Welcome to the Swagman Family! We want to ensure your African dream becomes reality.
We have a variety of safaris to suit all budgets. For example, our Cape Town to Victoria Falls camping tour is under $100 per day which is fantastic value, including most meals. Our game lodge stays are perfect for that quick getaway, and are also well-suited to conferences and meetings. We host and organise arrangements all over the world to suit your needs.
So who is Swagman?
Swagman Tours was formed in 1986 by Pat Mangan. Starting off with one vehicle and a desire to see the Birdsville races, Pat took a group of friends away. Over the years, word spread about Swagman's unique itineraries and unbeatable value.
For many years now Swagman has been successfully conducting camping safaris to every remote corner of this fascinating continent (Australia) using small 4-wheel-drive vehicles, 27-seat safari trucks for off the beaten track destinations, and luxury safari coaches.
In an effort to offer clients new options, overland tours in Southern Africa were introduced. Steadily over the years Swagman Tours has been providing Australians and New Zealanders a vast array of touring options throughout Africa, covering all budgets. The focus remains on overlanding and finding products that are sure to thrill, excite and showcase the amazing continent of Africa.
Swagman Tours changed its logo a few years ago to reflect the company's core values - Experience, Discover, Explore. The feet represent the desire for our tours to have a light environmental and social impact whilst promoting the desire to go 'walkabout'.
If there is a place in outback Australia you want to go to but don't know how to reach - Pat's the man to ask. He has traversed Australia's countryside, and now much of Africa, too many times to count! A self-confessed "simple bushie", his love for the outdoors is unsurpassed, and still loves to settle, of an evening, beside a fire, under the stars, in his trusty swag. Places visited - mostly anywhere you might think of going!
"Outback Australia and the bushveld in Africa are probably the best scenery anywhere in the world - in my humble opinion!"
Wayne has a wealth of experience having lived and worked in Africa over the past 20 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 recently had a "seachange" and with his family relocated from Sydney to the Geelong coastal area to take up his exciting new position with the company. Wayne's focus is currently on streamlining our product and raising awareness of the Swagman brand. Places visited - Southern & Eastern Africa, Mauritius & Seychelles, Bali, Singapore & Hong Kong, New Zealand, Vanuatu & Noumea, Australia, Great Britain & Ireland, Amsterdam & Paris.
SOULA Office Manager Soula (pronounced 'So-la') 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. Soula has a passion for any type of travel and loves to share her experiences and stories. Places visited - Southern Africa incl South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Swaziland, Kenya, Morocco, UK & Ireland, most of Continental Europe, Dubai, South-East Asia & China, USA & Canada, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand & Fiji.
Soula (pronounced 'So-la') 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. Soula has a passion for any type of travel and loves to share her experiences and stories. Places visited - Southern Africa incl South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Swaziland, Kenya, Morocco, UK & Ireland, most of Continental Europe, Dubai, South-East Asia & China, USA & Canada, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand & Fiji.
African Travel Planner
Michelle has been involved in the travel industry for over 10 years. She has been with Swagman Tours since 2005, involved in managing reservations for Africa. Michelle is familiar with most everything you need to know about travelling in Africa. Last year's highlight was a self-drive vacation driving through the Sabi Sands Game reserve, a wonderful experience, and most recently she has returned from South Africa, escorting some of our travel agents through South Africa. She is only too happy to discuss the many amazing adventures she had! Places visited - South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Kenya & Tanzania. Also USA incl Hawaii,NZ & South Pacific islands, UK, France, Scotland, South-east Asia,Mediterranean Europe.
"Africa is my all-time favourite travel destination. It has amazing diversity, incredible wildlife, and the locals are just so friendly. I can't wait to go back!"
International Groups Consultant
Karen has been working with Swagman Tours since April 2003. She managed the accounting side of the business for many years, however, was then bitten by the travel bug, decided on a new career direction, and is now busy co-ordinating the Australia group tours and organising our popular Farming Tours to the many different worldwide locations. Karen has just recently got back from her first trip to Africa, spending time in Kenya visiting Lake Nakuru & the Masai Mara, & was blessed to have a stop over in Mauritius on the way back seeing first hand the world-class hotels and resorts. Places visited - Kenya, Mauritius, Great Britain & Ireland, continental Europe, Australia.
African Travel Planner
Siobhan (pronounced 'Shevaun') is new to the travel industry and joined us at the end of Jan 2012. She already has a passion and enthusiasm for travel, having spent time living abroad for a couple of years, and is part of the rapidly growing reservations team. Siobhan has recently returned from her first African safari, overlanding through Botswana with Nomad Adventures, camping in the Okavango Delta a real highlight. Places visited - South Africa, Namibia, Vic Falls, Botswana, UK, continental Europe incl Eastern Bloc, Scandinavia, China, NZ & Fiji.
International Groups Consultant
Lyndal started in the travel industry in 1993 and commenced work with us in May 2004. With a few maternity breaks along the way, she never lost her passion for travel and is now kept busy in the groups division. Lyndal has overseen numerous successful group departures to many different destinations. She has recently returned from a journey escorting some travel agents through South Africa, showcasing the diversity that is the "Rainbow Nation". Places visited - UK, Maldives, Kenya, Hong Kong, some New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu, Bali, Alaska.
Arlene has kept a watchful eye on the accounts for Swagman since February this year. Her background is in Bookkeeping and Office Management. She emigrated from Northern Ireland 36 years ago to marry an Aussie and now spends her spare time doting on her 5 beautiful grandchildren. Places visited - UK, France, Greece, Italy, Spain, west coast USA & Canada, Fiji, Bali & Thailand