Lori McNee

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Day 1:  Stellenbosch 

9 September

Upon arrival, you will personally meet the Tour Director (Taléta). From the airport, you will be taken to Stellenbosch to check-in at your hotel at 2 pm. In the afternoon you will join the welcome meeting at the hotel lobby with your fellow travelers, Lori and your Tour Director (Taléta). You will have your course orientation around the dinner table. Greet the traditional, special and delicious South African cuisine tonight on a group dinner at Blaauwklippen. 

 

 • Hotel: Check-in 2 pm Blaauwklippen 5*

 • Meals Included: Dinner

 • Key Highlights: Having a traditional Braai at Blaauwklippen

 

Day 2: Buffelsdrift

10 September

Wake up to the beautiful Blaauwklippen and enjoy the breath-taking view of the early morning with breakfast in the garden.
After having breakfast we will journey Buffelsdrift Private Game Lodge where you will spend the rest of the day, you will have the amazing opportunity to brush and feed the Elephants on the reserve. Our 3 African Elephants are orphans from the Kruger National Park. Their parents were poached. They would not survive on their own and were kept alive and we are fortunate that they ended up here at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge as they are truly gentle giants and have great personalities. Elephants are very affectionate and caring animals. You will immediately experience this when visiting ours. You are welcome to ask our elephant guides as many questions as you like. We will take our painting equipment to experience painting on location.
 

 • Hotel: Buffeldrift 4*

 • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

 • Key Highlights: 

 

Day 3: Buffelsdrift

11 September

Painting Day with special morning sketching excursion. 
We will venture out on a short safari in the morning to see the many meerkats in the area. We will take sketchbooks in case there is a  possibility to sketch them from life! 

On sunny mornings our meerkats wake up on time, but conditions such as rain and cold overcast mornings can delay the meerkats to emerge from their burrows for the morning. Meerkats prefer clear sunny mornings.  Thus, in the event of the above-mentioned weather conditions, there is a possibility that we will not see the meerkats or that the meerkat safari can be canceled and we will go on a normal safari instead. we will visit the Cango Caves 29km from Oudtshoorn, at the head of the picturesque Cango Valley, lies the spectacular underground wonder of the Klein Karoo. Situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well known Swartberg Mountains, you will find the finest dripstone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations. If you are pregnant or suffer from claustrophobia, high blood pressure, asthma or any muscular ailments, this tour is NOT suitable for you. Please let us know there will be plenty for you to do instead.

 • Hotel: Blaauwklippen 5*

 • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 • Key Highlights: Meerkat safari, cave experience

 

Day 4: Botlierskop

12 September

With the magnificent Outeniqua Mountains as a backdrop and sweeping views out over the glistening Indian Ocean below, lies Botlierskop Private Game Reserve. Just 4 hours drive from Stellenbosch, on South Africa’s scenic Garden Route.

Come and share the bounty and breathtaking beauty this 4,200-hectare reserve has to offer. Botlierskop Game Reserve will ensure you enjoy a uniquely South African Safari Experience, with luxury accommodation. This gracious family-owned and privately-operated game reserve is malaria-free and home to four of the Big 5 (lion, elephant, buffalo and

rhino) as well as a host of antelope, including rare black impala, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, hippo and more.

Spend a memorable day – with a range of activities from safari game drives, horseback safaris, pampering spa therapies, restaurant options spacious decks and swimming pools, there truly is something for everyone.

All this and a very warm welcome awaits you!

The activities on this day will be for your own expense.

 

 • Hotel: Check-in 2 pm Botlierskop private game reserve 5*

 • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 • Key Highlights: Relaxing free time at Blotlierskop.  

 

Day 5: Botlierskop

13 September

Wake up to the Moordkuil River meandering lazily past, your luxury tent blending seamlessly into their leafy, riverine and mountainous surroundings, offering splendid views out over the river and the mountains beyond. Today you will be going on your very first game drive at 6 pm. You will also have a practical painting session on location before lunch and continuation of painting in the afternoon.

 

 • Hotel: Botlierskop 5*

 • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 • Key Highlights: Game Drive

 

Day 6: Botlierskop

14 September

 

Today you have the option to choose a Game Drive ( 3 h) or a Horseback Safari (1 or 2 h) at 6 am. Exploring the diverse, fynbos-covered landscapes of the Botlierskop reserve on 4x4 Guided Game drive or horseback is a unique, South African experience. 

Knowing that the horses themselves are truly South African and have developed from a long history in the Cape, makes the experience even more authentic. The beautiful Cape Horse was hardy and could survive on meager rations. It was a comfortable ride and had endurance, spirit, and heart still evident in its decedents today. As with all aspects of Botlierskop, perfection is strived for and their horses are no different. Botlierskop breeds their horses in the wild on the reserve and they are handpicked for performance and character. The horses are meticulously trained to be responsive and prepared for cross country trail riding. They are used not only for guest rides but also for working farm horses.

Taking part in a horse-back safari at Botlierskop allows you the incredible opportunity to explore usually-inaccessible game trails through hidden valleys, dense bush and canopied woods and get up close to the wildlife on the reserve. Knowing your surefooted steed is traversing the landscape of its ancestors- survivors of great expeditions, wars, and immense hardships- makes for a poignant, once-in-a-lifetime experience. You will have the opportunity to practice Plein Air painting with Lori from 9:00-12:00 on location

 

 • Hotel: Botlierskop 5*

 • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 • Key Highlights: Game Drive (includes snacks and drinks) or Horseback Safari ( only experienced riders)

 

 

Day 7: Stellenbosch

15 September

Today after having your last optional game drive at 6 am and after having breakfast we will journey back to Stellenbosch.  This is a beautiful scenic route and we might stop to have a quick painting/ drawing along the road.

 

 • Hotel: Blaauwklippen 5*

 • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 • Key Highlights: Scenic drive and very special dinner.

 

 

Day 8: Stellenbosch

16 September

Wake up to the beautiful Blaauwklippen and enjoy the breathtaking view of the early morning Stellenbosch mountain. You will first get the opportunity to paint the vineyards. Spring is on our doorstep and the fynbos and flowers are in full bloom. After having lunch at the Tokara deli we will head to a private garden overlooking the Winelands to paint one of the most-beautiful views of our area at sunset.

You will have a demonstration and practical session with Lori and another practical painting session in the late afternoon.

 

 • Hotel: Blaauwklippen 5*

 • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 • Key Highlights:  Sunset Painting, wine tasting.

 

 

 

Day 9: Stellenbosch

17 September

Wake up to the beautiful Blaauwklippen for a final day of painting and relaxing. Today will be your last free day to paint on the estate alongside Lori. You will also have enough time for the completion and critique of work achieved during the course.

 

 • Hotel: Blaauwklippen 5*

 • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 • Key Highlights:   Painting with Lori.Dinner

 

 

 

Day 10: Stellenbosch.

18 September

Today will be our last full day to paint or have some relaxing free time to spend in Stellenbosch.  You will be offered the opportunity to climb the mountain for a special painting excursion.  (This is optional)   In the late afternoon, Lori spends time with each student alone answering any final questions and giving critiques and advice individualised for each artist.

You will also have enough time for the completion of your work achieved during the course and also of images of studio work you might want advice on. 

• Hotel: Blaauwklippen 5*

 • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 • Key Highlights: Farewell Dinner

Day 11:

Our marvellous adventure comes to an end after breakfast. Make sure to bid farewell to newfound friends and exchange numbers before checking-out of the hotel (at 11:00). Complimentary airport transfers are available, have a safe and smooth journey!

 • Meals: Breakfast

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