Sunset from the Kilimanjaro Foothills
Come with artists on an adventure holiday in Tanzania to see the wildlife,
the scenery and the tribes-people and capture on canvas the mystery,
light and sheer excitement of this vast continent.
Photos taken by BJ Boulter on a painting safari. For more photos and a Safari Diary click here
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Gaelle Hamp-Adams
Mixed Media

Our Painting Safaris are an exclusive chance for artists, experienced or aspiring, to savour the beauty of Africa at a pace which allows you to appreciate the smallest detail.
Travel with artist and tutor Gaelle Hamp-Adams to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Kilimanjaro and the Rift Valley. Set up an easel under a thorn tree. Dine beneath the stars and sleep in luxury under canvas. Your holiday travel and accomodation on safari will be arranged by BJ, Barbara Jane Boulter.
Gaelle grew up in South Africa, studied art in London and has painted and drawn all her life. She has held art workshops in Africa and Europe and has worked as a volunteer for the Arts Community Exchange teaching less advantaged communities. Her works hang in private collections in Europe, the USA and South Africa. BJ was raised in Tanzania, schooled in Kenya, and has cared for film crews and artists in East Africa since 1985.
Our objective is to meet the local people, observe the wildlife, seek new vistas, paint at every opportunity - and really enjoy ourselves at a gentle pace. See the Painting Safari Workshops Itinerary below.

WEST KILIMANJARO, THE RIFT VALLEY, SERENGETI & NGORONGORO CRATER - Click here for map spend days on the plains of Africa painting the wildlife and the people in an eco-tourism sanctuary where wild elephants roam freely. In the heart of Africa paint in the wilderness and visit the birthplace of mankind. Descend the Ngorongoro Crater, see the wildlife big five and the hippos wallow. At Lake Natron watch the flamingoes wade, see the volcanic lakes and craters and meet the Maasai peoples of the Rift Valley and the Serengeti.
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Mixed media by Gaelle Hamp-Adams - Click to enlarge
Watercolours by group members

Painting Holiday Safari in Tanzania and Zanzibar.
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All accommodation and meals when in camp including drinking water, tea and coffee
Transfers to nearest International Airport
Flying Doctors Membership for evacuation to nearest hospital
Transport by road to lodge, camp and painting locations with driver/guide
Painting sessions with instruction, demonstrations and critique sessions
Some painting material (see Artists Page »)
Workshop guide with 25 years group management experience in East Africa
Safari guide BJ Boulter with 25 years group management experience in East Africa 

International and Local Flights
Conservation fees and entrance fees to game parks
Visas, passport fees, excess baggage, overseas departure and arrival taxes
Travel arrangements not listed your chosen itinerary
Alcoholic beverages at Camps, Lodges or Restaurants en-route
Personal Insurance for health, accident, travel, loss or damage
Gratuities to drivers, staff and other general or personal assistance rendered

Travellers are advised to have their own Travel Insurance and Medical Health Insurance.
Accommodation is provided by the very best safari outfitters for your safety and comfort.
The mobile phone network coverage is excellent, standard European/US roaming applies.

We advise travel to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), Tanzania - departure from same airport unless taking an extension to Zanzibar, (which is a ferry-ride or short local flight from Dar es Salaam) with KLM (direct to Kilimanjaro and Dar es Salaam daily) the return flight can be from Dar es Salaam International Airport via Amsterdam. British Airways, Air France, Lufthansa or other airlines via Nairobi. Gulf Air, Emirates or Qatar via Zanzibar. We are happy to advise, though not book your flights.

During all our travels, when painting or photographing, and at camps and lodges you will be in the care of experienced safari guides. The luxury tented camps are staffed by the same array of personnel as a five star hotel. From plane to camp, from kitchen to table, whilst you are with us there is always a staff member taking care of your needs and safety.

We strongly advise travellers to have their own Travel and Medical Health Insurance.

Whilst painting, travelling by car or game driving we are never out of radio contact with main camp by radio or mobile phone. Should you bring a mobile phone with roaming, the network coverage is as good as any in Europe.

Boards and stools will be supplied. Bring your preferred painting medium and a painting block. Feel free to contact Gaelle for guidance on materials:

The Lingua-Franca in Tanzania is English, therefore the tutorials will be held primarily in English language. Your hosts speak English, Swahili, Zulu, Portuguese, Dutch and Spanish.

Let us plan and escort an economical bespoke safari for your art group to Tanzania or Kenya with yourself as tutor, and within your pupils/artists preferred budget.

Contact : Interested painting tutors, art teachers, pupils and artists please email Barbara Jane Boulter (BJ) your Workshop Manager/Guide, for ideas based on your painting, budget, travel and venue preference.

