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.