Natasha Wilmot - Welcome to my page

About Me

I was born in Botswana and have lived in Missouri, Franschhoek and Hout Bay. Maun in Botswana is currently my home.

Over the years I have managed to travel to the USA, Israel, Dubai, UK, Australia, New Zealand, St Helena Island, Thailand, Mauritius, Hong Kong, Comoros and the Seychelles. In Africa, I have spent time in South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Namibia.

Travel would be high on my lists of likes (however, now being a mum I have done a lot less of late). My hobbies include photography, metal detecting, snorkelling and horse riding. I also really enjoy being out in nature, gardening and reading.

Where I have travelled

Locally, I've travelled throughout the Western, Northern and Eastern Cape provinces in South Africa, traversed South Africa from the northern borders with Botswana down to Cape Town, and been to the Drakensberg and kwaZulu-Natal coast. In 2016 I spent an enjoyable week visiting camps and lodges in the Sabie Sands and Thornybush reserves around the Kruger National Park.

My favourite travel moment

Meeting a lone Maasai man walking across the Serengeti in the middle of nowhere!

What I love about Africa

The freedom we still have here. There are places in Botswana that still truly feel wild to me.

My best African travel advice

Ask the locals, they often know best!


Natasha Wilmot

Africa Safari Expert

I love nothing more than throwing in a bed role and tent and heading down the road to see what is around the next corner!

Read what our Travellers have to say

We would both like to say that this trip far exceeded our expectations in so many ways. The accommodation was way better than I had imagined. I had expected something nice, but it was really stunning, both in Sussi & Chuma and Chobe Chilwero. 

The personal service and attention to detail we received from the staff was outstanding: we have never received such a service anywhere in the world like this - the staff obviously enjoy their work and this comes across in the service. The professional safari guides in all three locations were fantastic and so knowledgeable that we have come back knowing so much about the animals, birds and history.

The food especially in Sussi & Chuma and Chobe Chilwero was 7-star, the quality and presentation second to none. I put on 2kg in a week! The morning coffee and cakes and the afternoon sundowners in the bush or on the boat were a complete surprise- we loved it!

Everything ran like clockwork thanks to your superb organizing. The only glitch was that South African Airways lost my bag, but it was returned the next day.

Until this holiday I had never heard of Sanctuary Retreats but having stayed in their properties and experienced their hospitality we will definitely be going back.

Thanks again for organizing this wonderful holiday Natasha and all your hints and tips over the last few weeks, they really helped.

Please feel free to send us emails for any exciting trips you may have coming up in the future

Colin & Lorraine Smith - March 2017 View more reviews