Hi, I’m Sarah Hoyland – Director

I was born under a flight path, opposite a railway station, above a bus stop and a taxi rank....is it any wonder I pursued a career in travel? Having explored all seven continents I love nothing more than sharing my passion for travel to wild and exotic destinations!

Sarah Hoyland

My Story

My passion for globetrotting began early, travelling with my parents who instilled in me a spirit of adventure. On graduating from college I winged my way to Africa and spent 7 months traversing the continent followed by a stint backpacking through Europe. When the money ran out I returned to Australia to harass every adventure specialist travel agency until I was finally offered a position with The Classic Safari Company in 1993. Over the years I’ve traversed Europe, sailed to Antarctica, explored India on $10 a day (and much later in life I've retraced my footsteps in far superior style!), visited the Middle East, Latin America and navigated the length and breadth of Africa!  I’m an avid shopper of markets around the globe (much to my husband’s distress), a voracious reader and I am at my happiest when I am sharing my passion for exotic destinations escorting any of our Secret Women's Series and when travellling with my teenagers and seeing wild and wonderful places afresh through their eyes. 


  • Born
    Sydney, Australia
  • Destination Speciality
    India, UAE, Oman, Morocco, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Madagascar, Antarctica
  • Favourite Animal
  • My Greatest Travel Tip
    Just go……
  • Favourite Places
    Kenya, India & Morocco
  • Year joined the Team
    Almost from the very beginning
  • I Never Travel Without
    My iphone – it’s my camera, bank, guide book, mini cinema, latest novel, address book….. lifeline!
  • Craziest Experience Abroad'
    Swimming in Antarctica
  • Greatest Accomplishment
    Right here, right now – being able to share my extensive travel knowledge and experiences with others

Explore My Recent Blog Posts

Travel advice, information and inspiration from the team at The Classic Safari Company.

Holi Festival, India: What to wear and how to prepare
Holi Festival, India: What to wear and how to prepare 19 Apr 2018

Holi is a colourful, messy and chaotic Hindu party. How messy is messy? What do I wear?! Read on for our top tips on making the most of this carnival of colour!

The Maasai Cricket Warriors
The Maasai Cricket Warriors 6 Feb 2016

Who are the Maasai Cricket Warriors? Formed in 2009 the Maasai Warriors took up cricket for social change. Dressed in traditional tribal attire they tour the world playing cricket to raise awareness on social issues in Kenya.....

Threads of Rajasthan 2015
Threads of Rajasthan 2015 11 Sep 2015

Christina Sumner OAM leads a specialist interest, escorted journey through captivating Rajasthan