Writing safari offers creative renewal & mentoring
The last two years of lockdown has inspired an international collaboration of creative minds to produce a get-away adventure with a difference.
All About Writing’s week-long Writing Safari, starting on 9 June, is designed to deliver on two needs which have been in short supply – the need for freedom, and the need to explore the creative self.
Tucked away in a remote corner of Hwange National Park, in northern Zimbabwe, the safari offers the company of the Big Five – and the personal attention of internationally best-selling Australian author, Tony Park, and All About Writing’s Dr Jo-Anne Richards, acclaimed novelist, with a PhD in Creative Writing.
‘People are desperate for creative inspiration, after the staleness of lockdown,’ says Dr Richards. ‘We’ve tried to offer a bit of everything: bush, game, like-minded companionship, advice and inspiration – not to mention great food and wine.’
After two nights at the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, participants will be cosseted in Nantwich Lodge, with all their needs taken care of. Set on a commanding hill, Nantwich’s nine suites each offer uninterrupted views of Hwange’s wilderness. Meals, with drinks included, are served on the long, shady veranda of the main building, a renovated retreat from a bygone era overlooking the water hole.
A game drive per day is included, to stimulate the imagination.
The advantage of any retreat is that participants are whisked out of their ordinary lives, where everyone is clamouring for their attention. It offers the quiet and serenity to concentrate on the creative self.
But the best retreats offer some tricks of the trade, alongside personal attention on participants and their work.
The Writing Safari was devised to deliver on both these needs. Participants will have the attention of two highly experienced writers and mentors, who can offer knowledgeable advice on what works and what can make your writing better.
Tony Park, who has published 19 novels and does much of his own writing here, says: ‘Nantwich Lodge is the perfect place for writers and aspiring authors to get away from it all, and find peace and inspiration.
‘I’m looking forward to sharing our secret safari location and working with All About Writing and all the participants on our writers’ retreat.
‘For writers and their partners, who are welcome, Nantwich offers a fantastic safari experience for first-timers to Africa, while die-hard bush lovers won’t fail to appreciate the solitude, far away from other lodges and tourists.’
Nantwich Lodge is an intimate hideaway lodge situated in the northwest corner of the Hwange National Park, one of Zimbabwe’s top safari game parks. It is the closest lodge in the park to the Victoria Falls.
The intimate eco-lodge overlooks a large dam with resident crocodile and hippo, and boasts one of the best views in the park. It’s perfect for safari lovers wanting to get off-the-beaten-track to discover the natural wilderness and prolific wildlife of the Northern Hwange National Park known for the highest density of lions in the park.
Built from the foundations of an old Zimparks outpost, and using as many eco principles as possible, the refurbished lodge embodies the essence of conservation and responsible tourism by re-purposing, preserving and celebrating the natural heritage of the site.
In addition, the area around Nantwich is famed for its huge herds of 1,000 or more buffalo and a growing local population of cheetah. Hwange National Park is also home to one of the largest populations of elephants in the world.
‘This retreat offers the best of both worlds,’ says Dr Richards, ‘guidance, and time out of time to concentrate on yourself. We’re offering you the chance to think, to write, and to look up from your writing to watch the impala frolic.
‘This is not a luxury. Each of us has been starved of the time and space to focus on ourselves. We all need the time to tend to our creative health, if we are to be balanced and healthy human beings.’
• All About Writing is a British-South African partnership offering expert writing guidance and retreats around the world.
Dates: 9 to 16 June 2022
Cost: From US$3150
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org / 082 607 2464
Further information: https://allaboutwritingcourses.com/writing_safari-2/