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Art on Safari in Kruger

Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa

$1,599 per person sharing

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Art on Safari in Kruger

Indication Price (from): $1,599 per person sharing * View all prices.
Length: 5 days
Group Size: 6
Location: Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa
Departure Dates: 26 - 30 August 2018
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Final prices vary, subject to factors such as exchange rates, time of year and availability. Contact us to fine-tune these prices and to tailor-make your dream safari.


We do not charge you for our services. We generate revenue from our lodge suppliers, based on the volume of business that we generate for them.

Join professional wildlife artist Alison Nicholls 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.  Watch this video explaining what an art safari is all about.

The camp we enjoy during this safari is Africa on Foot, which specialises in walking safaris, although our activities will be vehicle based- so that we are able to get closer to wildlife. On this art safari you will get a chance to take part in two daily game drives with Alison, who will share with you her field sketching techniques and show you how to create your own wildlife field sketches.

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned wildlife artist, Alison Nicholls will teach and demonstrate how to sketch animals quickly and confidently, in a relaxed environment.

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Detailed Itinerary

Arrive at Eastgate airport (Hoedspruit), where you will meet up with your guide Alison Nicholls and the other members of your group. Once everyone has arrived, you will transfer to camp in Klaserie.

Once here you check into your room and acquaint yourself with Africa on Foot – your home for the next 4 nights.

After a light lunch Alison Nicholls will give a short demonstration, showing how she uses simple shapes to begin her wildlife sketches. With your materials in hand and Alison Nicholls to offer advice and demonstrations, you will embark on your first art safari game drive to capture Klaserie wildlife in your own sketchbook.

Alison Nicholls will sit in the middle of the group on drives, allowing her to easily talk to every guest. The main aim of the art safari is to teach guests to sketch wildlife quickly and confidently, so most sketching on game drives will be done in pencil, pen and other dry materials with the aim of completing as many sketches as possible of different species. Watercolour and other materials are more suitable for finishing off your artwork back at the lodge, but may be added during game drives if time allows.

During any of the art safari game drives you will enjoy a plethora of game sightings such as elephant, rhino, buffalo, impala, kudu, zebra, giraffe, steenbok, duiker, mongoose, baboon, vervet monkey and hippo. Leopard and lion, Africa’s biggest cats, prowl the bushveld and their calls can be heard in the night when you are falling asleep. The lions are famous in the Klaserie and their pride has been followed for years. Other fantastic predators found here are the spotted hyena, black-backed jackal, side-striped jackal, caracal, crocodile, cheetah, serval, and African wild dog, to name but a few. The camp is frequently visited by a pair of honey badgers, which is an exciting and eventful occasion. These are ferocious little creatures that are feared by most other big mammals in the wild because of their fearless attitude.

You will then slowly return to camp, keeping an eye out for some of the nocturnal species found in the reserve. At around 20h00 dinner is served and the following day’s art safari plan and sketching activities will be discussed.

Overnight at Africa On Foot
Each full day follows a similar routine depending on weather conditions and what has been seen thus far. Generally, your daily the routine will run as follows:

5h30: You will gather for tea, coffee and a light breakfast

6h00: Depart on the morning art safari game drive to sketch wildlife, followed by a late brunch

12h00 – 15h00: This time will be spent at camp where guests can choose to relax by the pool or get creative by taking part in an informal art workshop by Alison Nicholls.

The workshops will feature topics chosen by guests. Some examples of past topics are:

Colour – how to use it in your wildlife sketches
Sketch to studio – using your wildlife sketches to inspire studio paintings
Composition of a wildlife sketch

In addition, Alison will be available to give short individual critique sessions.

15h00: Tea and a light lunch

16h00: Depart on the afternoon art safari game drive

20h00: Return to camp for a hearty dinner and a chat about the next day’s art safari activities.

Overnights at Africa On Foot
The morning game drive will be followed by a farewell brunch, checkout and departure from Klaserie (10h00), with new and long-lasting memories and a renewed creative outlook on nature and wildlife. Should you wish to continue with your travels, Africa Geographic will be happy to assist you with recommendations and reservations.

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Indication Price (from):


  per person sharing

Departure Dates: 26 - 30 August 2018

This safari is quoted in South African Rands: R19,325

Price includes:
All accommodation, return road transfer from Eastgate Airport (Hoedspruit), all meals, local drinks (soft & alcoholic) and tea/coffees, 2 daily game drives, optional bush walks, and all conservation and entrance fees to access the reserve and guide fees. Art tuition by Alison Nicholls throughout the safari, including on twice daily game drives and during informal sketching workshops at Africa On Foot. WiFi access in the lounge area. 24/7 office support.

