Buhlebethu Ncube, known as Buhle, was born and bred in Zimbabwe’s second largest city, Bulawayo. She is currently working as a Manager for Wilderness Safaris’ Little Makalolo in Hwange National Park.
While Buhle grew up in the city, she spent all her school holidays at her rural home in Kezi, close to the Matobo National Park, home of the Matopos Hills. From the outset she really enjoyed the serene environment of her “second” home where she was able to explore nature and fall asleep to the sounds of wildlife at night. This is where her love for the bush began.
After completing her studies at Solusi University, just outside Bulawayo, where Buhle obtained a degree in Marketing, she was offered a job working for a Non-Governmental Organisation in Pretoria, South Africa. Here, she managed a project on Climate Change where she researched ways in which to combat or reduce the effects of global warming on our continent. She was also responsible for finding solutions and initiating programmes for conserving the environment. This work was imperative to her as a person and was the driver in shaping her future, and why she is finding Wilderness Safaris so rewarding.
In 2011, Buhle decided to “reconnect” with her childhood dream of living in the bush and working for an ecotourism company. After learning about Wilderness Safaris, she applied to the organisation and was offered a position as a trainee manager. Buhle has proudly risen through the ranks in a fairly short space of time. After three months of training, she became an Assistant Manager for Davison’s Camp in Hwange National Park, and her obvious self-motivation and hard work paid off very quickly as she was promoted to Little Makalolo as Manager soon after. Her job entails camp administration, guest liaison, staff training and overseeing camp cleanliness and general maintenance.
Buhle says, “Managerial jobs are still rare for women in this country but women like myself are working hard to remove the stigma that only men can be in such high-ranking positions. I am a self-motivated, result-driven and hardworking woman who believes that one can do almost anything one wants in life, as long as one puts one’s whole spirit to it. As Camp Manager I strive to give guests a memorable stay and I feel that the experience I have had at Wilderness Safaris, coupled with my degree, helps me deliver top-class service and is a reason why we so often see guests coming back year after year.”