The Team

Meet the Trans Africa Safaris Team

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jen2017Jennifer Paterson
Managing Director

As 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).  Since 1978, tourism is the path I finally chose. Read more… 

picture31Lesley Paterson Botha

Born 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…

bevBeverley Paterson Ferguson

Born 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, often singing the national anthem on tour coaches after the “meet the South African evenings”. Read more…

andre1234André Botha
Sales & Marketing Director

Born 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. After finishing my tertiary studies in Management, Marketing and Sales, I started my working career in sales with a pharmaceutical company and then, after a year, took a marketing position with a leading wine and spirits company in Stellenbosch. Read more...

Janice Gombert
Operations Manager

The journey of my professional life has been a whirlwind of wonderful experiences that have honed my capabilities as an individual, and as a member of extraordinary teams. Read more...

Michelle MeyerMichelle Meyer
Senior Consultant

Having initially planned to be a teacher, life took an interesting turn and I started my working career with SATOUR (South African Tourism Board), in their Guest Relations Department. Being surrounded by people, who were zealous about South Africa, was to ignite a passion for travel.  Five years later, I found my niche within the tourism industry, where I continue to have the privilege of making dream holidays to Africa a reality for our clients! Read more…

Mara Lanzetta October
Senior Tour Consultant

I 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… I started in the Tourism Industry in 2007, and have been showcasing Southern Africa to (mostly) Latin speaking travelers since then. 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. The knowledge I gained the past 16yrs has seen my ‘first job’ evolve into a passion; “I create and manage dream vacations which showcase Africa to the rest if the world’. Read more…

Michael Paterson Higgins
Tour Consultant

3rd Generation travel enthusiast, experienced in all styles of leisure.Growing 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; but after three years there decided to migrate down to the Mother City, Cape Town home of one of the wonders of the world –  Table Mountain!  Who can say no to seeing that view each day. Read more…

picture41Sasha Ederies
Junior Tour Consultant

Born 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…

Aloysia Wales
Product & Database Administrator

After 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 10 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…

Stephen de WittStephen Black and white
Marketing Assistant

I 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…

Amelie de Klerk
Financial Manager

My 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 and received my Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Management Accounting. I also represented the niversity in Artistic Gymnastics. Read more…

picture36Una Rhoode
Creditors Clerk

I 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, I am a People’s Person therefore I love working with People. Read more…

Kamiela1Kamiela Green
Debtors Clerk

Born, bred and fed on the cape flats, my city, my home, is Cape Town.Firstly and most  importantly I am a mother to a handsome son, Noah. My leisure time is almost always spent with family and friends. When I do get a “free” moment I enjoy baking and preparing desserts. Read more…

picture37Juliana Kala
General Office Assistant

I 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.
I have 3 lovely children – Nick (23 years) and twins Jack & Jacquelene (15 years) Read more…

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