African Landscape Painting Treasure Trove

Our African landscape painting collection portrays the beauty of our African natural scenery, much of which is pristine.

Africa boasts several stunning landscapes consisting of the ubiquitous savannas, mountains, trees and forests...

The Great Rift Valley, less famous valleys, lakes, rivers, water falls, trees, lakes and rivers, waterfalls, seas and oceans, and deserts. 

These offer the perfect foreground for dramatic sunrises and sunsets, clear deep blue sky plus, starry nights.

Here are some of the artworks depicted in this category:

African Savannas

Africa's savannas are typified by rolling grasslands and small, mature trees (we call them shrubs) whose defining characteristic is that they do not form a closed canopy.

And because there are few obstructions, the sun rays—which are at their hottest around here the equator—can reach the ground, precipitating the natural and cultural wonders we describe here.

Majestic Mountains

Mountains, particularly the ice-capped, dome-shaped Mount Kilimanjaro, are a clear artists' favorite.

Kili, as it is fondly referred to, rises to a majestic height of 4,900 meters (16,100 ft) from its plateau base but to an even more impressive 5,895 metres (19,341 ft) above sea level.

It's claim to fame?

It is the tallest, single freestanding mountain in the entire world!

Majestic mountain painting masterpieces with the Kilimanjaro backdrop are bestsellers.

Justifiably so.

Yet, as breathtaking as these colossuses are, for ecological reasons, mountains never stand alone. 

Streams flow from the glacier tops to feed the thirsty plains at the the mountain bases.

A priceless bonus is the iconic vegetation and other African wildlife that inhabit these plains...

This African landscape painting depicts a zebra herd grazing at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. Other landscapes that are featured are trees, savanna, and a cloudy sky on the horizon.

Some of the other mountains on the continent that have fascinated African artists are:

  • Mount Kenya and its jagged, snow-dusted peaks: Batian, Nelion and Lenana
  • Mount Meru
  • Mount Elgon
  • Mount Rwenzori
  • The Aberdares Mountain range
  • The Atlas Mountains of North Africa
  • Loma Mountain
  • Thabana Ntlenyana
  • Mount Semien, and
  • Mount Karisimbi.

African Tree Paintings

What would Africa be without its iconic tree and other flora species?

Granted, they don't boast striped, spotted or patterned coats. No manes. No feathers. No scales.

Where the lions roar, these merely rustle—and even then only their fallen dry leaves.

Where elephants amble across the savanna, causing the ground to tremble in response, the trees' best act is to sway in the wind.

Yet the trees frequently outlive the African animals several times over.

And they play an indispensable role: the wild flowers' sweet scent act as the wilderness' perfume. The foliage adds to the aesthetics.

But the trees also provide food to the herbivores... 

Giraffes browse the top of acacias for succulent leaves...

While elephant strip the the barks of acacias with their giant tusks before gratifying themselves.

The trees also provide the site for tree-climbing carnivores such as leopards to surveil and spot their prey before descending to pounce on their hapless prey with military precision. 

So, if you'd love an African landscape painting that depicts the continent's iconic tree species, you'll likely love our handpicked collection.

Whether it is a centuries-old instantly recognisable baobab tree or a fully grown acacia shrub, euphorbia (the African milk tree) or kigelia (also called the sausage tree for its 15 pound, 2 feet, bratwurst-shaped fruits)...

You can be sure an African artist has skilfully illustrated or photographed it.

Seascapes

Africa, the world's second-largest continent, is surrounded by a giant blue salty water mass consisting of the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. 

So there is really no shortage of sea and ocean-based inspiration for any Africa landscape painting.

Or for paintings of the endangered green sea turtle, palm trees, and radiant coral reef polyps that cement Africa's position as a marine biodiversity hotspot.

Desertscapes

African deserts paintings feature sand dunes, and camels that can withstand this inhospitable habitat's searing temperatures.

The Magic Of The African Sky

Vistas of florid orange sunrises, spectacular sunsets, the blazing sun in the clear blue sky, and...

The starry night sky with quarter moon are such commonplace here...

We Africans take them for granted. 

But, memorialized on canvas, even we gasp! 

Now, imagine the invigorating effect of African sunrise or sunset paintings on you on a gray, wintery day far, far away!

Silhouettes

Silhouettes are not exactly a landscape form.

Obviously.

But landscapes add so much to silhouettes that they are inextricably linked.

Silhouette paintings of African wildlife against the backdrop of the above landscapes are...

Without a shadow of a doubt:), a sight to behold.

Want to get ultra-specific?

Then check out out giraffe, rhino, African elephant, hippo, African buffalo and other African animal silhouette paintings.

While the landscapes and animals are depicted in shades of ostensibly bland black, the subjects are instantly recognisable from the sharp outlines. 

Want A Bit Of Everything In Your African Landscape Painting?

Then check out our curated:

  • beach sunset paintings
  • African tree sunset paintings, and our
  • African elephant sunset paintings.