Natalie Perkins
Travel Advisor

Fresh from the University of Cape Town, Natalie couldn’t believe her luck when she found herself involved in the tourism industry back in 2007. Her first love has always been the people and the wilderness of Africa, with a strong interest in conservation and how everyone has a role to play in the preservation of this beautiful world. 

Passionate about sharing special, immersive journeys across Africa, Natalie brings together the best of Caroline’s, Imogen’s and her own experiences while traveling across the continent for Classic Escapes' readers, followers and friends.

With extensive experience in lodge operations, she knows the nuts and bolts of travelling around Africa. She supports Caroline and Imogen with clients’ travel plans, keeps the website fresh and exciting, looks after the social media channels and is the in-house copy writer.

When not in the throes of reading about the latest restaurant to hit the Cape Town scene, or researching new and unique places not oft heard about, chances are good she can be found on the hockey field, checking out a live music performance, completely captivated in a great book or sipping wine with sweeping views of the country side.

  • Into the wild: Uganda

    For a fairly small, landlocked country, of which almost 25% is lakes and rivers, Uganda is full of adventure! The highlight for most of our clients is the opportunity to trek the mountain gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – a very intimate, spiritual experience in itself. But, it has to be said, t...

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  • The best of both worlds

    One of the most alluring pairings when considering a trip to Africa is the idea of combining a truly wild safari experience (or two!) with some postcard-perfect beach bliss.

    We’ve penned one of our favourite, off-the-beaten path combinations just for you. Enjoy an authentic ...

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  • Zimbabwe's Greats

    A treasure trove of natural wonders and a nation of charm, ZIMBABWE is one of the friendliest and most exquisite countries in Africa. An iconic travel destination. 

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  • A Ripple For Change

    Six years ago we made a commitment to changing young lives. Because we believe that the solution to poverty is through the fundamentals of education. Because we believe children are a product of their nucleus. And because, as Mandela so aptly once put it, ‘overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity, it’s an act of justice.’

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  • The Cape Town Foodie Scene

    We've been out and about lately...

    It's been a whirlwind couple of weeks leading up to Caroline's 40th birthday celebrations this past Sunday - an absolutely lovely day spent with her nearest and dearest at La Grapperia, an utterly delightful bistro at Spice Route just outsi...

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  • The perfect 10

    A dazzling blend of dramatic scenery and secret charms, Cape Town is a place where, from the city centre, one can be sipping world-class wine on a tranquil vineyard within thirty minutes, lazing upon a pristine beach in ten or strolling on a mountainside in five.

    The cosmop...

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  • The wonderful world of Lake Kariba

    Early Friday morning I was packed and ready to board my flight from Cape Town to Harare via Johannesburg. By the afternoon, after connecting with a charter flight to the Bumi Hills private airstrip, I’d met the friends I was travelling with en route and we were welcomed by the team of staff with the biggest smiles, the loudest voices ...

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  • Country living, modern styling & classical charm

    We took the opportunity just last week to stretch our legs and escape Cape Town city life – and the path that followed led us to La Cle Country Lodge. Recently opened, the lodge is located on a working wine farm a stone’s throw from the heart of Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands, South Africa. 

    Oozing casual charm ...

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  • Botswana Dreaming

    It’s late November, and I had five glorious days flitting across Botswana. The Okavango Delta regionis an interestingly complex, natural system where everything revolves around the ebb and flow of water - it’s easily a year-round destination, where the miracle of the ‘high water’ and ‘low water’ seasons can be explored at different ti...

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