Art Safaris

2018 Art Safari – we have space for 1 more guest. Will it be you?

2019 Art Safari provisional dates are:
Art Safari 1:  August 21-25      Art Safari 2: August 25-29
Both safaris will be in private reserves in South Africa in the Greater Kruger National Park.

My art safari experience with Alison was beyond my wildest dreams.  I learned so much about drawing the animals. It was a trip of a lifetime filled with fun, learning and lot’s of laughter. Debra Singleton  

In 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. We have a maximum of 6 guests on each safari. Non-sketching friends or partners are very welcome.

The Bush House – September 15-20, 2018  1 place available
The Bush House, Madikwe Game Reserve
The Bush House is an old farmhouse converted into a beautiful lodge, with a great waterhole and an underground hide, located in Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa. The price per person sharing, in South African Rand, is: ZAR 26,785 (approx US$2,265). The night of Sept 15
will be spent in Johannesburg then group travels together to The Bush House for 4 nights, returning to Johannesburg Sept 20.

We had a wonderful experience with Alison at Africa on Foot. The opportunities to see and draw animals were abundant and it was great to be with like-minded sketchers. The rangers went out of their way to ensure we saw a variety of animals, although the leopard evaded us. The camp provided an authentic safari experience. Alison is a great teacher and I feel my work improved because of her feedback. Amanda & Don Scott

Alison Nicholls Africa Geographic Art Safari 2016

On an Art Safari, much of our sketching is done from an open safari vehicle, giving guests unrestricted views of the numerous wildlife species. I sit in the middle row of seats, 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

Alison Nicholls Africa Geographic Art Safari 2016

During the middle of the day guests can relax and take a dip in the pool, or take part in an art workshop. The workshops can cover a number of topics including how to add watercolor to pencil sketches or how to use your sketches as the basis for studio paintings. The workshops are very friendly and informal and everyone works at their own pace.

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 Safaris with 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

The Bush House, 2018
Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa.
September 15-20, 2018.
Price per person sharing: ZAR 26,785 (approx US$2,265).
4 nights in The Bush House plus 1 night (Sept 15) in Johannesburg.
   1 place available

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

Sketching lions in South Africa 2015

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 Africa Geographic Art Safari 2016

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

Alison Nicholls Africa Geographic Art Safari 2016

To reserve your place on an Art Safari or to create a custom safari for your own group, please use the links below to contact Christian Boix at AfricaGeographic.
Email: Telephone: +27 (0)21 762 4974. Africa Geographic handle all reservations and payments, and will be delighted to help you with any other travel arrangements you may require in Africa.

The Bush House, 2018
Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa.
September 15-19, 2018.
4 nights in The Bush House plus 1 night (Sept 15) in Johannesburg.
Price per person sharing: ZAR 26,785 (approx US$1,995).
1 place available