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Please note that a knowledgeable guide is a key to the success of any organised birdwatching trip. And for independent birdwatchers with high expectations, hiring a local guide is highly beneficial if you are increasing the chances of seeing the less common and very localised species, contributes directly to the local economy and creates an incentive to the protection of birds.
Our guides are chosen very carefully on merit. They are personable, knowledgeable with interesting academic and professional backgrounds who have all the skills to conduct an extended birding tour professionally and to make sure every individual has a great time.
Our professional local birding guides have grown up within their areas of guiding (Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda), chasing after birds and small mammals as children. They have gone through Bird, Cultural, Wildlife, and general tour guiding courses and belong to regional guides clubs. In Uganda, they are members of the Uganda Bird Guides Club (UBGC), Uganda Cultural Guides Club (UCGC) and Uganda Safari Guides Association (USAGA) which is the umbrella association for all guides’ clubs in the country.
Our Knowledgeable Birding guides fluently speak English, and there is hardly a question they are likely not to answer. They will guide you on your excursion, tour, safari to all the birding spots included in the itinerary and work to the best of theirs for every member of the group to see a specific bird at the spot. Their expertise guarantees leading you to sought-after species, hence an excellent experience.
We emphasise quality bird watching tours: The primary aim of our guides is to show you those birds which are remarkable and elusive; the likes of the endemics, restricted-range, endangered, vulnerable and threatened.
Prossy has been privileged from childhood! She was able to grow up off the towns where she got exposed to learning many birds by their local names. These birds, her tribe conserves in a manner of honouring them as clan totems. Keen prossy, picked birds by which trees and thickets they loved. After doing her diploma of tourism, she quickly looked for the section that kept her with nature which she believes is the home she can ever know and found her way to Mpanga forest. This forest is under the management of the National Forestry Authority and lies approximately forty minutes drive west of Kampala. At Mpanga forest, she practised birds, trees and butterflies as this was going to be her everyday life- looking at nature with visiting tourists. Eight years as a site guide at Mpanga Forest, she understood the forest and wildlife by heart. Through a few pieces of training with Uganda Safari Guides Association along with birding and nature walks with the country’s top naturalists, she has generated a whole lot of knowledge on wildlife.
Today, Prossy is the Vice Chairperson of the Uganda Women Birder’s Club. She is outstanding evidence of changing the nation through equipping women with knowledge.
Tonny, the one with a perfect sense of humour, is a teacher by profession. A teacher who loves art a great deal and whose pieces have always been inspired by nature. Tonny has Crammy Wanyama to blame for abandoning his excellent job of transforming East Africa through teaching its people. After following Crammy’s social network posts, he believed these were the birds in their natural setting that he was meant to photograph, he, therefore, started spending a considerable portion of his time in proper natural environments to get the best coverage of birds. In the process of wondering all over the country for the most exquisite paintings, birds behaviour dragged him to becoming a bird watcher more than a painter. He started tagging on to Crammy’s scouting trips and also joined nature and conservation walks organised by Avian Safaris, Uganda Safari Guides Association, Nature Uganda, Uganda Bird Guides Club and many more. He has completed several pieces of training on birding and nature guiding that have been facilitated by the Uganda Safari Guides Association. Tonny enjoys driving, showing and teaching people birds; his sense of humour has always left a lot to be admired by our clients.
After studying a tour and travel course, Veronica was confident that travelling did not mean sitting in a beautiful office but being out in the field wondering from one place to another.
Her birding passion was catalysed by her brother Crammy Wanyama who often visited home and spoke about birds almost after every single sentence. Her lazy birding practice in the wild environments that she passionately treasured from childhood every morning picked up at a breakneck pace every time she observed unexpected bird behaviour. Veronica started joining nature walks and birding excursions that were organised by Uganda Safaris Guides association, Uganda Women Birders, Uganda Bird Guides Club, Nature Uganda which is an affiliate to BirdLife International and never missed joining the Avian Safaris’ scouting trips to the deferent parts of Uganda and Rwanda.
She has done several guiding pieces of training with USAGA and has been out on several field knowledge sharing practices with Crammy Wanyama and Herbert Byaruhanga who are some of the region’s most enthusiastic birders. Veronica leads Avian Safaris’ tours in Uganda and Rwanda.
Veronica is an actual result of the Avian Safaris conservation efforts through training women. She leaves in Kampala with her son.
Meet Crammy Wanyama a passionate birder, born and raised in Uganda. His childhood attachment to birds haunted him to adulthood amidst his adventurous character. With his business administration transcripts and spending days in a squared building offering IT solution did impress him more than being out interacting with nature. At the end of 2010, he went for an introduction to guiding training that was arranged by the Uganda Safari guides association (USAGA). On the third evening of field practice, Crammy locked eyes with a duetting pair of Black-headed Gonoleks that patched less than meters from him; this was the turning point. Anxious about the details of these birds, he came to realise that their kind of habitat is what his family and neighbours had wiped out in the name of agriculture and better human settlement! From this experience, he set 2011 a change of life year, he continuously read and attended a few conservation pieces of training to understand what he unknowingly would later share with his home people and birding clients.
In his conservation efforts, he tagged friends to come along on his practising and scouting adventures and engaged the curious kids and adults he met in the bushes while practising birds. Also, for the guiding interests, he related the bird calls he heard in the field to music tunes that played several nights in the music production studio where he spent plenty of time with his musician friends. He attached most calls to specific familiar music instruments that he had encountered. Although he appreciated colourful birds, his connections to music instruments dragged him into paying much attention to strict African families like Alaudidae (Larks) and Cisticolidae which are by far very vocal birds. This solo practice got his bird call identification to 80% by calls even before he started leading tours. This is a much easier way to find forest birds.
Crammy started Avian Safaris to speed up his conservation (with a significant focus on habitat restoration) funding efforts and has teamed up with local birding communities in the region to participate in several birding and nature excursions. He has voluntarily served on the local Bird Guides Clubs and USAGA. USAGA on different occasions has voted Crammy as the year’s Best Birding Guide and also the Best Guide in Uganda.
He has led several tours in the East African region for Avian Safaris, served as the head guide at Bird Uganda Safaris and has been to other destinations like Namibia with his friends of Batis Birding Safaris, Madagascar, South Africa and the USA with Tropical Birding Tours.
This fanatical naturalist loves spending time with his beautiful family when not doing tours just like he enjoys showing people birds in the field.