About Us

About Bird Uganda

Are you looking for a remarkable and memorable birding tour? Do you want to do a successful Mountain Gorilla tracking in Africa? Or do want an incredible tour organized by the local expert?

A lot of birders are usually looking for the local experts due to the authenticity of their local knowledge about birds, birding and getting around.  It Is for this reason that Bird Uganda Safaris will offer you a dream come true service.

Bird Uganda Safaris is owned by Herbert Byaruhanga and his Wife Doreen Birungi.

How did it start?

It was in the year 2000 on the road from Bwindi Forest when my friend Gerald Bertrand the then chairman of Birdlife International  and Leventis Taso the then Treasurer that suggested to me to start my own company and also go for a training of trainers course of bird guides in South Africa . This was during the Pan African Ornithological Congress where I  had organized the local bird guides in Uganda to offer free services to all the participants. Jerry and Taso realized I was very committed to birding and nature conservation awareness and would still have a big task  ahead of me that would not be tolerated by any employer.

By end of 2002, the company had been formed and registered with the Registrar of Companies.  It was in this year that I got the first clients  8 members the Royal Society for the Protection of birds ( RSPB ) who produced a trip report that hitherto has remained a reference point.

We have managed to increase clients from 8 to over 100 dedicated birders per  year.

We have been able to earn international reputation due to our dedicated services to our clients.  Of the many we have served,  we have Mass Audubon society  USA, Vent Bird Tours USA,  Tropical Birding Tours – World Wide,  Peregrine Bird Tours Australia, Avian Journeys USA, Sandpiper Journeys USA, Mark Pretty Nature Tours USA, African Geographic South Africa,

Whom do we employ?

We now employ our own best trained guides.  We ensure that we only take the number of tours that we can manage. Bird guides are still very few in the country.

What Else do we offer.

It is indeed gratifying to offer a service to the community for the good of your country. From 2001 after training as a trainer of bird guides, Herbert Byaruhanga has been instrumental in training bird guides, nature guides, Women birders, tourist driver guides and has recently started the Young birders club.  He has trained tourist guides in both Rwanda and Uganda and this has  earned him the different titles eg  “ Papa of tourism and  the Birdman”.  He also conducts short courses for the tour operators on product packaging and costing.

Our international activities.

Since 2006 we are increasingly becoming common at the Birding festivals and convention through out the United states and Europe. Bird Uganda Safaris was the first birding company  from Uganda to exhibit at the American Birding Convention in Maine Bangor in 2006.     Our subsequent participation in similar festivals  has continuously kept us in touch with many American Birders in both USA and Alaska.   As a result, hundreds of American Birders have been to Uganda and Rwanda with our services some of which have made  return visits.


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Managing Director of Bird Uganda Safaris, LTD

Herbert Byaruhanga is 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.

Herbert is affectionately known as “Papa,” or father of tourism, in Uganda. He has dedicated himself to building the professional tourism capacity of his home country 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, Uganda Cultural Guides Club, and leads the organizing committee of the East African Tourist Guides Associations.
He is actively involved in developing Uganda’s youth through its Young Birder association.
Herbert holds a B. A. in Tourism Management from Makerere University, Kampala. He holds a high diploma in Tourism and certificates in Tour Guiding and Advanced Motoring.

He 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 is often spotted at global travel shows such as the UK BirdFair, World Travel Market, Space Coast Bird & Wildlife Festival, and Rio Grande Valley Birding & Nature Festival

Herbert has traveled extensively throughout the United States and has gathered over 400 species on his American Birding Association area list.