Monday, April 18, 2011

A Guide Makes the Trip - Denis Erabu of Uganda!

Africa travelers venture to Uganda for the incredible variety of primates, amazing bird life, rich culture and diverse landscapes. Classic Africa Safaris offers some of the best guiding available in Uganda, as well as customized 4x4 vehicles designed specifically for the tough roads (Classic Africa has its own vehicle modification shop in Uganda). The guides at Classic Africa Safaris are truly the heart and soul of the company and are considered family.

There are a variety of camps and lodges in Uganda and many different routes to venture on, but in the end, your traveler's guide is the one who makes their journey unforgettable! Classic's guides are trained in tourism, birding and natural history, but most importantly, they are local Ugandans with a strong passion to share their country with travelers. Classic guides will make the difference on your clients safari in Uganda and tour operators in the US who have worked with Classic for years will attest to that! Denis Erabu (photo above left) is one of the guiding family at Classic Africa, read on to learn a bit about Denis.

Denis was born in Eastern Uganda, and is of the Kumam Tribe. He grew up in a rural village, where his father is a local chief. After completing secondary school, Denis moved to Kampala where he obtained his license and became an escort driver for an NGO delivering relief supplies to Southern Sudan. After 4 years, he decided to go for a career change and entered the tourism industry, pursuing a childhood interest in wildlife. Through a combination of on-the-job and formal training courses with the Queen Elizabeth Bird Observatory and Bird Life International, Denis has gained extensive knowledge as a general interest Tour Guide with a specialty in birding. He has worked as a driver/guide for the past 12 years and is a member of the Uganda Driver/Guide Association and the Uganda Birdwatching Society. In his spare time, Denis loves to read and watch wildlife documentaries. He lives in Kampala with his wife and 4 children.

Client comments:

“We also wanted to say, once again, how absolutely fantastic we thought Denis was as our guide. The success of the trip was due mostly to his knowledge, flexibility, spotting ability, and willingness to get up early, stay out late, and never stop looking at birds! I still can’t believe that literally everything we went for, we saw. It was the trip of a lifetime, and we’ll never forget it."
T. Ricketts & K. Carney, 3 April 2006.

“Denis is a top guide, excellent, organized and a fantastic driver/guide. He is worth his weight in gold!!” L. Camp, 8 June 2008.

“Denis knew everything about Uganda in particular and Africa in general. He could site birds and primates in an instant. I loved his humor. Denis has a winning smile and knew everybody throughout the trip. I knew he would be a fabulous guide from the moment he picked me up at the Entebbe airport.” M. Kashman, 7 July 2008.

“Denis is an excellent trip leader and an admirable human being. He is very knowledgeable on all aspects of the trip especially in knowing and spotting mammals and birds” T. Klassen Feb 2010

“He was terrific! You could tell he has had a lot of experience with clients – very sensitive to needs and very knowledgeable about everything”. E. Freitag Feb 2010

Photos courtesy of CAS and Bob Wenrick.

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