Chaka Travel - About Us
At Chaka Travel we pride ourselves on providing a highly personalised service and having an intimate knowledge of some of the worlds' most exciting destinations, including Mauritius, Maldives, Seychelles, South Africa, Dubai, Thailand, Malaysia, Bali, Cyprus, Morocco, USA and Europe.
Open: Monday-Friday 9am-5.30pm
Phone: 028 9023 2112
Meet the team
Mark Marais : Managing Director
Originally from Zimbabwe, Mark has a love for the outdoors, wildlife and foreign cultures which prompted him to start Chaka Travel in 1995. Whilst enjoying seeing the company grow Mark is keen to maintain the high level of friendliness and personal service that has made so many clients become 'friends'. His only regret is that his golf game doesn't do justice to the world class courses he has been lucky enough to play! Mark is the proud father of Louise and Emily, both girls are now well seasoned travellers and have both been involved in the company in small ways over the years!
Diane Hamilton: Senior Sales Consultant
Diane has worked in the travel industry for over 20 years and lives and breathes holidays. Specializing in honeymoons and weddings as well as family holidays, her meticulous attention to detail and enthusiasm will give every client the confidence to book their special trip with Chaka. Having married abroad herself, she can fully appreciate everything from the couples perspective! During her time at
Jean Collins: Senior Sales Consultant
I have worked in the travel industry since 1992, where I started my career in travel as a junior in a small travel agency and worked my way up to manager of a
Stuart Thompson: Senior Sales Consultant
It is now in my 10th year at Chaka and have been lucky to visit a lot of the destinations we have offer and played some of the best courses in the world. Having been in the travel industry since 1991 it is lovely to be able to mix my hobby with work, as I am able to talk golf every day of the week and be able to share my knowledge of my trips and pass this to the clients to ensure they get the best out of their holiday. I am a member of Scrabo golf club and currently playing of a handicap of 9 which I hope to improve on but only playing once a week it might be a challenge! I'm a proud father of Ben who is keen footballer and Lucie a gymnast and hockey player and it’s always good to encourage them.
Gerard Watson: Sports Tours Manager
I am married to Caroline and dad to twin boys Logan and Finn who most certainly keep us on our toes. My role in Chaka combines two of my biggest passions, sports and bespoke tours. Every tour is unique and with my knowledge and background I can help our customers create and deliver the perfect trip for their organisation. Please get in contact to discuss your team or groups potential plans.
Kallam Craigs: Sales Consultant
I was born and grew up in Hong Kong so from a young age I started to travel and loved experiencing new countries and cultures. I have been lucky enough to travel all over Asia as well as visiting Australia, New Zealand, North America, The Caribbean and over ten countries in Europe. I’m obsessed with sports and all kinds of activities especially when travelling, highlights being Bungee Jumping in Bali, Paragliding in New Zealand and doing a ski season in Canada. Back at home I like to spend my free time at live music events, playing football, cricket and tennis or golf at RBGC where I hold a handicap of 9. I studied International Tourism at the University of Ulster graduating in 2016. I’m now lucky enough to work at a company like Chaka where I have completed a South Africa Specialist Program. Chaka combines my love for travel, activities, sports and events.
Jacques Gous: Chaka Travel’s PGA Professional
South African born Jacques moved to the UK in 2000 and since then has worked as a PGA Professional in England. Since his path crossed with Chaka Travel in 2013 he has not looked back, in his own words "The guys at Chaka Travel has made my dream come true. They made it possible for me to take groups of golfers to some of the most beautiful locations and whilst playing golf with them and improving their golf through professional tuition”. Obviously South Africa was his first country to visit with a group and since then he has added more countries with groups joining him to Turkey, Mauritius and Spain.
Lesley Marshall: Administration Manager
Lesley joined Chaka Travel as administration manager, with several years experience in the travel industry, including over 20 years spent in South Africa. Lesley enjoys travelling and experiencing new cultures & cuisines.
Rosie McDonald: Administration
I love travelling and have visited many many wonderful places throughout the world and I been known to forget to return home from my travels at times (in my younger days)! I love nothing more than planning an exciting journey that captures at times my vey imaginative mind.
Tim McKinstry: Designer & Developer
After graduating and completing an internship I began working at Chaka Travel. With knowledge of design and also development I have been able to deal with both the print publications and design / development of the websites which are constantly evolving and updating. I can usually be found in the gym and more recently adult circus classes and gymnastics. Working at a company such as Chaka Travel I appreciate much more the opportunity to travel and see the world, which is one thing i need to do more.