The artist – not named because he is 'very nervous' – will be one of 15 people accompanying Charles and Camilla Stephen Bates guardian.co.uk, Thursday 13 October 2011 13.05 EDT Article history Prince Charles will pay the travel costs of the artist when he visits South Africa and Tanzania next month. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will have a retinue of at least 15 for their eight-day tour of South Africa and Tanzania next month, including an official artist, Clarence House has disclosed. The 16,000-mile round trip, which for the prince includes brief stops in Kuwait and Qatar, will be undertaken in a royal-chartered Airbus. The royal couple will meet neither the South African president, Jacob Zuma, nor Nelson Mandela – who at 93 is described as too frail to meet visitors, although he made an exception for Michelle Obama recently. The prince is paying for his wife to travel by scheduled flight to Johannesburg to meet him when he arrives on 2 November. He will also pay the travel costs of the unnamed artist. Clarence House refused to identify the young artist "for his own protection from the media, because he is very nervous", although his identity will presumably become obvious as the visit gets under way. Previous artists on earlier trips have included Neale Worley and James Hart Dyke. Their works were described by a Clarence House spokesman as the prince's legacy contribution to the Royal Collection, alongside the Rembrandts, Vermeers, Van Dycks and Winterhalters. "He has decided his contribution will be paintings by up-and-coming British artists. The latest has already been chosen by the prince's art adviser," the spokesman said. The artist has yet to receive his pre-tour briefing on such matters as how to address the prince. Hart Dyke, one of whose pictures was entitled Gorr Mildred, It's That Royalty Lot after a remark he overheard, told the Guardian in an interview three years ago: "You do see some amazing things … [and then] you get back to Heathrow and the prince goes off in his car to Clarence House and I get the tube home and think: 'Was that all a dream?'" Also in the entourage of private secretaries, press officers, a personal assistant and equerry is a logistics manager and personal staff including a butler, valet, dresser, hairdresser and doctor. The official part of the visit, arranged at the request of the government, will include trips to township projects, game reserves and gardens and visits in Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, aimed at securing "crucial partnerships and powerful relationships" with the countries.