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"My Next Safari - with You" from 25 February - 6 March 2014

An Artist's Workshop-On-Safari In Tanzania


Nine days Safari Experience:

Safari comfort in the traditional Hemingway style, under canvas in a bush camp in the Rift Valley and by a game park rich in wildlife, a comfortable homestead near Kilimanjaro and a rural small town hotel near the Ngorongoro Crater - spend a few more days in Zanzibar with a Safari Extension, sketching, painting and photographing. Yes, all facets and faces of Africa with a capital 'A' for Artists.

Bookings open 25 August 2013 - Bookings close 25 October 2013

This Safari is dedicated to artists wishing to sketch, paint and photograph Africa accompanied by an artist and guide raised in Tanzania and familiar with the local territory and language.

Don't miss out on this great opportunity.  Book Now!

For nine days I will take you to meet people and wildlife of every kind along the way in my home country. We are welcome in the workplace, manyatta, boma, school, market stalls and other places of interest to artists. We may visit an old settlers homestead, a Hindu temple, a small colonial town, a Maasai cattle market, a Greek Church, a local disco or an old Coffee Estate. We will be in the wilderness; in craters, gorges, plains, savannah and game parks where you will see all the big game and birdlife, and elephants at close quarters. Nine amazing days and nights.

"Your Own Painting Safari"... arrange a group, choose your dates:

Would you like to bring your own group of 9 - 12 people? Choose a date and tour length that suits you, an itinerary similar to "My Next Safari" can be arranged. You, as Workshop-on-Safari group organiser, will get a 20% discount on the safari rates when you bring a minimum of 8 people.
Please contact Idalina or BJ for possible dates & rates.

About Us


BJ Boulter Your guide 'along the way', BJ Boulter was brought up in remote areas of Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. Sometime artist, set designer, film producer and production troubleshooter in East Africa for over 27 years. Speaking English, Swahili, Portuguese, Dutch and some Spanish.

Idalina Vieitas Arranging flights and bookings is Idalina Vieitas, travel consultant and the travel organiser for Urban Sketchers. Idalina has been my travel guru for 27 years and can be relied upon for every situation within the tourism industry. Part of her nature is to explore different cultures, learning and developing herself along the way, she is always open to travelling and working with new people. Speaking English, Portuguese, French and Spanish.

Tim Corfield Your Safari Outfitter and Organiser from pick-up to check in at Kilimanjaro International Aiport is Tim Corfield, owner of 'On-Safari' - Adventures in Africa. Author of 'The Wilderness Guardian", naturalist and dedicated conservationist. Tim was born in Kenya, he has been involved with wildlife and adventuring from early childhood.

The Community...and how you are going to share in its wellbeing.


Tim Corfield Tim Corfield's company On-Safari invests more than 10% of gross revenues back into the community in a first step toward joint ventures to give them ownership of wildlife based assets which will benefit them for generations to come through profit driven enterprise. It has started a non-profit company ALAKRA focusing on educating children at secondary school level in skills such as carpentry, accounting, mechanics etc.; skills that will help them maintain community life. In Tim's own words "There is self interest here too. We have put communities at the heart of our business because this is so good for the safari experience. We work in wonderful wild places where we are free to go where we want, to walk at will, to stay out till darkness ushers in a new world, dine under starlit skies, and generally revel in the sights, the sounds, and the intoxicating openness of vast wildernesses. And we share all this with an elegant and cultured people, the Maasai."

Whilst in the Parks and the Rift Valley you are contributing $25 a day to Wildlife Conservation. Wildlife in Africa is in a crisis, especially elephant, and while simple enjoyment of your safari is paramount it is always nice to know that you are contributing to a world that you enjoy. And there is no better way of doing this than through rural communities. Around the camp fire we will have lots of time to share our thoughts about this.

Sharing the Idea


BJ Boulter Wilderness Painting Safari was born of a desire to paint on safari. As a lone woman, how to do so safely and enjoyably? From knowledge gained by my long and on-going professional experience organising group travel for film crews in East Africa and working with the best travel agent and safari outfitters, the first was initiated in 1997, now I am able to indulge myself and share my passion with other artists. This is a personally planned journey, not tutored, and aimed at making it possible to sketch and paint in the towns, villages and wilderness of Tanzania in the very best company, artists from all over the world. Travelling in my favourite country sharing a few days of adventure, discussion, art, laughter and amazement at the Africa experience.

