Aug 29 – Arrival in Arusha
Your guide will be meeting you upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha Airport. Standing at an altitude of 1390m, the town is surrounded by fertile land that yields coffee, wheat and maize to the people of the Waarusha and Wameru tribes. It is the access door to the Northern Tanzanian Safari circuit. You will be hosted in our own Karama Lodge where you will meet your art tutor and your fellow artists participating to this tour. You will all enjoy dinner, bed and breakfast -
Aug 30 – Safari 1
Arusha to Lake Manyara
This morning you are heading off in a four wheel drive safari vehicle with picnic lunch boxes. Your Tanzanian driver/guide will take you across the Great Rift Valley. This is one of the earth’s most dramatic natural features stretching from the Dead Sea in Jordan to Mozambique in the South. This huge depression is up to 100km wide in places and hosts an enormous diversity of animal and plant life.
Today’s route leads through the ancestral lands of the Maasai, probably the best known tribe in Africa, to the village of Mto wa Mbu and the entrance of the park. During your game drives in Lake Manyara National Park you may be lucky enough to see the Park’s major attraction the tree‐climbing Lions ‐ though there’s obviously no guarantee of this! There are plenty of other things to see: Elephant, Hippo and plains game as well as a huge variety of bird life, both resident and migratory. You will have the whole day to discover the wildlife and a painting session will be organized in the afternoon at a location allowing you to have great views of the lake itself and of the Rift valley surrounding it. Dinner and overnight stay at Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp situated not far from the park entrance. Your tutor will discuss with you the art work produced during the day -
Aug 31 – Safari 2
Lake Manyara and Karatu area
The whole morning will be dedicated to, in situ, painting session in Manyara National Park and you will enjoy a picnic breakfast in a lovely natural setting. You will then head (20 minutes drive) to Karatu where you will have a late lunch at Gibbs Farm, your home for the next two nights. This lovely lodge with lush garden is set up in the middle of the coffee fields, a great opportunity for landscape painting. It will open its art studio if you wish to paint in the afternoon or work on sketches done the day before. There is always a local artist in residence at Gibbs Farm with whom you can exchange your views on art. In the afternoon, you will be able to take a coffee tour (in option) if you want to learn more about the production of coffee in the area. Dinner and overnight at Gibbs Farm -
Sep 1 – Safari 3
This day will give you the opportunity to discover the Karatu area and to visit the outdoor studio of a local painter who will initiate you to his technique and inspiration. Lunch will be taken at Gibbs Farm and in the afternoon you will have the chance to meet an Iraqw family and visit their traditional underground housing. The Iraqw are a Cushitic people of the Arusha and Manyara Regions of north-central Tanzania, near the Rift Valley wall and south of Ngorongoro Crater. The language is distinctive from their Bantu and Nilotic neighbors and resembles an Arabic sound. The areas surrounding Karatu town in Arusha region is Iraqw homeland and visitors can witness their locally developed intensive cultivation techniques. Traditionally in conflict with the Maasai, Iraqw homesteads included underground tunnels – aasimo - in which to hide. This visit will be a great opportunity to work your portrait skills. Dinner and overnight at Gibbs Farm.
Sep 2 – Safari 4
Karatu to Ndutu area in Southern Serengeti region This morning, after an early breakfast, you’ll continue past Ngorongoro Crater to the Ndutu area which is part of the Serengeti eco-system but actually outside the southern boundaries of the park. This allows your driver/guide to take you off tracks and to come as close as possible to the animals without troubling them (within the park limits you have to stay on the marked tracks which can be frustrating). You will be able to enjoy the immense open plains but also very lovely marsh areas and forest where hundreds of bird species can be seen. You will have a picnic lunch and will have several hours to sketch and paint in situ. You will arrive late afternoon at the Ndutu Safari Lodge, home of wildlife lovers for decades. Do not be surprised if wildlife comes to your door step, this is part of the charm of the place where you will share your adventure of the day around a camp fire. Dinner and overnight at Ndutu Safari Lodge - http://www.ndutu.com/
Sep 4 – Safari 6
Ndutu to Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After an early breakfast and morning game drive you will leave the Ndutu area, and retrace your route back to the Ngorongoro Crater (with picnic lunch), a vast volcanic caldera that offers tremendous game‐viewing opportunities. En-route you will be able to visit a Maasai Boma and do a portrait sketching session. Tonight you will sleep on the Rim of the World’s largest Crater ‐ designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site ‐ from where there’s a fabulous unimpeded view down into the Crater. Dinner and overnight at Rhino Lodge -
Sep 5 – Safari 7
Today you embark on an unforgettable safari into the Crater. Ngorongoro is one of the most picturesque settings for observing wildlife. With around 30,000 resident animals, the game viewing is excellent all year round and the viewing opportunities are unrivalled! Encounters with animals are frequent in this Garden of Eden, and there is a wide variety to see. Lake Magadi, the soda lake on the floor of the Crater, is home to thousands of Flamingos. This is also one of the best places to see the endangered Black Rhino. You will spend the entire day into the crater (with picnic lunch) before heading to Karatu for dinner and overnight stay at Ngorongoro Farm House -
Sep 6 – Safari 8
Karatu to Tarangire
Today after breakfast, you’ll move on to one of Tanzania's less visited places, Tarangire National Park. Established in 1970, it takes its name from the Tarangire River, a permanent watercourse running through the middle of the Park, allowing fantastic views along the valley. On approaching the Park however, the most eye-catching aspect is the view of baobab trees rising from the plain. These trees are instantly recognizable by the leafless branches – almost as if they were the roots of a tree that was planted upside down. The scars on their trunks bear witness to the presence of large herds of Elephant that Tarangire attracts. The largely forested areas and high grasses make game viewing harder than on the short grass plains of the Serengeti, but during the dry months (Jul-Sep) large numbers of animals congregate along the banks of the river. As well as elephant it’s possible to see lions, wildebeest, buffalo, zebra, Thompson's gazelle, eland and hartebeest, as well as leopard - if you’re exceptionally lucky. You will spend the whole day in the park (with picnic lunch) and have many opportunities for painting sessions. Dinner and overnight stay at Maramboi Tented Camp -
Sep 7 - Safari 9
The entire day will be allocated to painting sessions in the park at various locations to allow you to capture the beauties of the scenery and encounter as much wildlife as possible. You will have a picnic lunch on the banks of the Tarangire River. Your tutor will lead a final workshop to discuss each participant production made during your safari. Dinner and overnight at Maramboi Tented Camp.
Sep 8 – Leaving Tanzania
Tarangire to Arusha
Today, after breakfast, you will leave Tarangire National Park and cross the open plains back to Arusha either on time to connect your flight back home or for an overnight stay at Karama Lodge in B&B (optional). If you stay for an overnight in Arusha, we can arrange for a short excursion on the slopes of Mount Meru or you can spend time discovering the art collection of the Cultural Heritage Center (optional but free). If you have a late flight, it will be possible to stay at Karama Lodge on a day room basis (fee optional).