Did you know?
There are over 20 000 individual rock paintings in caves and overhangs
in the Drakensberg between the Royal Natal National Park and Bushman's
The art world is notoriously fickle, but fortunately in the middle of the desert there is no art world, only the art. The mesmerising Karoo is the ideal place to lose yourself in paint. Studio Karoo offers 1 or 3-day courses to would-be artists of all levels combined with stargazing, game drives and desert picnics.
Alternatively you can head for the world-famous Garden Route along South Africa's southern coastline to discover a range of artistic opportunities. Artist Dale Elliot offers courses on different painting techniques and styles. Dale, a former attorney, gave up the law to follow his dream of being an artist. Twenty five years- 200 different courses- and thousands of canvases later, he is the expert on South African art holidays in the Cape. From art safaris to custom designed courses - you'll find something to satisfy your creative urge.
In stylish Plettenberg Bay the 5-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 higher up into 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.
You can also focus on your photography with Wild Eye, a company that offers courses, workshops and photographic expeditions that provide you with amazing photographic opportunities, as well as a relaxed and inspiring environment at Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa's North West Province.
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
Tel: +27 (0)82 932 0041
Tel: +27 (0)44 532 7862
Tel: +27 (0)83 701 5724
Tel: +27 (0)11 678-3240
Neil Moss Art
+27 (0)83 306 1635
Wild Eye Photography