There are so many South African art workshops and holidays to choose from that you will have to come back time and again to paint a complete picture, from wildlife to still life, from beaches to mountains. Draw, paint or sketch your way across the landscape.

Did you know?

There are over 20 000 individual rock paintings in caves and overhangs in the Drakensberg.

From art safaris to custom-designed courses, in South Africa you'll find something to satisfy your creative urge.

Artist Dale Elliot (based in Villiersdorp) offers courses on different painting techniques and styles. Dale, a former attorney, gave up the law to follow his dream of being an artist. Thousands of canvases later, he is the expert on South African art holidays in the Cape.

In stylish Plettenberg Bay the five-star Fynbos Ridge Country House offers art and photography courses for beginners and experts. It also has acting workshops and cooking courses, all set amid beautiful mountain landscapes. If you are concerned about the environment, Fynbos Ridge has also been certified carbon-neutral.

Moving up the coast into the interior in the Drakensberg there are many artists and photographers who offer expert advice on any number of creative pursuits. The Cavern Resort offers an excellent photographic course to sharpen your wildlife photographic skills as well as teaching you about shooting at night, or you could sign up for a specialist course such as botanical illustrations.

In Ficksburg, the Malutizicht Lodge combines art with golf, fishing or walking in the mountains, while a Neil Moss art course will take you to the beautiful town of Clarens in the Free State, with its green and gold landscapes.

These are just a few of the many opportunities to enjoy an art holiday in South Africa.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Dale Elliot Art Courses
Tel: +27 (0)28 840 2927

Studio Karoo
Tel: +27 (0)82 932 0041

Fynbos Ridge
Tel: +27 (0)44 532 7862

The Cavern
Tel: +27 (0)83 701 5724

Malutizicht Lodge
Tel: +27 (0)11 678-3240

Neil Moss Art
+27 (0)83 306 1635

Best time to visit

All year round as South Africa's diverse landscapes offer different moods in in different seasons.

Around the area

Art holidays take place around South Africa, often in close proximity to South Africa's beautiful beaches, mountains and bushveld.

What will it cost

Prices vary from approximately R500 per day to R5 000 a day.

Length of stay

There are loads of different courses: from beginners to advanced with durations from 1 day to a month.