The Swagman Tours Team

The Swagman Tours Team


The Swagman Tours Team - Wayne Hamilton, Director

Wayne Hamilton – Director
& Product Development Manager

Wayne has a wealth of 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

The Swagman Tours Team - Soula Burgess, Director

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. She joined Swagman Tours in 2006 and now co-owns and manages the office operations in addition to organising  specialist 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:

The Swagman Tours Team - Alyson Ellis

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.”

The Swagman Tours Team - Ashlea Barnes

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.

Emily, Alicia & Maddison – Travel Planners
Images and info coming soon!


The Swagman Tours Team - Treacey Dowd-Hamilton

Treacey  –  Marketing & Travel Consultant

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.  Meeting King Julien and his lemur friends in the forests of Madagascar was a personal travel highlight. Attracted to extreme adventures, Treacey has bungied at Vic Falls and Bloukrans Bridge, trekked to see the Bwindi gorillas and, most recently, visited 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.