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USAGA is a Professional Association of trained and Certified Safari/Field Guides in Uganda
Uganda Safari Guides Association (USAGA) is the umbrella association of all tourist guides and guides' clubs in Uganda.
USAGA is the only tourist guides association officially recognized by the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage in Uganda.
USAGA is an association intended mainly for professional tour guides. The association brings together safari guides and sub groups for specialist skills - birding, butterfly, cultural tourism etc.
USAGA evolved from the defunct Uganda Tourist Driver Guides Association which was first established in 1995. The driver guides association however faced a lot of resistance from tour operators which forced many members to leave the association after facing threats of dismissal from their employers. This however did not stop the progress. In 1999, Uganda Bird guides club (UBGC) was then formed primarily to bring together bird guides in the country.
In 2000, the idea f a safari guides association was mooted and strongly supported by some existing members of the bird guides club. USAGA is now formally registered with the registrar of companies as a company limited by guarantee without a share capital. By 2005 USAGA was formally recognised by the Ministry of Tourism.
Some members of USAGA own tour companies and can arrange their own tours and thus effectively act as tour operators.
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