NatureArt Lab offers participants the opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people and immerse themselves in art inspired by nature. Select a series of courses to suit your interests, and consider developing your foundation skills through a better understanding of colour theory, drawing skills or use of water-based mediums such as watercolour or gouache. Our team of experienced tutors will support your creative learning journey with expert instruction and guidance in a fully equipped art-science space.
NatureArt in Borneo: Artists and Naturalists 9 - 20 April 2019
This exclusive, specially designed tour by NatureArt Lab and Adventure Alternative Borneo (AAB) from 9 - 20 April 2019 is for nature artists and naturalists to visit Sabah in Malaysian Borneo.
Internationally renowned for its animal and plant attractions, Sabah is justifiably famous for its Orang-utans, Proboscis Monkeys, Pygmy Elephants and dozens of other mammal species; amazing birdlife including 10 species of giant hornbill, nine species of pitta (truly the jewels of the rainforest) and the amazing Bristlehead. Sabah’s unique vegetation features pitcher plants, giant Rafflesia flowers and sprays of ferns and colourful orchids sprouting from towering rainforest trees. Insect life is prolific and includes the spectacular Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing among hundreds of other butterfly species; the giant Moon Moth and thousands of fascinating beetles, praying mantids and katydids.
Our tour will focus on four of Sabah’s best wildlife-viewing areas (see itinerary). We will take you to the World Heritage Site of spectacular Mount Kinabalu, the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Sun Bear Conservation Centre and Rainforest Discovery Centre, plus the mighty Kinabatangan River to see orangutan and proboscis monkeys in the wild, and the Ramsar Wetlands Reserves at Tabin - an unspoilt wildlife destination with an astonishing diversity of plant and animal species. Whether it’s botany, entomology, birds or mammals this tour will provide a spectacular program for art inspired by nature. You will be accompanied by Borneo expert and Lonely Planet Field Guide author David Andrew, as well as a knowledgeable local guide.
All skill levels are catered for with artists having opportunities for sketching and art workshops throughout the tour, with support and mentoring from professional artist Lesley Wallington. Partners and accompanying friends will be equally catered for throughout the trip, with plenty of time for relaxation, walks and other activities.
Sabah has excellent infrastructure and accommodation, and is well set up to cater for wildlife tourism. English is widely spoken, the food is excellent and the wildlife superlative. Accommodation will be in comfortable lodges, transport in air-conditioned vehicles between destinations and in four-wheel drives where necessary; and on safe river craft at certain points.
Participants will also have the opportunity to provide a local community contribution during the visit program - details to be confirmed.
The tour price ~$5,400.00 AUD includes all land content with meals, quality accommodation, all in-country transport including boat trips, four-wheel drive adventures, art workshops and professional guides. Final price may vary slightly depending on the number of participants. A maximum of 13 places are available.
Contact Jamison Travel, our nominated travel agent, for best available return flights. Prices may be between ~ $1,052.00 - $1206.00 depending on airlines.
Experience the wildlife and art trip of a lifetime!
Deposit $1,400.00 payable by 31 January 2018
Balance $4,000.00 payable by 28 February 2019
Early bird rate available. Save $400.00 for bookings received by 31 January 2019. Additional discounts for groups of three people - enquire now.
Limited single supplements available by application only - through firstname.lastname@example.org
Full details including terms and conditions are available separately.
Insurance is required by all participants.
NatureArt Lab will host an information session for participants prior to departure.
Image: Black and Yellow Broadbill, Borneo, artwork by Peter Marsack