Price excludes:
International or domestic flights, visas, items of personal nature, telephone calls, laundry, travel and medical insurance, gratuities, excess baggage charges, or any activities not specified in the itinerary.

Suggested itineraries: We offer safaris to most accredited lodges in sub-Saharan Africa. Those appearing below are some of those on offer. Contact us to adapt these itineraries to your needs.

Final prices vary, subject to factors such as exchange rates, time of year and availability. Contact us to fine-tune these prices and to tailor-make your dream safari.


We do not charge you for our services. We generate revenue from our lodge suppliers, based on the volume of business that we generate for them.

The Klaserie is one the least “commercially developed” reserves and shares unfenced borders with the Kruger, allowing wildlife to roam freely throughout.

During the dry season the vegetation is sparse and wildlife congregates around watering holes. Expect to see the Big Five over the course of a 2-3 night stay. There are two resident prides that traverse the Africa on Foot area – the Ross Pride and the Hercules Pride, and occasionally even the Giraffe Pride.

In addition to the Big Five that are regularly sighted include giraffe, zebra, warthog, spotted hyena, baboon, hippo, impala, kudu, vervet monkey, waterbuck, wildebeest, bushbaby, mongoose, duiker and steenbok. You might also see wild dog, cheetah, honey badger, porcupine, aardvark, civet, caracal and serval. Birds that are regularly seen are vultures, owls, bee-eaters, rollers, eagles, bustards, hornbills, starlings and shrikes.

Alison Nicholls is a professional wildlife artist who lived in Botswana and Zimbabwe for 9 years. Sketching wildlife in the bush is an essential part of her work and the inspiration for her larger studio paintings comes from these hours of observation and wildlife sketching.

Alison Nicholls is a signature member of Artists For Conservation, the Society of Animal Artists, and a member of the Explorers Club and Salmagundi Club in New York City. Her work has been featured in wildlife art magazines in the USA and UK. The US Department of State used her work to promote the “Coalition Against Wildlife Trafficking” initiative and her work has been exhibited at the Botswana Mission to the United Nations in Manhattan. Her Conservation Sketching Expedition program allows her to visit African conservation projects, and then use exhibitions to raise awareness and funds for the project on her return to the USA. She lectures about Africa, wildlife and conservation issues in the region and donates a percentage from every sale to support African conservation projects.

You can see more of her work by visiting her website: www.ArtInspiredbyAfrica.comTo find out more about Alison’s Art and travels read any of the following trip reports: What is an Art Safari?, 2015 Art Safari trip report,  2013 Art Safari trip report,  2011 Art Safari trip report, 2017 Art Safari trip report, or this fascinating blog about A Day on Art Safari.

Climate: Kruger in August is Spring time which is the height of the dry season. Temperatures at this time range from 12°C – 28°C.

Difficulty: This art safari is largely vehicle based and is not strenuous. Walks are optional.

Accommodation: Africa on Foot, Klaserie Private Nature Reserve.

Africa on Foot is an eco-friendly camp which provides its guests with one of the most authentic safari experiences. The camp offers en-suite chalets, furnished with mosquito nets and solar powered mist fans. Shared areas include a splash pool with decking area, communal lounge/library and a boma with a roaring campfire in the evenings.

Group size: The art safari has been limited to 6 artists and your art guide Alison Nicholls.

Booking and payment details: Once you have decided to join one of our safaris, you will need to contact us for a booking form, which will include details relating to deposit and final payments etc. As our groups are small they fill up quickly.

“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.

“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

“This trip exceeded my expectations and imagination.” – Stacy Edick

“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, organisation and warmth as I did with Alison on this safari.  The photo safaris I’ve been on paled in comparison. Alison’s organisational skills are superb, and her ability to orchestrate game drives, meals and other logistics all while providing each individual enough attention and mix it with a lot of laughter is most impressive.” – Butch Mazucca

“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

“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 embarassment.  I learnt a lot and was very much inspired to continue my efforts in future.” – Alastair Gibson

“Alison taught us how to really look at an animal and see things that you don’t see from photos. I was able to continue sketching on the rest of our trip in Africa and found the game drives to be more interesting than before because I was constantly trying to sketch, and by the end of our trip my sketches had much improved and I now have my own references for future paintings. Alison’s art safaris would work for any level of experience and non-participating spouses can enjoy it as well.” – Bobbi Bryson

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