Meet our team

  • Wayne Nel
    Wayne is responsible for the Zambezi Queen’s smooth operation. Indomitable and good humoured, he is the quintessential Captain and host. He is also a fishing expert and generous with his advice.
  • Vicky Nel
    GM: Operations
    Having made attention to detail an art form, Vicky’s hospitality is best experienced in person. Her secret recipe for baked Lemon meringue was recently exposed to our Facebook followers.
  • John Mulenamaswe
    Skipper and on-board engineer
    John joined the company in 2009 as a deck hand. He very soon proved himself a very valuable person and worked his way up the ranks to trainee engineer. During 2013 he became the first Caprivian to obtain an over 60 ton inland water skipper ticket. He also went to SA to complete, very successfully, the difficult SA Maritime Safety Authority, STCW safety and security training course. He is also currently being trained as on board engineer in all the systems on board our vessel.
  • Mark Lumsden and Kim Bernard
    Assistant Managers On–Board and Maintenance
    With years of top-end yachting experience and holding a skipper license, Kim is our gracious hostess while Mark has been involved in several environmental studies and holds a Bachelors in Zoology & Environmental Science.
  • Simone Weigel
    Luxury African River Safari Consultant
    Having travelled the world extensively as Executive Concierge for international cruise lines, Simone is perfectly suited to advise our individual travellers.
  • Jutta Tuck
    Luxury African River Safari Groups Consultant
    Jutta brings with her more than 11 years of experience in the Inbound Tourism field. Under her guidance and alacrity, our groups are handled swiftly and effectively.
  • Kaila Roux
    Sales Manager, Mantis
    Kaila’s love of the bush and African wildlife is perfectly matched with her role as Sales Manager responsible for the domestic and international markets. Her enthusiastic presentations are as honest as they are infectious.
  • Andre Barnard Jnr
    GM: Sales & Marketing
    Andre Jnr brings with him a wealth of experience in the tourism industry, having headed up operations as diverse as Inbound Tourism and Airlines.
  • Mantis Collection
    In October 2012, The Zambezi Queen was purchased by the award winning Mantis Group. With 5 star Boutique Hotels and Eco Lodges throughout the world, their experience in international marketing and hospitality management, gained over many years, is extremely beneficial to the successful running of the elegant Zambezi Queen.
  • International Representation:
  • Blanca Coello, Spain
    Director, Travel Gallery
    Director of Travel Gallery, Blanca Coello is based in Madrid and oversees the Spanish market for the ZQ. Hailing from a tour operator background, Blanca’s sound knowledge of the industry is her key trademark. Having lived and worked in Southern Africa, she has a soft spot for this part of the world.
  • Patrizia Olivadi, Italy
    With a background as African Product Manager for some of Italy’s largest tour operators, Patrizia is a product and destination specialist. She is well known for her intimate knowledge of the intricate Italian market.