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Emmanuel Mkenda

Mkenda, as he is known, was born in Iringa, Tanzania between Ruaha and Selous Game Reserves. After finishing high school, he attended Mbegani Fisheries College where he obtained his fisheries diploma. He worked as the Coordinator for a Fish Farming Project for more than three years. He then took a safari guide training course through Conservation Corporation Africa. He enjoyed being a Head Ranger in lodges and camps for four years, before continuing as a private guide in 2001.

Mkenda has received our Guide of Year twice, in 2012 and previously in 2007. He continuously strives to set higher standards in the field as a guide, as well as excelling in his higher education having graduated with a degree in tourism in 2012. Mkenda visited the USA in 2010 as a guest speaker on the AAC "Call of Africa" roadshows, and he now is a much requested tour leader for private trips.

He is married and has two children, Doris born in late 1996 and Steve born in late 2000. He enjoys traveling, bird watching and sports.

Client Feedback

Mkenda, our guide, was absolutely outstanding. He was enthusiastic, energetic and highly knowledgeable. He took his cues from our interests and our reactions and indications of what we wanted to do and see most. He really took good care of us. As some of our friends consider doing a similar trip (especially after hearing our descriptions and seeing our photos) we will be certain to recommend Mkenda highly!

All of the arrangements went off flawlessly - from the time we landed till the time we took off, we felt that everything went without a hitch…
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Anagha Dandekar
What made the safari so successful may be attributed to our guides/drivers: Mkenda, Robert, George, and Daniel. They were superb! They were knowledgeable, informative, openly friendly, and very professional. And they all worked so hard to see that everything ran smoothly, that we saw as much wildlife as possible (their ability to spot an animal in the distance or camouflaged nearby was truly remarkable), that we were safely transported from one camp to another despite the bumpy roads (it was sometimes fun, actually). Their rapport and interaction with the children were enjoyable to watch as well as heartwarming. And the kids actually paid attention to their narratives, as they were able to answer correctly when they were quizzed later.Read More 
Verna Young


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