PAFURI ART RETREAT

The Experience

On Pafuri, humans have been creating art since we first began evolving there 2,5 million years ago. From the making of tools, pottery, cave paintings, primitive musical instruments and clothing from animal skins our ancestors have been honing their creative skill for countless generations. Some say, it is this very thing that makes us human. Every one of us is an artist – it is written in our DNA. The way we dress, the words we choose, the songs we hum under our breath and the thoughts we have are all modern examples of the ancient joy in producing art that is alive within us today.

The intention behind this safari is to re-awaken this. We aim to notice Art in Nature and to let it inspire us, to tap our innate creativity and to practice Art as a way of Being.

On this retreat we forget about the end result and become enamoured with the process. It’s all about sharing and enjoying the creative process together as a tribe of artists (absolutely no ‘traditional art skill’ is required).

ABOUT PAFURI:

The private Pafuri concession – within the world-famous Kruger National Park – lies in a vast, almost inaccessible triangle of wilderness between the Limpopo and Luvuvhu rivers, along South Africa’s north-eastern frontier. Between them, the two great valleys embrace one of Africa’s most spectacular landscapes, with mountains and gorges in the west giving way to plains, pans, baobabs and fever tree forests in the east.

This ancient land, particularly the low-lying floodplains near the confluence at Crooks’ Corner where our camp is located, harbours an abundance of life. It’s a natural choke point for wildlife crossing from north to south and back, and forms a distinct ecological region. Huge herds of elephant, buffalo and other game congregate here, especially when the surrounding bush lies parched before the rains. Predators and scavengers, ranging from the great cats and hyenas to servals, genets, civets, caracals, amongst many others, find shelter here.

The area is also famous for its elephant herds in winter (when we are there), which come to drink from the Luvuvhu river.

The wildlife roams without the hindrance of borders in a trans-frontier park that spans 3 countries. The diversity also brings a profusion of birds, with numerous sightings in what bird lovers regard as South Africa’s most rewarding birding destination.

While comprising only about 1% of the Kruger National Park’s actual area, Pafuri contains plants and animals representing almost 75% of the Parks total diversity.

WHO IS THIS RETREAT AIMED AT?

Those looking to tap their creativity, interact with nature in novel ways and have a little fun. A medium level of fitness is required. Absolutely no level of traditional artistic skill required.

Pafuri Wild Again Wilderness Walking Retreat Lanner Gorge

Retreat Content

21-25 July 2022

– Daily morning and evening guided walks with immersive art workshops interspersed. We often drive to a certain point in the reserve and walk from there.

– In the evenings we often incorporate a game drive and sundowners.

– Nature art workshops using found natural materials for ephemeral explorations of colour, shape and form.

– Expressive mark-making with natural materials and journal binding.

– Fun practices to re-awaken your capacity to see art in nature.

– A visit to ancient San Bushman paintings.

– Sharing our stories around the fire, under the Milky Way.

– Free middays to relax, swim in the river, read, sleep.

Pafuri Wild Again Wilderness Walking Retreat elephant

Investment in Yourself

R 17 495 Total

Rates are per person sharing in Meru style tents, with exquisite attention to detail, and all the necessities for your comfort – crisp linen, an ensuite bathroom, private outdoor bucket shower with water heated to your preference. The experience is as close to nature as you can possibly be, whilst having all creature comforts catered to.

Includes: 2 guided walks per day with two trails guides, game drives, all facilitation, 3 nourishing meals per day, sundowners, all drinks and snacks, and shared accommodation.

Space strictly limited to 7 guests, and pre-booking with a non-refundable 50% deposit to reserve your place.

This Does not Include

Your investment will not include airfare, transport to and from Pafuri, conservation levy or gratuities.

Meet Your Guides

Amy Attenborough Wild Again Profile

Meet Amy

It’s true what they say about a name because being born an Attenborough, Amy doesn’t believe she ever really had much choice about what direction her life would take. After completing her Journalism and Media Studies degree Amy followed her deep love of nature to the bush. She planned to stay for a year, which quickly turned into ten.

During that time, she worked at Phinda Private Game Reserve, Ngala Private Game Reserve and Londolozi Game Reserve, some of South Africa’s most prestigious lodges. She took a particular liking to walking, spending as much time as she could on foot approaching animals with her guests. She has travelled to Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, India, Uganda and throughout South America in search of wildlife. Her greatest adventure was living in Gabon training local guides for the WWF and Smithsonian Institute, where they spent weeks at a time living like early nomads in the dense and remote coastal forests, fulfilling a life-long dream of tracking and habituating wild gorillas.

Nature has always been her biggest teacher. Seeing how embodied and present animals are inspired Amy to begin practising yoga. She is qualified as a vinyasa and yin teacher and spent six months training under a Hatha master in Boulder, Colorado. She is also a certified Martha Beck life coach. With this mixture of passions and skills, Amy leads specialised wellness safaris that incorporate yoga, meditation, mindfulness and personalised life coaching in order to restore body, mind and spirit in the most beautiful wilderness locations on the continent.

Meet Andrea

Andrea grew up spending every holiday bouncing around the back of a Land Rover Defender exploring Southern Africa’s wilderness with her family. She would spend hours collecting bits of grass, feather, bugs and stones – anything that caught her eye as intriguing. These items would be intently inspected through a magnifying glass, illustrated (not very well in her opinion), and accompanied with field notes.

She has always played in the space between science and art, where she values meticulous observation and data, yet finds herself lost in colour, texture and form. It led her to undergo studies in arts and visual communication, where she focused on illustration and print making around themes of human-wildlife conflict and the exploitation of nature.

It then drew Andrea to safari guiding, where she was able to explore, share, teach, be taught, track and immerse herself daily in wildness for ten consecutive years in the Timbavati and Sabi Sands of South Africa followed by conducting guide training in Rajasthan, India. It’s during this time that her and Amy met. They guided together at Londolozi for three years as well as completed their yoga teacher training together, really cementing their bond. Andrea is now completing her master’s in Climate Change and Sustainable Development where her research focus is on equity and sustainability of Nature-based solutions in Southern Africa.

The main thread for Andrea is a love for wilderness and a fascination with the interconnectedness of earth’s ecosystems. She hopes to connect people back to nature through her various fields of work as a private guide, illustrator, designer and researcher.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY BY EMAILING AMY AT

amy@wildagain.africa