Itinerary - for Feb 2014 An artist's  Workshop-on-Safari  in Tanzania

2 Extension options available to this safari: to Ngorongoro Crater and to Zanzibar - see below
Day 1 Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport and be met by me, transfer to Rivertrees.
Day 2 Usa River: Breakfast and explore Usa River area, local markets and villages - where we can take a canoe trip in the Duluti Crater or visit a coffee estate. Dinner and Overnight at Rivertrees.
Day 3 Arusha: Morning drive from Usa to Arusha. Sketch Arusha town, it is the capital of Northern Tanzania, home to the International Tribunal on Rwanda. Sketch street life and central markets where the murals and street art is extraordinary, the bus station is fascinating and we try to visit a Maasai market and catch our first glimpse of this remarkable people in their businesslike bartering mode. Dinner and Overnight at Arusha Hotel.
Day 4 Tarangire National Park: Today we will depart to Tarangire National Park, on the way we may stop at a Maasai village or interesting site. On to the park, and after a short game drive to camp for a late lunch and to settle under canvas and absorb life in the wilderness. Dinner and Overnight at Leopard Rock Camp.
Day 5 Leopard Rock Camp: Big Game Day. We will have a full day at leisure exploring the swamp and the river where large herds of elephant abound. The landscape is the Tarangire River overlooked by the famed baobab trees and abundant with wildlife and birds of prey. Lunch, dinner and overnight at Leopard Rock Camp.
Day 6 Karatu: After an early breakfast we will depart to Mto wa Mbo, visit the village market and have a superb village lunch, then on up to the little town of Karatu in the Ngorongoro highlands. This acts as the service town to the Ngorongoro Crater and full of life with markets and traders of every kind. Dinner and overnight at a local hotel the Eileen Trees Inn, a chance for another dip in a swimming pool.
Day 7 Rift Valley Camp: The morning exploring the local town of Karatu and surroundings. In the afternoon we drive to Rift Valley Camp which lies at the foot of the Rift Valley escarpment. Dinner and overnight at Rift Valley Camp.
Day 8 Engaruka Ruins & the Maasai: Morning visit to the Engaruka Ruins, the historic remains of the settlement that thrived between 15th and 18th centuries - probably the Iraqw people who now still live around Karatu and were expelled by the Maasai. The site was fortified during the 1st War and remnants of gun emplacements still remain. In the afternoon we will call on the Age-Set chief in his manyatta on the plain at rift wall edge. This is the traditional manyatta with a brushwood stockade and huts of mud, wattle and cowdung. Lunch, dinner and overnight at Rift Valley Camp.
Day 9 Volcanoes in the Rift: We will take a drive northward toward Ol Donyo Lengai, passing Kerimasi mountain and enormous volcanic sink holes before stopping in a shaded river bed for a picnic lunch, The scenery here is utterly spectacular with the vertical cliffs of the rift wall on one side and the volcanoes Oldonyo Lengai, Kitumbeine and Gelai towering over soft contoured plains that roll across the valley floor below. These plains are home to migrant bands of wildebeest, zebra and antelope, sharing the space with Maasai cattle. Picnic lunch, Dinner and overnight at Rift Valley Camp.
Day 10 African Heritage: After breakfast we will take a morning drive to Arusha and a chance to shop and lunch at the Heritage Center, then drive to KIA lodge for shower in our day rooms and after early sundowners and supper you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.
Click on the image to see the map of our journey.



Standard price per person sharing either twin or double bed accommodation (€2,999 | $3,875) not including international flights, visa and airport taxes, health and travel insurance. For items included see list below.
Single supplement on request.

Note: Price as of July 10 2013 - to be confirmed at time of booking, exchange rates and other changes beyond our control are possible.

Note: This safari must have a guaranteed minimum of 8 persons to be confirmed, we accept a maximum of 12 persons. A separate safari at another date before or after can be arranged for further interested groups depending on camp and flight availablity.