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BJ Boulter (Barbara Jane) : Safari Workshop Guide & Manager West Kilimanjaro,
The Rift Valley, The Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater
Workshop members will be met at Kilimanjaro International airport and transferred to the tented lodge where a warm welcome and a light supper await you. After a brief camp experience introduction you will be shown your luxurious tented rooms which stand on wooden platforms in the foothills west of Kilimanjaro.
West Kilimanjaro
After breakfast in the banda we will go on a familiarization tour and hope to encounter the elephants and other wildlife. The camp is an ecologically sensitive enterprise and $20 of your nightly fee is a donation to Kilimanjaro Conservancy. After lunch the first workshop will be on the dining veranda. Gaelle will begin with a demonstration and give personal attention to everyone as the group paints and sketches, getting to know each other and the medium with which to work.
West Kilimanjaro to N'garuka
Dawn heralds with tea delivered to your tent veranda. We will depart for a location on the foothills where we capture the first beams of sunshine slanting across the plains. Gaelle will show you watercolour washes that capture the fast changing light. Breakfast will be served by our driver on location. On returning to camp lunch will be served. After packing our bags we say goodbye to the Ndarakwai staff and head for the airport to fly to Manyara. Where we are met by the drivers and vehicles that will be with us for the rest of our trip. We depart for the Rift Valley. On the way stopping for a while in Mto Wa Mbo. A bustling town where all the tribes are represented and all nations meet. Market stalls laden with fruit and spices, tinkers, tailors and curio shops. An opportunity to sketch the colourful scene. A drive along the foot of the escarpment will bring us to camp by tea-time. After settling in, a game drive at dusk will end the day.
Rift Valley Camp
Dawn wake-up once again! Today we will be welcomed at the nearby Manyatta by the age-set chief and his very extensive family for a day of 'Life and Location' painting. The cows and goats are being milked in the early morning light. The Maasai, their domestic animals and their homes are a fascinating colour-rich subject. These people will charm and delight you with their welcome, humour, elegance and grace. Practice life/location-painting with warriors, womenfolk, children and domestic animals. In the early evening we take the low road to the far hills for tea and to paint sunset view over the distant plains to Rift Valley.
Tea at dawn will give us an early start. Today we will be welcomed at the nearby Manyatta by the age-set chief and his very extensive family for a day of 'Life and Location' painting. The Maasai, their domestic animals and their homes are a fascinating colour-rich subject. These people will charm and delight you with their welcome, humour, elegance and grace.
Lake Natron
After breakfast in camp we will visit the isolated village of N'garuka. Travel through magnificent volcanic country for a few hours will bring us to our overnight camp at Ngare Sero river. Lake Natron is a forbidding and surreal environment, a soda lake of ever changing shades of pink and red, sharply contrasting white soda crusted edges, alkaline mud flats, fresh-water inlets and a feeling of eternal space, at the lowest point of the Rift Valley. Truly peace in the wilderness.
On leaving Lake Natron we climb the walls of the escarpment to enjoy the fabulous views over the length of the wildest part of the Great Rift Valley which rent the continent of Africa asunder millions of years ago. We will stop to practice a watercolour wash and enjoy a picnic lunch before heading for our camp under canvas in the Loliondo Hills. Here a hot shower and a sundowner await us at the foot of a rocky outcrop among the shady acacias.
Loliondo, Serengeti
Loliondo is the gateway to Serengeti. Wake to 'early morning tea' before setting off for a days' painting on the savanna, where breakfast will be served. After returning to camp for lunch, the afternoon can be spent in camp with Gaelle will help to develop sketches into paintings. We will choose a sunset location to practice very quick watercolour washes. We will spend two days here, walking with the Maasai herdsmen and capturing the stunning views across the Serengeti from a nearby hilltop.
Ol Duvai Gorge to Ngorongoro
This morning we depart for the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. We visit the Olduvai Gorge where Luis and Mary Leakey discovered the earliest remnants of mankind. The near-human Hominids - over 2 million years old. A mere crack in the surface of the Serengeti, the gorge is the result of geographical, geological and evolutionary events that have rendered history available to our eyes. We climb to the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater and reach our lodge in time for sunset.
Ngorongoro to KIA
The African sunrise should not be missed on your last day in the crater. Clouds shift and part, the lake below gleams iridescent. Breathtaking . . . or not, the crater can be covered completely in an early misty haze. This is a special end to your trip, a tour of the fabled Ngorongoro Crater, eighth wonder of the world. The exciting drive down what was once only a path for Maasai herdsmen, who still travel the same route to graze their herds on the grassland below, brings us a day spent with all the big game, except giraffe which cannot negotiate the towering lava walls. The animals of the crater are so disdainful of humans that one can take startlingly close photographs, a source of your own to continue the wilderness painting experience at home. Lunch will be a picnic in the crater. At the end of this eventful day you will depart by plane from Manyara to Zanzibar or to to catch your homeward flight in the evening.
Time to spare ... fly to Zanzibar, just over an hour away is the sparkling Indian Ocean and the silver sands of the spice island. Please go to our website for more information!
Guests comments and pictures
'I've had a great time!
I have been on three painting jaunts.
First was instantly forgettable
Second was forgettable
Third... this one... Memorable!
I still think about it...
against the day I will actually be able to paint.'

D.Hill, May 2007
Photos by Wil Werner -

Photo Album of our 2007 Painting Safari by Wil Werner - PLEASE CLICK HERE -
A Different World

Magnificent wildlife, majestic knarled trees,
Such a beautiful landscape is hard to believe
Powerful contrasts absorbed day after day,
Beauty and Beast in abundant display

Soft dappled light. Silence. African heat,
The dung and red dust, yet a perfect retreat
Elephants, monkeys, giraffe, birds of prey,
Extraordinary creatures seen day after day

Kind hospitality with all we can eat,
Papaya, bread, peanut soup, bananas so sweet
Delicious camp cooking, wine, succulent meat,
Comfortable beds - this camp is a treat!

Smiles, waving, courtesy. Jostling crowds,
Bikes, jeeps and lorries. Cows pulling their ploughs
The bustling market, fresh produce for sale,
Curious glances at strangers, so pale

In ochre mud huts there’s a dignified pride,
Vivid red, orange, blue of a shy Maasai tribe
Then enchanted by Schumann in soft candlelight,
Jan’s beautiful singing a cultural highlight

Is this rich? Is it poor? Is it dirty or clean?
Can it be Darwin’s Nightmare or an African Dream?
Everywhere colour, beautiful, bright
A photographer’s dream, a painter’s delight

So thank you to Gaelle and thank you BJ,
For all that you’ve done for this memorable stay
A break from our world, a week’s tranquillity,
Shikamuu, Mzuri,
A big Asante

by Kate Stratton, April 2007

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