The Swagman Tours Front Line
Wayne Hamilton – Director
& Product Development Manager
Wayne has a wealth of travel experience, having lived and worked in the travel industry in both Australia and 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, Sri Lanka & the Middle East as new destinations, raising awareness in the travel industry of the Swagman brands, and strengthening our worldwide Agricultural Tour presence.
Places visited – Argentina, Chile, India, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Mauritius & Seychelles, Dubai & Abu Dhabi, Canada, western USA, Bali, Singapore & Hong Kong, New Zealand, Vanuatu & Noumea, Australia, Great Britain & Ireland, Amsterdam & Paris … Next: India
Soula Burgess – Director & Office Manager,
Global Groups Coordinator & Subcontinent 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. Co-owner of Swagman Tours , Soula specialises in organising group tours & also arrangements in India & Sri Lanka. Soula has a passion for travel and loves to share her experiences and stories.
Places visited – South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Swaziland, Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania incl Zanzibar, Morocco, UK & Ireland, most of western Europe, Dubai, South-East Asia & China, Canada & USA incl Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand & Fiji … Next: Zimbabwe
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:
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: Sri Lanka, 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 & completing degrees in marketing & psychology, Ashlea chose a career path which would maximise her opportunities to travel. Ashlea is firmly established in the Africa department having discovered first-hand the treasures of this amazing continent & enthusiastically shares her experiences with all whom care to be interested.
Places visited – Kenya, Botswana & Zimbabwe, South Africa, Indonesia, Thailand & Vietnam, New Zealand, Canada … Next: she will be taking her parents on a bucket-list trip to South Africa very soon.
Emily – Global Groups Travel Planner
Emily started with Swagman towards the end of 2017 with over 10 years’ experience in the travel industry in Australia and the UK , as a travel tour operator and wholesaler. She can’t imagine a life without travel and enjoys the journey as much as the destination … Travelling from one place to another can be an adventure in itself! Recently returned from maternity leave, Emily works part-time in our specialist Groups department.
Places visited: Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Turkey, Israel, Uzbekistan, Dubai, an extensive area of Europe, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, USA, Panama, Guatemala, Cuba, Ecuador inc. Galapagos Islands, Easter Island, Peru, Australia, New Zealand & French Polynesia. Next: more Australia
Alicia – Africa Travel Planner
After studying Tourism, Event Management & History for 5 years, Alicia joined Swagman in 2018 to convert theory to practice. With some experience in retail travel & a family background in tourism, she is enthusiastic to work & grow with Swagman, where recipes for memories are created for clients every day. Loving the social-discovery aspect of travel – food, culture, lifestyle & oral traditions – her favourite quote is: ‘I had inadvertently brought myself with me’ (Alain de Botton upon holidaying in the Bahamas).
Places visited: New Zealand, South Africa & extensively within Australia. Next: Ethiopia.
Maddison – Africa Travel Planner
Maddison joined the Swagman team in 2018. She achieved a diploma of Travel and Tourism, & worked in retail for some years, and is now loving being a part of the Swagman team. Maddison has quickly developed a passion & interest in all Africa-related travel. Hot-air-ballooning over the Masai Mara is Maddison’s ultimate travel highlight so far, and she looks forward to many more fantastic experiences to come.
Places visited: Kenya, New Caledonia, Australia. Next: South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe & Tanzania
Michael – NSW/QLD Business Development Manager
Michael has travelled extensively during his 30 years in the travel industry. He worked as a travel agent, has led small & large groups all round the world, & has taken his family overseas to gain first-hand tailor-made holiday experience. Michael is passionate about all African destinations and likes to share his knowledge to help clients enjoy an unsurpassed travel adventure. Michael brings to Swagman a personal history of diverse & interesting ways to travel and a wide professional network with finely honed BDM skills, ready to raise brand awareness at the agency front lines.
Places visited – Argentina, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, India, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Mauritius, Reunion Island, Morocco, Egypt, Canada, western USA, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, China & Hong Kong, Borneo, New Zealand, Fiji, Cook Islands, Great Britain & Ireland, western Europe, Russia & Scandinavia … Next: Kenya & Uganda!
Treacey – Marketing & Travel Consultant
Treacey graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture but somehow ended up as a travel agent in late 1990 during the Gulf War. After moving between continents & careers she joined Swagman Tours in 2012, enjoying sharing her knowledge with staff and clients alike. Meeting King Julien and his lemur friends in the forests of Madagascar is a personal travel highlight. Attracted to extreme adventures, Treacey has bungeed at Vic Falls & Bloukrans Bridge, trekked to see the Bwindi gorillas &, most recently, hung out at Level 148 of the towering Burj Khalifa.
Places visited – Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland, Madagascar, Kenya, Zanzibar, Uganda, Egypt, Mauritius, Great Britain, western Europe incl lots of Greece, Turkey, India, Guam, Saipan, Palau, lived 2 years in California and visited several USA states incl Hawaii & New York, Hong Kong, Osaka, Dubai & Abu Dhabi, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Argentina, NZ, Pacific Islands, lived 6 years in South Africa, & resides in Australia … Next: Kenya
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.