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Michelle Dunaway & Jeremy Lipking

Exploring The Masai Mara In Kenya
Painting Experience Of A Lifetime
April 2024

A field at sunset with silhouettes of trees, elephants, and a hot air balloon in Masai Mar

Date: April  01, 2024

Location: Kenya

Price: $16,000 per person

Prepare to embark on a luxurious 10-day Painting Safari to one of Kenya's award-winning Lodges in the Masai Mara National Park in Kenya with Michelle Dunaway and Jeremy Lipking, world-renowned artists, to be your mentors and guides. This fantastic, all-inclusive retreat has been created explicitly for artists looking to improve their skills and experience one of the world's most celebrated wildlife areas. The daily itinerary consists of game drives, painting models or beautiful landscapes, and gathering inspiration for further studio work.

The Masai Mara National Reserve is one of Africa's most famous safari destinations, and for a good reason. It is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including the famous Big Five (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, and rhino) and many other species, such as cheetahs, hyenas, giraffes, zebras, and wildebeest.
While the Masai Mara can be visited any time of year, April is arguably the best time to go. Green season means fewer tourists, creating a more intimate and authentic wildlife experience. You can enjoy game drives without the crowds and take your time observing the animals without feeling rushed.
The landscape is transformed into a lush, green paradise, providing a stunning wildlife photography backdrop. You can be guaranteed to get dramatic sunsets and beautiful afternoon light for photography. Most photographers prefer April not only for the dramatic skies and lighting but also for the abundance of baby animals and the activity of the big cats in reserve. The lionesses will finally bring their cubs out of hiding and hunt for them.
April is also the birthing season for many animals in the Masai Mara, such as the wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles, making it a great time to witness the miracle of life in the wild, as you may be lucky enough to see baby animals taking their first steps.
April is also a great time to experience the cultural traditions of the Masai people. Many of their festivals and ceremonies take place this month, providing a unique opportunity to learn about their way of life and connect with the local community.
Finally, April is a good time for bird watching in the Masai Mara. Many migratory birds come to the reserve during this time of year, meaning there are plenty of opportunities to see various species.
In conclusion, April is the best time to visit the Masai Mara National Reserve because it offers a unique and unforgettable experience. From the stunning landscape to the diverse wildlife, and the rich cultural traditions of the Masai people, there is something for everyone to enjoy. So why not join our exceptional group and see why the Masai Mara is such a special place?

Includes: luxury accommodations, 10-day workshop instruction +model fees,  all  meals, all activities mentioned in the itinerary and private ground transportation (including to and from the airport)

Non-painting partners and photographer friends are most welcome to join there will be plenty for you!

Limited places are available.


Image by Wolfgang Hasselmann


5 Star Accommodation

Governors camps

Regularly voted among the best hotels and safari lodges, not just in Africa, but around the world.

The first and original permanent luxury

tented camp in Africa.

Unfenced and in the heart of the action.

Located along the Mara River in an area of

abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery.

 Governors’ Camp nestles in the riverine forest that hugs the winding banks of the Mara River, its waters teeming with bird life, hippos and crocodiles, in the heart of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. Deliberately unfenced to create no barrier between the camp and this prime wildlife location, guests enjoy intimate and thrilling animal experiences even from the comfort of their tents!

Half the tents look out over the rolling golden grasslands of Africa’s great plains, with views of herds of elephant, zebra and giraffe; the rest line the banks of the Mara River.