A Tanzanian trip not to be forgotten with Artistsonsafari.com
Me, spend ten days painting wildlife in Tanzania? – never! Well that is what I thought until I went on a well planned ten day trip with Artists on Safari, a company who works in association with Nordic Travel who have been based in Tanzania for over fifteen years. A friend told me about Artists on Safari and being a non-artist with limited ability I was apprehensive, and not sure what this type of vacation would bring, “I haven’t drawn a thing since college-what if everyone else is better than me?” However, how glad was I to have made the decision to go!
From the moment we arrived we were welcomed and introduced over cocktails. Professional artist Gregory Wellman gave an introductory speech and joined the group for dinner (the group consisted of six people which was perfect for lots of one to one tuition).
After a good night’s sleep in one of the comfortable and wonderful lodges we all got up the next day to begin out adventure. Off to safari in the Arusha National Park with plenty of time for all artists and photographers alike to capture their images.
Each day was packed with wonderful and exciting places to visit and explore. The Ngorongoro Crater was awesome, the most beautiful scenes of wildlife, lions, elephant, rhino, herds of gazelle and a haze of pink flamingoes floating amid green and blue. Gorgeous! Really got the creative juices going and to be so close to draw our subjects.
Gregory Wellman’s attention to detail and positive support enhances your work- even for non-artists like me. I was so pleased with one piece I did that it’s now on the wall in my apartment.
Being a small group we soon bonded, making each day even more enjoyable. We had plenty of time to explore each location, looking for the best angles on the wildlife, adapting to changing light and learning so much about the wildlife and habitat from our driver guide. I will never forget watching elephant and antelope at an evening waterhole, safe in a ‘hide’, filling my memory card with scenes I’m more used to seeing in the National Geographic back home!
I found out that Artists on Safari work with companies who put something back into their communities for the good of the people, the wildlife or the habitat. Projects and foundations linked to them have provided clean water, raised funds for young girls to attend school, and worked to prevent poaching. Whistling Thorn camp supports conservation and the local Maasai community. By the way, this place is based on Maasai land and we spent one day of the trip painting, sketching and photographing in and around the village (trying honey beer and for the brave- Maasai gin!).
I would recommend this type of vacation to anyone who wants to experience Tanzania with really knowledgeable guides, see plenty of wildlife and be surrounded by some of the most beautiful locations. You could not ask for better accommodation. The great food and excellent service makes this trip a joy, and even though we visited many locations, each day still had its fair share of relaxing downtime, soaking in a bath or staring into the campfire surrounded by the sounds of the African bush. I also returned home with some of the best holiday photos of my life! Giving my creative side a kick start and exploring Tanzania has left me with so many amazing memories that I will never forget.
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