safari 2012
I attended Alison Nicholls` Africa Geographic safari as a non-participating spouse. Using my photo safari experiences as a baseline, I`ll state unequivocally that never have I experienced such professionalism, enthusiasm, organization and warmth as I did with Alison on this safari. The photo safaris I`ve been on paled in comparison. I would not hesitate to recommend Alison or this African Geographic safari to my closest family and friends.
Butch Mazzuca

It was amazing to have Alison right there on every game drive offering ideas and suggestions. I can`t believe in such a few short days how quickly I improved my sketching!
Barbara Womack

Art Safari © Alison Nicholls 2011

During the middle of the day guests have a choice of taking part in a sketching or watercolor workshop, or they can just take in the surroundings and relax.

My husband and I had no idea what to expect for Africa Geographic’s (AG) Art Safari, but thought it would be a great opportunity to combine a trip to Africa with a chance to indulge in my love of art.  We weren’t disappointed.  AG took care of the details and were very responsive to any questions we had prior to arriving and once we returned home.  We were impressed with the lodging and the staff, and were overwhelmed by the amount of food they prepared for us – all very delicious by the way!  As for the artist herself, Alison was wonderful!  She had a great sense of humor, demonstrated lots of patience as she helped me work through my artistic endeavors, and had a wealth of stories and knowledge.  Couldn’t have asked for a better hostess!  The art lessons were fun and informal (on game drives or in cozier settings such as around a small table and fireplace), and offered all of us a chance for personal attention and development.  I learned new techniques (not the least of which was learning how to sketch animals on the move!), and although I did not create the masterpieces I envisioned, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would go again! Tammy Cloutier

Art Safari, South Africa, Africa Geographic, Alison Nicholls

Sketching in the bush with Alison was a delight, she is thorough, humorous, knowledgeable, and patient. I found it amazing that the placement of a single line transformed my house cat into a lion.
Celia Clowe

My passion for wildlife and art had come together to create the trip of my lifetime. I would definitely recommend ‘following the dream’! Judy Hall

To reserve your place, or to create a custom Art Safari for your own group, please email me or contact Christian Boix at AfricaGeographic. Email: Telephone: +27 (0)21 762 4974.

Africa On Foot, Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, South AfricaAfrica-On-Foot-Safari

The Africa on Foot camp is located in the heart of the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve. The reserve shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park and is west of the Timbavati, covering around 60 000ha on either side of the Klaserie River.Even though the camp is named “Africa on Foot”, the activities will be a vehicle based, allowing you to approach wildlife much closer. We will have exclusive use of the camp during the Art Safari, which gives us complete flexibility in terms of activities and meal times.


The Klaserie is one the least commercially developed reserves and shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park, allowing wildlife to roam freely throughout. During the dry season the vegetation is sparse and wildlife congregates around watering holes. It is not unusual to see the Big Five (lion, leopard buffalo, elephant, rhino) over the course of a 2-3 night stay. Other species that are regularly sighted include giraffe, zebra, warthog, spotted hyena, baboon, hippo, impala, kudu, vervet monkey, waterbuck, wildebeest, bushbaby, mongoose, duiker and steenbok. If you are lucky you might also see wild dog, cheetah, honey badger, porcupine, aardvark, civet, caracal or serval.


By the time we met, I already felt that I knew Alison well as she had taken the trouble to make contact with me on a number of occasions before the trip to outline what to expect, what was required and to make sure any questions were answered. Her artistic prowess is unquestioned but as a tutor, her quiet encouraging manner and friendly demeanour meant that a complete novice such as myself could reveal my artistic ineptitude with no fear of embarrassment. I learnt a lot and was very much inspired to continue my efforts in future. Alastair Gibson

Alison Nicholls is a generous and knowledgeable leader/teacher, helping you understand how animals are built, how they move and why they behave as they do. What better way to understand an animal than to draw or paint it? Alison is also a lovely and amusing traveling companion. I’ve been on over eighteen safaris and have never so thoroughly enjoyed my animal watching experiences. In fact, I cannot imagine going on future safaris without a sketchbook and pencil in my backpack and taking the time to sit, watch, listen, and to really “see” and record the marvels unfolding before me. Penelope Bodry-Sanders

I saw the advert in Africa Geographic and it made me want to take the trip all over again.  Judy Rasmuson

Art Safaris with Alison Nicholls
To reserve your place, or to create a custom Art Safari for your own group, please email me or contact Christian Boix at AfricaGeographic. Email: Telephone: +27 (0)21 762 4974.