Choice 1

Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater extension. Min 2 persons (€690 | $890 each). Price includes entry fees and picnic lunch in Crater, half-board overnight at Sopa Lodge on the crater rim.
Day 10 Connect with driver at Manyara, drive to Ngorongoro, view the Crater and descend, explore the Crater, drive up to Sopa Lodge on the escarpment surrounding the Crater, overnight.
Day 11 After lunch depart for Arusha and then to KIA lodge, for shower in your day rooms. After early sundowners and supper you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Choice 2


Zanzibar Extension: p.p Sharing (€1,185 | $1,525) Price excludes drinks, stone town tour, dining out, tips. Price includes flights, taxi transfer to lodge, full board at lodge, taxi lodge to stone town return, taxi to airport for transfer to Dar es Salaam at end. Your flight time may require a day-room in Dar es Salaam to relax before you catch your flight home.
Day 10 Drive with the full party to Arusha. 12:00 Depart for Zanzibar. Arrive Zanzibar, Transfer to Matemwe Lodge, which is by the sea on the north east coast of Unguja (the name of Zanzibar island).
Day 11 Total chill-out on the beach. Fishermen scud by in outrigger boats, women collect shells and seaweed. Kids play ball on the beach, tourists take photos, you float in the shallow azure water and maybe you sketch, occasionally.
Day 12 Taxi transfer to Stone Town, the old part of Zanzibar town. Sketchers heaven. Return to Matemwe for sunset and supper.
Day 13 Chill out on the beach, Wind down from your exciting trip, laze around and pack for afternoon transfer and departure at 17:45h to Dar es Salaam in time to connect to evening flight home.
Zanzibar Palms

Booking - To start booking procedure   >> click here

Idalina Vieitas Your agent for flight and safari bookings and your travel adviser, Travel Consultant/Consultora de Viagens at ALIVE TRAVEL

mobile: (+351) 964954879
mobile: (+351) 910045869
landline: (+351) 282 048 401
BJ Boulter Your host and guide for safari questions or other enquiries about this exciting, absorbing and inspiring Artist's Workshop on Safari.

mobile: (+351) 962 514 148

Included in the price

  • All accommodation, meals where mentioned in the itinerary at our accommodation, and all drinks when in camp.
  • All park and village fees that are on the itinerary.
  • Transfers to nearest International Airport
  • Medivac Flying Doctors Membership for evacuation to nearest hospital
  • Transport by road to lodge, camp and painting locations with driver/guide
  • Safari guide with 25 years group management experience in East Africa.

Not included in the price

  • International Flights.
  • Visas, airport taxes, excess baggage, overseas departure / arrival taxes.
  • Alcoholic beverages in Lodges or Hotels.
  • Meals and beverages at restaurants or bars en-route.
  • Personal Insurance for health, accident, travel, loss or damage.
  • Gratuities directly to drivers, staff and other general or personal assistance rendered.
  • Posed photos of individuals requested by the traveller.
  • Charges for internet, fax and phone use in hotels and lodges.


Should an organiser arrange another 8 - 11 (total 12) people to travel together as a group, different dates and tour length can be arranged for the itinerary of your choice. The organiser will have a 20% discount on the safari rates.
Please contact Idalina or BJ for possible dates & rates.

Air Travel

Flights must be booked through ALIVE TRAVEL, this enables us to coordinate all arrivals for the start of the Safari. We advise travel to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), Tanzania with KLM or Turkish Airlines (direct to Kilimanjaro and Dar es Salaam daily) If taking an extension to Zanzibar, which is a short local flight from Dar es Salaam the return flight can be from Dar es Salaam International Airport via Amsterdam. British Airways, Air France, Lufthansa or other airlines fly via Nairobi and Kenya Airways can bring you to JRO. Idalina is happy to advise and she will book your flights.

Safari Security

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.


Travellers are advised to have their own Travel Insurance and Medical Health Insurance.


The mobile phone network coverage is excellent, standard European/US roaming charges apply. Calls, faxes, email and network charges made by guests in hotels and lodges are not included.


The Lingua-Franca in Tanzania is English, therefore communication will be primarily in English language. Drivers speak English, Swahili and even other dialects and languages. Your host BJ speaks English, Swahili, Portuguese, Dutch and Spanish.


Arusha Hotel:
Eileen Trees Inn:
Sopa Lodge NgNg:
Zanzibar Matemwe:
Engaruka Archeological Info:
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