Rocktail’s MB is an ardent conservationist, who chose his career out of a “love of the trees and animals that sustain tourism in the area and which the community benefits from…”
Empangeni born Mbongeni Myeni, known to us as “MB”, discovered his love for trees and animals – not to mention butterflies, grasses and insects – at a very young age. As he grew up in South Africa’s beautiful and lush KwaZulu-Natal with its coastal forests and pristine beaches, it is not at all surprising that he discovered a passion for both bush and beach.
In 1992 MB started working at Rocktail Bay Lodge as a security guard, also helping out in the guide’s department as a driver, transferring guests. In 2007 he joined the team at Rocktail Camp as a guide, since then working his way up to HOD for the Guiding Department. MB credits his understanding of the environment and ecosystems as coming from the knowledge of the elders in his community, information that has been passed down for generations.
When asked why he chose guiding, MB’s answer is plain and simple: “For the love of trees and animals that sustain tourism in the area and which the community benefits from. By doing this I am protecting the environment for years to come so that my children and their children can benefit from it in the future. That I am very proud of”.
MB’s philosophy is the essence of Wilderness Safaris ecotourism ethos, namely the 4 C’s of Commerce, Conservation, Community and Culture.
We now welcome MB to the management team as Activities Manager at Rocktail Camp – this all as a result of his dedication to the wilderness, as well as to Wilderness, the company.