The Uganda Safari Guides Association (USAGA) was formed in 2000 by tour guides and specialists of tourism sub-activities such as birding, butterflies, reptiles, and cultural tourism, to provide a platform to increase their visibility and recognition as key actors in the tourism industry. USAGA was formally registered as a company limited by guarantee on 14th May 2004, and has since grown in membership and is recognized as the umbrella association of all tour guides and associated clubs in Uganda.
USAGA’s organizational structure is governed by the General Assembly whose authority is delegated to the Executive Committee and operationalized through a secretariat based in Kampala. USAGA membership includes ordinary, corporate and associate members, and with 600 individuals currently registered as ordinary members.
USAGA through its secretariat offers a range of services to its members including; Training for tour guides, Classification and grading system for Guides, Networking, exposure and learning activities, Dissemination of information and knowledge on developments in the tourism industry, Lobby and advocacy to improve the image of guiding services, and Job recommendations to members, among other services. Over the past 10 years, USAGA has actively lobbied Government for policy recognition and the results are evident in the inclusion of guides’ fraternity in the Tourism Master Plan. USAGA works closely with Uganda Wildlife Authority and Uganda Tourism Board, and has also gained industry recognition as demonstrated with the Uganda Hotel Owners’ Association (UHOA) members offering special rates to tour guides visiting their hotels. USAGA holds membership to the Uganda Tourism Association and the Federation of East Africa Tour Guides Association.