Michelle Dunaway Profile

Michelle Dunaway













Day 1: Stellenbosch

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.  In the afternoon you will join the welcome meeting in the hotel lobby with your fellow travellers, Michelle 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 at our first group dinner. 


 • Hotel: Check-in 2 pm River Manor Boutique Hotel

 • Meals Included: Dinner

 • Key Highlights: Having a traditional Braai.


Day 2: Stellenbosch


Michelle will be painting a model in the vineyards today! 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  practical session in a private garden with Michelle in the late afternoon.

 • Hotel: River Manor Boutique Hotel

 • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

 • Key Highlights:  Painting Demonstration and wine tasting

Day 3:Stellenbosch

This is our last painting day in the Winelands. and enjoy the breath-taking 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 with a model. 

Painting Day with a special morning sketching excursion. 

• Hotel: River Manor Boutique Hotel
• Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
• Key Highlights: Private Garden “Painting a model in nature”

Day 4: Botlierskop Private Game Reserve

With the magnificent Outeniqua Mountains as a backdrop and sweeping views out over the glistening Indian Ocean below, lies Botlierskop Private Game Reserve. Just a 4-hour 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 at your own expense except for the safari that is included in the price.

 • Hotel:  Botlierskop  5*

 • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 • Key Highlights: Relaxing free time at Blotlierskop.  

Day 5: Botlierskop Private Game Reserve

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 a continuation of painting in the afternoon.

 • Hotel: Botlierskop 5*

 • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 • Key Highlights: Game Drive


Day 6: Botlierskop Private Game Reserve

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. 
You will have the opportunity to practice Plein Air painting with Michelle from 9 to 10 am and paint on your own in the afternoon or go on another excursion or relax.

Michelle will offer critiques if you wish of work you have done on your own on the last day of the workshop  


 • Hotel: Botlierskop 5*
• Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

 • Key Highlights: Game Drive (includes snacks and drinks) or Horseback Safari ( only experienced riders) Painting the landscape, Marimba drum players.

Day 7: Buffelsdrift Private Game Reserver

After having breakfast and after having your last optional game drive at 6 am we will journey to 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: Feeding Elephants



Day 8: Buffelsdrift Private Game Reservere

Painting Day with a 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 cancelled 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, which 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: Buffeldrift 4*

 • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 • Key Highlights: Game Drive Cango Cave visit.


Day 9: Stellenbosch

Today 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: Lanzerac 5*

 • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 • Key Highlights:   Painting. Dinner


Day 10: Stellenbosch

Today will be our last full day to paint a model on the estate alongside Michelle. You will also have enough time for the completion and a private critique with Michelle of your work achieved during the course and also of images of studio work you might want advice on. Michelle will paint alongside the class in the morning. The class will continue painting on the grounds in the afternoon while Michelle spends time with each student alone answering any final questions and giving critiques and advice individualised for each artist

• Hotel: Lanzerac 5*
• Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
• Key Highlights: Painting a model on the estate with Michelle.  Personalised critique and portfolio   

   review with Michelle, " Very Special Farewell Dinner"  

Day 11: Stellenbosch

Our wonderful 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 Included: Breakfast





As the organizer of the workshop and an enthusiastic working artist who loves living in South Africa, I look forward to introducing you to my beautiful country.  I am constantly inspired by and guiding you on adventures that will bring you inspiration for years to come! ~ Taléta 


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