Hello! I’m Natasha Sinclair, a travel specialist and business woman who is quite simply a bit bats about Africa and India.
I said goodbye to my corporate career over 10 years ago and through some unexpected twists and turns in life started working in travel and tourism – and loved it!
I spent 8 years working for other people specialising in travel to destinations throughout South-East Asia, China and of course the Indian Subcontinent and safaris in Southern and East Africa. I also have helped 1000’s of people cycle the Otago Central Rail Trail plus more exotic overseas destinations.
In 2013 the opportunity came up to start Indafrica Travel Marketing. The timing was not ideal as I was literally about to pop out a wee surprise bundle (I have a 7 1/2 year gap between number 1 and number 2). But after talking it over with my husband, I said ‘what the heck’ and the rest as they say, is history!
Why just India and Africa?
This is where my heart lies and the passion extends right back to my childhood. I grew up watching Sir David Attenborough and other documentary makers bring in particular Africa to life on the small screen and always vowed that one day I would experience the sights and smells of a safari. To date some of my most memorable experiences have included wild camping Botswana and tracking White Rhino on foot in Matobo National Park in Zimbabwe. I am looking forward to returning to Africa in 2017.
My connection to India is a much more tactile and slightly romantic. On my bookshelf in my childhood bedroom was a beautiful copy of Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book, bound in royal blue leather, with the cover and spine embossed in gold. The stories captivated me and I am still enchanted with stories of India. However these days you’ll find me devouring books like ‘The God of Small Things’ by Arundhati Roy, Vikram Seth’s ‘A Suitable Boy’ and anything written by William Dalrymple. To date I have journeyed across Northern India, been into the foothills of the Himalayas, been blessed in Varanasi and joined the pilgrims in the waters of the Ganges at Haridwar. I still think that there is nothing quite like enjoying freshly squeezed pineapple juice while relaxing on the backwaters of Kerala. Mumbai and Delhi are currently battling it out mind for the title of my favourite Indian City – I might just have to declare a tie!
I don’t feel that my travels in Africa and India will ever be finished. There is always somewhere new to go, places to revisit and old and new friends to meet.
My other Passions
My family is Number 1! I enjoy art and in particular, have been developing an interest in Indian Street Art. With two children at home, I am only able to travel to Africa or India, once or twice a year at the moment but I need no excuse conjure up lots of tasty (in particular Indian food) in the kitchen.
When I am not helping people make their travel dreams in Africa and India come true, cooking up a storm or running around after two children – you’ll find me enjoying all that home in Central Otago has to offer on my bike, on foot or on the water.
I also love my garden and living in Central Otago with its defined seasons I am lucky to be able to grow many of favourite plants – however, I do wish that the lemon tree didn’t have to be shifted into the house each winter to keep it alive.
My travels in 2018
In October I will personally escort our popular Ladies Only India: Fabric, Food & Fabulous Tour. You can find out more about India: Fabric, Food & Fabulous here. I’m also trying to squeeze in a trip to South Africa (I recently returned from Botswana in December 2017) but the family might just veto that yet!
Get in Contact…
I love chatting to people about Africa and India – even if it is just to point them in the right direction. So drop me a line on the form below or call me on +64 (0)3 442 4067.