Herbert Byaruhanga is the Managing Director of Bird Uganda Safaris Ltd. and one of Uganda’s most distinguished tour guides. His company offers a variety of birding and wildlife tours of the most naturally resplendent regions of Uganda and Rwanda.
I have followed Herbert’s work with great interest. His photographs of birds are always a delightful treat. Affectionately known as “Papa,” or father of tourism in Uganda, Herbert has dedicated himself to building Uganda’s professional tourism capacity and is the leading trainer for tourist guides in Uganda and Rwanda.
He is the Founder of Uganda Safari Guides Association, Uganda Bird Guides Club and Uganda Cultural Guides Club. He is also actively involved in developing Uganda’s youth through its Young Birder Association.
Born near the Queen Elizabeth National Park in Western Uganda, Herbert was active in the wildlife club in his primary school and took leadership roles in his church and community youth clubs. Herbert holds a BA degree in Tourism Management from Makerere University, Kampala and a higher Diploma in Tourism as well as certificates in Tour Guiding and Advanced Motoring.
A favoured bird guide for birders from the U.S., UK, Europe, Australia and South Africa, Herbert travels broadly as a guest speaker on the topics of Birding in Uganda, Avitourism Development in Uganda, Conservation & Birding in Uganda, and Bird Guide Training.
He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and has gathered over 400 species on his American Birding Association area list. He is often spotted at global travel shows such as the UK Bird Fair, World Travel Market, Space Coast Bird & Wildlife Festival, and Rio Grande Valley Birding & Nature Festival.
Herbert established the Bronze, Silver and Gold grading system for tourist guides in Uganda and he was the founder of Uganda Safari Guides Association, Uganda Bird Guides Club, Uganda Cultural Guides Club, Uganda Women Birders Club, Uganda Young Birders Club and Bird Uganda Safaris Limited.
He was a member of the organizing Committee of the Federation of East African Tourist Guides Associations, a member of the East African Tourism Federation, and a board member of several organizations in the hotel and tourism industries.
To say that I have been greatly impressed by Herbert’s work and contribution to East Africa’s tourism industry is to state the obvious. He is my kind of person, for he is serving a cause that is bigger than him, one that will be enjoyed by generations not yet born.
A visit to www.birduganda.com, his organization’s website, tells the story of Herbert’s outstanding contribution better than I can with words.