Lizette Swart

GIS Technician

Lizette qualified as a veterinary nurse and worked in a veterinary practise before becoming a sales representative for a veterinary pharmaceutical company. Promoted to sales manager, she bought her first 4×4 in 2000 to fulfil a lifelong dream to visit Hwange Game Reserve in Zimbabwe, and set off on her first cross-border trip – to Namibia! This was soon followed by explorations to Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique and yes, finally Zimbabwe – the bug has bitten, and every possible long weekend and holiday was spent “in the bush”. In between work and travels, she managed to complete a BCom in Marketing & Business Management, studying part-time. “For fun” she followed this with the 4×4 Adventure Guide Course, and in 2008, the FGASA Nature Guide course. Enjoying the last 2 courses much more than the BCom, it was time to take stock of her career, and in 2009 she started her own safari company, Roads to Roam. She bought her first GPS loaded with T4A maps, joined the T4A Community Forum and submitted her data to T4A. In 2014 she lived in Malawi for 3 months, focusing on route planning and reservations for clients rather than touring, and exploring the country at every possible opportunity. This was followed by two months of travels in Tanzania and Zambia before she was offered a position at a lodge in Botswana, a country close to her heart. Loving life at the lodge, she found that she missed the travels into Africa, and decided to return to South Africa in order to start touring again. She settled in Cape Town, and during a visit to the T4A offices, was asked if she would be interested in a part time position in T4A, still allowing her to do her tours as needed. She joined T4A in February 2016, using her travel experience in Africa to assist on the forums and compiling maps and guide books, while still doing tours across Africa, gathering information that is used in updating the T4A products. She loves the Tracks4Africa products, and enjoy updating them with the information from her travels – some say she is permanently on holiday! When she is in town, she lives in the Winelands area on the edge of Stellenbosch, she is happily single and besides “all the wildlife in Africa”, has no children or pets. Her hobbies include traveling Africa, wildlife photography, hiking, reading and volunteering at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town.