NOXY DARES TO GO WHERE MANY WOMEN WOULD NOT
When most are concerned about looking the part and frequenting hot spots located in the many skyscrapers towering the Gaborone skies, she is comfortable in khakis and hiking boots attending to conservation matters far away from the bright lights of the city.
Noxy Mpofu, 36, is the general manager at Selinda Camp, a 5-star lodge in the Okavango Delta.
“I am passionate about wildlife and conservation matters. I am inspired by Beverly and Dereck Joubert who love conservation.”
It however comes, as no surprise that Mpofu would be content with living in settings many would not so easily give up their comfortable city lifestyles for.
She is ordinary woman, always ready and willing to challenge herself.
“Experience is a great teacher and through this I have learnt to be self reliant, driven and focused on what I wish to achieve.”
Skydiving, marathons and basketball are some of her most enjoyable pastimes.
Mpofu studied at Cape Technikon and has been in the hospitality industry since she was 16.
So far she has worked for the Peermont group as the Food and Beverage manager, at the GrandPalm Resort and Convention Centre and she was the Metcourt Inn General Manager at Francistown before she became the General Manager at the pristine Great Plains; Selinda Camp in the Okavango Delta.
Selinda offers a marvel in the animal herd that includes the largest herds of elephant and buffalo left in these parts in Southern Africa.
Set in the ancient waterway which flows in two directions; reaching the vast Okavango Delta in the South and with the Linyanti wetlands in the west.
The magical paradise offers the perfect getaway for a clientele wishing to set sight on magical sunsets and enjoy delightful days in tranquil surroundings.
The luxurious camp prides itself in the hearty home grown meals they serve their guests.
“It is a truly amazing place to be and there is nothing like it,” saysMpofu.
Although she can recount many memorable periods working in the tourism industry she beams widely at some of the once in a lifetime experiences she counts as major highlights.
“I have served heads of state at the Grand Palm; from George Bush to Michelle Obama I have taken care of all of them. There is a specific kind of skill and grounding one needs to be able to diligently do their work and I pride myself in being the best. It is a huge responsibility to be in charge of somebody’s experience. It is personal and extends to how our beloved people and county are viewed hence I go all out. It certainly does not feel like a job but rather a calling. I absolutely love it.
Although she feels totally at home in the wilderness, Mpofu does admit that too much of the wild can drive one a little crazy.
“The bush is a special place where I sometimes run into wild dogs, lions and elephants while I work and that is special. However on one end I do sometimes miss bright lights of the city, restaurants and spending time with loved ones.”
Being adaptable and being drawn to people, Mpofu says makes it easier to be working so far from home.
“Being in such a remote place means that getting supplies is a challenge and that has been my greatest test. I don’t take for granted how special it is still, as I get to awake in these amazing surroundings every day. Nothing beats this feeling.”
Mpofu encourages more young people to take pride and seek information on local travel or tourism aspects.
“Even a day self drive to a local park is a great treat. Not all discoveries need cost so much money,” She says.