The Uganda tourism sector should train safari and bird guides to compete favorably in the East African common market, Achilles Byaruhanga, the Nature Uganda managing director, has said.
“Without well trained guides, Uganda would not make a mark in the regional tourism industry,” Byaruhanga said. He was speaking during the launch of the “Big Birding Day Festival” at the Uganda Museum recently. The festival was intended to create awareness about Uganda as one of the most prime tourism destinations for birding in the world, and promotion of domestic tourism.
Byaruhanga observed that since bird watchers spend longer periods of time in Uganda and spend more money than gorilla trackers; birding should be supported and promoted.
Uganda is endowed with over 1,000 bird species, representing over 10% of the global bird diversity. In Africa, Uganda is a proud home to 72% of the birds found in East Africa.
Apart from the rare birds such as the shoebill, there are many other forest, papyrus swamp and water species to see here, and birding has the potential to take over as the main tourist attractions, Byaruhanga explained.