The Swagman Tours Team
Wayne Hamilton – Director
& Product Development Manager
Wayne has a wealth of experience having lived and worked in Africa over the past 30 years and as co-owner, brings to Swagman Tours a highly successful sales and marketing background. His unbridled passion, energy and love for Africa is so infectious that you could be forgiven for thinking he is an official ambassador for the African continent. Wayne’s focus is currently on expanding the product range including embracing India & the Middle East as new destinations, and raising awareness in the travel industry of the Swagman brands.
Places visited – India, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mauritius & Seychelles, Dubai & Abu Dhabi, Canada, western USA, Bali, Singapore & Hong Kong, New Zealand, Vanuatu & Noumea, Australia, Great Britain & Ireland, Amsterdam & Paris … Next: Zimbabwe
Soula Burgess – Director & Office Manager,
Global Groups Coordinator & India Travel Planner
Soula (pronounced ‘Sola’) is originally from the UK and has worked in the wholesale industry for 20 years. Some of that time was spent working for a business travel company who arranged group travel for aid workers and missionaries to poor and war-torn countries. She joined Swagman Tours in 2006 and now co-owns and manages the office operations in addition to organising both specialist group tours & arrangements in India. Soula has a passion for all travel and loves to share her experiences and stories.
Places visited – South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Swaziland, Malawi, Kenya, Morocco, UK & Ireland, most of Continental Europe, Dubai, South-East Asia & China, USA & Canada, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand & Fiji … Next: UK
The kids in Africa are so amazing – they’re full of life and enthusiasm, even though they have very little!
Completing the Swagman Tours Team are:
Michelle – Africa Travel Planner
Michelle has been involved in the travel industry for over 15 years. She has been with Swagman Tours since 2005, familiar with most everything you need to know about travelling in Africa. An enduring travel highlight was a self-drive experience through the Sabi Sands Game reserve, and she is looking forward to a European Christmas. She is only too happy to discuss the many amazing adventures she has had, including getting up close and personal
with great white sharks in the ocean at Gansbaai and the gorillas in Uganda!
Places visited – South Africa, Uganda, Mauritius, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya & Tanzania. Also USA including Hawaii, Caribbean islands, NZ & South Pacific islands, UK, France, Scotland, Mediterranean Europe, South-east Asia including Bali, Vanuatu & Noumea … Next: Vic Falls, Chobe & Delta
Africa is my all-time favourite travel destination. It has amazing diversity, incredible wildlife, & the locals are just so friendly. I can’t wait to go back!
Karen – Farm Tours, Australia & Global Groups Travel Planner
Karen has been working with Swagman Tours since April 2003 and is known and loved by many repeat Swagman clients. She managed the accounting side of the business for many years, however, was bitten by the travel bug, decided on a new career direction, and now co-ordinates the Australia tours and Farm Tours in many different worldwide locations.
Places visited – Kenya, Mauritius, Great Britain & Ireland, continental Europe, Australia.
Alyson – Global Groups Travel Planner
Alyson started with Swagman in the latter half of 2014, bringing with her a wealth of practical knowledge having been in the retail travel industry since 2003. She has a passion for all types of travel and believes the best aspect is experiencing the different cultures and cuisines through meeting the people.
Places visited: India, Kenya, South Africa, Mauritius, New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa, New Caledonia, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Cambodia, Vietnam, USA incl Alaska, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Russia, and a lot of Australia … and trying to decide where to go next!
My favourite quote is “Travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer.”
Ashlea – Africa Travel Planner
After seven years in general retail and completing degrees in marketing and psychology, Ashlea chose a career path which would maximise her opportunities to travel. Ashlea is relatively new to Swagman Tours and brings an abundance of enthusiasm with a passion to acquire travel knowledge. Ashlea is firmly established in the Africa department having discovered first-hand the treasures of this amazing continent.
Places visited – Kenya, Botswana & Zimbabwe, Kruger Park, Indonesia, Thailand & Vietnam, New Zealand … and will be escorting an agent trip back to Africa very soon.
Treacey – Marketing
After substantial personal travel experience, Treacey entered the retail travel industry during the Gulf War in 1991, eventually moving continents and roles over the next 11 years. She joined Swagman Tours in August 2012 to assist in Reservations and Marketing and co-owns the company. She has most recently enjoyed meeting King Julien and his lemur friends in the forests of Madagascar.
Places visited – South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland, Madagascar, Kenya, Zanzibar, Uganda, Egypt, Mauritius, Great Britain, lots of Europe incl Greece, India, Micronesia, lived in California and visited several USA states incl Hawaii & New York, Hong Kong, Osaka, Abu Dhabi, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Argentina, NZ, Pacific Islands, Australia … Next: more Africa …
I adore the vast tracts of pristine wilderness in both Australia and Africa; both have stunning landscapes, but Africa, with its multitude of wild animals protected in reserves, is quietly addictive… The serenity of natural order is punctuated by dramatic and exciting events…
and is a real retreat in an otherwise chaotic world.