The Team


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picture29-pngJennifer Paterson
Managing DirectorAs a schoolgirl, I always wanted to become a teacher.  I used to work for my dad in the school holidays and enjoyed making people’s dreams come true (even though at the time, I did not actually plan the itineraries or manage – I only answered the phones, filed and did a bit of typing). Read more
picture31Lesley Paterson Botha
DirectorBorn in Johannesburg and moved to Cape Town in 1981.  Joined the family business in 1982 and have been in tourism ever since.  My role is dealing directly with agents and putting together unforgettable vacations in Southern and East Africa. Read more
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DirectorBorn and raised in Johannesburg where I was part of the tourism industry as a child, my father Brian Paterson was a pioneer in tourism to Southern Africa and in our early years, my sisters Jennifer, Lesley and I were involved in meeting many groups and clients. Read more
André Botha
Sales & Marketing DirectorBorn in Cape Town, I grew up in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape and I did my schooling there. I moved to Cape Town in 1986 and have lived here since. Read more
Mara Lanzetta October
Senior Tour ConsultantI was born in Argentina and left on my 21st birthday to come to South Africa to learn English.  I was only going to be here for 9 months, 17 days and 4 hours. But I completely fell in love with this gorgeous country! It’s been 16 years and counting. Read more
Michael Paterson Higgins
Tour ConsultantGrowing up within the family business, I have always been exposed to meeting international visitors and visiting the most beautiful parts of our region.Read more
Sharon Byrne
Tour Consultant
Hello everyone. Here’s introducing myself J Sharon Louise Byrne, born in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe.I immigrated to South Africa, Durban in 1982. Read more

Bjorn van Huyssteen
Tour Consultant

 Born and bred in Cape Town and living in the beautiful Cape Winelands town of Somerset West, I have been in the travel industry for 20 plus years. Read more

picture41Sasha Solomon
Junior Tour ConsultantBorn and raised in the Mother City, I studied at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology where I completed a Tourism Management Diploma. This is my first real job in the tourism industry and am enjoying building my career at Trans Africa Safaris.Read more

Jade Van Niekerk
Tour Consultant

Born and raised in the Mother City, I am a child of Africa and proudly South African. It was by chance that I studied Travel and Tourism and have been working in wholesale since I graduated with a diploma from the Collage of Cape Town in 2001. Read more

Amelie de Klerk
Financial ManagerMy life began in Paris with vacations to the sea and snow being the escape from the bustling city.My family moved to sunny South Africa in 1990. After my schooling in Somerset West, I attended Stellenbosch University.Read more
picture36Una Rhoode
Accounts ClerkI am born and bred in Cape Town, Love Travelling and exploring places.  I joined Trans Africa Safaris in January 2006, I love working for Trans Africa Safaris, love my Job, it is indeed my Dream Job.Read more
Stephen de Witt
Marketing AssistantI was born in Upington but my parents seemed to enjoy moving often so I’ve ended up attending quite a few different schools. This helped me grow confidence and also get to know our wonderful country on a more personal level. Having lived in most of our major cities I feel blessed to be a South African.Read more
Aloysia Wales
Product & Database AdministratorAfter a few twists and turns, including a stint at a private cemetery (don’t ask), I find myself in a place that I love. Almost 9 years ago, I was determined to get a foot in the door, so I started out in reception, but soon made a bee-line out of there to the Database department, which I absolutely love.Read more
Juliana Kalapicture37
General Office AssistantI was born in Simon’s Town, Cape Town where I lived with my parents. My father’s family is originally from the Eastern Cape and I like to visit there during my holidays.Read more
Picture25Zulfaah Martin
Tour ConsultantBorn and raised in Cape Town, I love this beautiful vibrant city – from its history, architecture, to our food that is colourful and spicy – just like the people!
I’ve been working in the tourism industry for the past 14 years, and recently joined the Trans Africa Team. Read more
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