I spent many happy days visiting some fantastic locations and lodges and then sitting down with one of the best tour operators in the country to plan this painting trip. I am quite convinced it offers incredible value for money and great memories forever! Take a look and see what you think…
- Day 1
You arrive in Durban where you will be met by me and your guide. You will transfer to your hotel – a 4 star hotel in the Umhlanga region in a nice comfy bus.
For the afternoon – enjoy a bit of leisure time to find your feet andLook around, maybe Sketch the lighthouse
In the evening you will meet your tutor/artist, Gill and enjoy a chat and dinner together
- Day 2
After breakfast we will depart for iSimangaliso Wetland Park (formerly St Lucia) – a world heritage site situated on the North Coast of Kwa Zulu Natal
En route you will enjoy the scenery which will begin to inspire you with the wonderful opportunities that await you
Lidiko lodge where you will stay is a quaint little guest house. In the afternoon you’ll take a delightful boat cruise which will offer great photographic opportunities for some future works and also for planning your painting. You should see hippos, crocodiles and incredible bird life.
Something a bit different for you to look forward to is Lunch which will be served on the boat.
Your first painting session has been planned for the afternoon, which will take the form of a workshop under the thatch gazebo at the Lidiko Lodge
Dinner will be at your leisure at one of the nearby restaurants.
- Day 3
Today we have a day of art planned, We have selected an excellent site near the estuary, with sea views, estuary views, and wonderful bird life.
Make our self comfortable and under the guidance of your tutor begin to enjoy painting under African skies!
We won’t even interrupt you as lunch will be packed
- Day 4
After breakfast you will have some time in the morning to complete your paintings under the gazebo before departing for Shakaland –
a glorious site with true Zulu Culture which you will learn about and also have a great opportunity to create wonderful paintings.
On arrival you will go on an educational tour of the village. While you are walking around I’m sure you will mark a spot where you will want to return to to do some painting later on! Get to know the people and after the village tour – you will get an opportunity to begin to work in this unique Zulu environment.
Dinner will be at Shakaland followed by a vibrant show of Zulu dancing. Finally you can go to sleep in a traditional style Zulu “beehive”
- Day 5
After a leisurely breakfast you will have time to complete your sketches before departing for Isandlawana in the heart of the Anglo Zulu Battlefields. En route we’ll stop somewhere nice for lunch and will arrive mid afternoon at our lodge on a hill in an incredible setting overlooking Isandlawana.You will be eager to catch the afternoon light during your afternoon of painting with Gill on hand for advice. Dinner will be at this stunning lodge
- Day 6
After breakfast the local specialist storyteller-guide will meet with you and begin to tell you the emotional story of great battles from this area
You will then be taken onto the actual battle site to listen to the tale of the Isandlawana battle and then move onto Rorkes Drift where the battles continued.
Lunch will be a picnic here after which it will be time to take out your paints and begin your next piece in the tranquility of this site
Later in the late afternoon you can enjoy a good position on the patio of the lodge and prepare another painting of this area overlooking the local village below and the hill of Isandlawana
- Day 7
After this most enjoyable visit today you will be departing for Zintulo a most beautiful 5 star lodge and a true safari experience.
You’ll arrive in time for lunch after a very welcome. After lunch we’ll waste no time before departing on your first game drive and where you can begin to enjoy the magic of the real African bush.
As the sun sets you’ll enjoy sundowners in the bush listening to the animals before returning to the lodge for dinner.
- Day 8
Today starts with an early game drive and then a morning of painting with the guidance of your tutor, Gill– wait till you see this painting spot – too die for as the youngsters say!
Later lunch will be served on the expansive deck and for the afternoon you can enjoy another game drive to search for the Big 5!
- Day 9
Another day to enjoy the magic of the African Bush and take up the opportunity to paint this magical scenery.
Game drives are available – but a bush walk could be a good idea to spy on the smaller creatures
- Day 10
Today we leave Zintulo which you might have thought was a good end to a holiday but we shall make our way to the second World Heritage site The Magnificent Drakensberg Mountains
This is a lovely journey with picturesque scenery and after a delightful lunch stop at Howick Falls
We’ll arrive at your home in the mountains, the Sani Pass hotel which is well located with magnificent views of the berg and easy access up to Lesotho.
You can spend the afternoon enjoying your surroundings.
- Day 11
Today starts with getting comfortable in a favoured location to paint this incredible range of mountains always an artists delight.
Lunch will be around the pool with an afternoon at leisure to enjoy the walks orjust sit and soak up the vistas.
- Day 12
A full day up the pass is planned today. You will travel in 4×4 vehicles. It’s a great photographic and cultural opportunity for future paintings!
You’ll learn about the people of Lesotho and look into their primitive lifestyle.
Lunch will be in the highest pub in the world before returning to the hotel mid afternoon for a session of painting
- Day 13
Today is departure day – however you do have a morning to relax before departing for Durban and your flight home
South African Painting Holidays at your service!