Echilus Baijuka – “Echy”
Echy was born in the district of Kibale and is of the Munyoro tribe. He began his education at the Paraa Primary School, then went to Hoima for secondary school and finally completed his schooling in Masindi.
Shortly after, in 2008 Echy joined the Wild Frontiers team at Murchison Falls as a trainee skipper-guide. Under the mentorship of the Boats Manager there, Echy trained to become a fishing and river guide. Over the years, as he learnt about the park and its varied flora and fauna, he was promoted to a full skipper and lead boat guide. In 2013 he achieved the world record for the Nile Perch he landed at 113kg!
With his experience and knowledge of the park, positive attitude and easy way, Echy became very popular with clients and often was requested for by Wild Frontiers’ repeat clients. His interest in tour guiding encouraged him to apply for further training by Wild Frontiers. In 2017 Echy was moved to the South west of Uganda, where he is now based and has since been guiding fly-in clients to both Ishasha (in the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park) and Buhoma Lodge in Bwindi Forest.
Echy has received a certificate in boat handling & operations by Wild Frontiers in 2014, first aid training by The Uganda Red Cross Society in 2010 and 2016 and by Wilderness First Aid in Tanzania in 2013. Since 2015 he has also become a certified guide Level II by the Uganda Safari Guides Association.
In his free time Echy enjoys sport fishing and bird watching, but also watching a good football match with friends!