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I have lived in Kenya most of my life and currently am based on a 50,000 acre cattle ranch, Soysambu, in the Great Rift Valley. The ranch has a profusion of wildlife including leopard, buffalo and giraffe. On the western boundary is Lake Nakuru National Park where one can see lions and both species of rhino. The views of the mountains, lakes, and plains from these two locations are truly spectacular and the climate at 6000ft above sea level is one of the most equitable in the world. We are also just 30 miles south of the equator
Teaching on Soysambu Camp

I have been painting wildlife professionally for 30 years and now would like to share some of my experience and knowledge with others. To this end, in conjunction with OnSafari, we will be organizing a 16-day safari/workshop for amateur and professional artists.

During this 16-day period there will be the opportunity to sketch and photograph most of Africa's classic large animals as well as the many lesser animals and birds. I will offer advice on the non-technical aspects of wildlife photography. I will be available during the entire period to advise and critique paintings and there will be ample opportunity to actually paint

On safari

The safari will include Samburu, Soysambu with Nakuru Park and the Masaii Mara where we will see the wildebeeste migration with game drives using OnSafari's luxury 4-wheel drive vehicles.



The Itinerary
October 2nd - 17th 2004

Our days on this safari will primarily be spent searching for wildlife. We will spend time studying and photographing various animals in a variety of habitats, gathering material to be used in painting at a later date. Simon will give instruction on how to reproduce these encounters onto canvas. There will be time to practice sketching techniques in the field as well as painting techniques onto canvas.
Non-artist partners are welcome.

October 2
Arrive Nairobi, Nairobi Hotel
On arrival at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will be met and transferred to your Nairobi Hotel. You will be tired from your long flight to Nairobi so the best part of the day will be recovering from this. In the afternoon we will have a gathering and briefing on what to expect during your safari.
October 3 Samburu Game Reserve, Private Camp
We will set off in the early morning on our journey north past Mount Kenya and into the arid lands of Samburu.
October 4 Samburu Game Reserve, Private Camp
October 5 Samburu Game Reserve, Private Camp
We will have 2 full days to explore this region. There are dramatic mountains and the Uaso Nyiro River that provides a scenic landscape for searching for the wildlife. We can expect to see interesting wildlife such as Grevy's Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk, Oryx as well as Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Cheetah and Leopard.

October 6 IL Ngwesi
October 7 IL Ngwesi
A short distance from Samburu is IL Ngwesi, a small privately run lodge perfectly situated on a hillside with views over the surrounding bushlands. An ideal situation for generating inspiration amongst artists.
October 8 Soysambu, Private Camp
We will drive away from the bushlands of the north, skirting the edge of the Aberdare Mountains and descend into the Rift Valley to the private lands of Soysambu, home of Lord Delamere and also Simon Combes. We will find our camp set up here looking out over Lake Elementaita.
October 9 Soysambu, Private Camp
October 10 Soysambu, Private Camp
Soysambu is characterized by stunning views and is also host to a great variety of wildlife. The ranch borders Lake Nakuru National Park. There will be 3 days of excursions to the nearby Lake Nakuru and its surrounding woodland. The Lake is famous for its concentrations of flamingos and other birdlife; the surrounding woodland is also host to plenty of interesting wildlife including both black and white rhinoceros.

Tent Interior
Breakfast on Safari

October 11 Rift Valley, Malewa River Lodge
October 12 Rift Valley, Malewa River Lodge
We will depart camp in the morning and travel the short distance to Malewa River Lodge. This beautifully situated little lodge is on Kigio Wildlife Sanctuary, a private wildlife sanctuary managed by Chris Campbell Clause. Chris is also a renowned water color artist and will be lending his experience to us during our visit here.

October 13. Masai Mara Game Reserve, Private Camp
We will set off in the early morning on our journey to the Masai Mara. We will arrive at our private camp in the afternoon. This camp is in the heart of the best wildlife country in the world.
October 14 Masai Mara Game Reserve, Private Camp
October 15 Masai Mara Game Reserve, Private Camp
October 16 Masai Mara Game Reserve, Private Camp
Three more nights and three full days to explore the Mara region. We can expect to see a huge range of wildlife such as impala, topi, Grant's gazelle, Thompson's gazelle, eland, zebra, wildebeest, elephant, hippo, crocodile, lion, cheetah and leopard. We will take early morning drives as well as afternoon drives in the search for this wildlife. We will have the opportunity to visit nearby Masai communities and to see how this interesting culture lives. We may take short hikes amongst the wildlife and we might even go on night drives. There will be plenty of opportunity for photography, sketching and painting.
October 17. Nairobi, International Departure
We will leave camp in the early morning for the final part of our journey back to Nairobi. We will arrive in good time for you to meet your international flight departure from Nairobi that evening.

Camp setting

If you are interested in joining me in this Safari Workshop, please contact:

Anthony Cheffings
OnSafari (K) Ltd.
P.O. Box 42562
Nairobi, Kenya
+254 (0) 891736
Email: acheffs@kenyaweb.com

You will receive complete details from Anthony including instructions on payment and advice from me on what to bring from a painting point of view.

"I look forward to welcoming you to this unique corner of paradise"


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