Herbert Byaruhanga is recognized as the Managing Director of Bird Uganda Safaris, LTD, a distinguished figure within the realm of East African Bird Guides. His company presents a captivating array of birding and wildlife tours across Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, and more.
He is affectionately referred to as “Papa” due to his substantial role in mentoring and empowering young individuals, notably students, with a strong emphasis on women and youth.
With a substantial background spanning over 28 years in field guiding, Herbert is wholeheartedly committed to fostering professionalism within Uganda’s tourism sector.
His influence is felt as the premier trainer for tourist guides, particularly Bird Guides in East Africa. BirdLife International has endorsed him as an Accredited Bird Guide Trainer. His influence extends to training numerous tour managers, directors, and regional governmental officials.
Herbert remains a steadfast advocate for women in the tourism sector. In 2013, he founded the Women Birders Club and spearheads the upcoming International Conference for Women Birders, slated for December 6th – 8th, 2023 in Uganda. His belief in the transformative power of educating and training girls is inspired by his position as the firstborn in a family of eight siblings.
His dedication to regional tourism development has propelled him to leadership positions such as President of the Confederation of the Uganda Tourism Associations, Chairman of the Tourism and Hospitality Sector Skills Council, and Secretary of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators.
Herbert is not only the founder of significant entities like the Uganda Safari Guides Association, Uganda Bird Guides Club, and Uganda Cultural Guides Club but also leads the organizing committee of the East African Tourist Guides Associations. He is deeply engaged in shaping Uganda’s youth through the Young Birder Association and is the preeminent trainer of Rangers and Nature Guides within Uganda’s National Parks.
He holds a B.A. in Tourism Management from Makerere University, Kampala, as well as a high diploma in Tourism, accompanied by certificates in Tourist Guiding and Advanced Motoring.
A distinguished speaker, Herbert is a sought-after presence at global travel events like the UK Bird Fair, World Travel Market, Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival (SCBWF), Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival, South East Birding Festival Arizona, Bird Festival India, Colombia, Ecuador, Galapagos, Alaska, and beyond.
His American Birding Association area list boasts over 400 species, reflecting his extensive travels throughout the United States. Herbert’s unwavering belief in the individual agency to shape destiny through actions and relationships fuels his daily commitment to helping others attain their goals on their transformative journey.