The Swagman Tours Team
Wayne Hamilton – Director
& Product Development Manager – Africa & India
Wayne has a wealth of experience having lived and worked in Africa over the past 30 years and 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 our product range including embracing India as a new destination, and raising awareness in the travel industry of the Swagman brands.
Places visited – India, Southern & Eastern Africa, Mauritius & Seychelles, Dubai & Abu Dhabi, Bali, Singapore & Hong Kong, New Zealand, Vanuatu & Noumea, Australia, Great Britain & Ireland, Amsterdam & Paris … Next: Botswana & Uganda
Soula Burgess – 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 manages the office operations in addition to organising 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: Uluru
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 13 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 has recently returned from cruising the Caribbean. 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! Her next adventure will be overlanding from Vic Falls to Nairobi.
Places visited – South Africa, Uganda, Mauritius, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, 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: African Overland
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. Alyson is looking forward to her next adventure, Africa, to experience the changing landscapes and follow the Great Migration.
Places visited: Kenya, South Africa, Mauritius, New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa, New Caledonia, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Cambodia, Vietnam, America, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Russia and a lot of Australia … Next: Hawaii
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. With her extensive customer service experience, Ashlea is researching every new enquiry thoroughly and with great care to ensure the best possible options are achieved.
Places visited – Kenya, Botswana & Zimbabwe, Kruger Park, Indonesia, Thailand & Vietnam … Next: ?? Still deciding
Treacey – Marketing
Treacey joined Swagman Tours in August 2012 to assist in the Reservations and Marketing departments. Travel has been a constant in her life and her love of Africa has finally decided the career battle between design and travel. She lived in South Africa for 6 years and returns occasionally to try something new, like the bungee jumps from Bloukraans and Vic Falls bridges.
Places visited – Southern Africa, Kenya & Zanzibar, Uganda, Egypt, Mauritius, Great Britain, lots of Europe incl Greece, India, Micronesia, western USA incl Hawaii, New York & Philadelphia, Hong Kong, Osaka, Abu Dhabi, south-east Asia, Argentina, 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.