Natalia Baechtold

Co-Founder, Director of Visual Media, Expedition Leader & Dive Master

Natalia spent her childhood enjoying the beaches of the east coast of Australia. Sun, surf and the Australian bush influenced her deep love of nature and the ocean. Once Thomas and Natalia married in Palau, a life of travel and adventure began. Ten years of working on all 7 continents has allowed Natalia to indulge her photographic eye in dramatic land and seascapes, as well as focus on the individuality of the worlds Indigenous peoples. Natalia’s business management and exceptional customer service skills supported her work as an Expedition leader, Cruise Director, Dive guide, Zodiac driver, Photographer and general Naturalist for various high-end Expedition companies.

As Co-Founder/Director of Wild Earth Expeditions, established in 2009, Natalia has brought strong leadership, innovation and creative business sense to the development of Wild Earth Expeditions. Her eye for detail has supported the growth of Wild Earth Expeditions across marketing, media and communications. Natalia’s understanding and sensitivity to client needs and interests inform her choices of luxury touches and gifts that enhance and support the excellence of the Wild Earth travel experience.

Natalia has also dedicated the past 5 years parenting their two daughters Estelle and Coco and lives happily with one little dog and a big veggie patch on the Mid North Coast at Bonville, Australia.


We just wanted to extend a personal thank you from both of us for such an incredible trip. We expected to have a once in a lifetime experience as they say but it was much more than that. As a Leader you were awesome and fun to hang out with Natalia. It was so incredible to share such a life altering journey with my son. Precious memories I shall have forever.
— Ruth W. & Eoghan O. United Kingdom - 2017 Fiji & Tonga