Ellis is born and raised in Kasese where he went to Primary school. He moved to Mpigi for secondary school and then joined Makerere University Business school (MUBS) Nakawa studying Business Administration. However, he never got to practice that due to his interest in tourism, especially cultural excursions which was born out of assisting his Dad when as a young boy he assisted him with cutting and building tourism trails in the Rwewnzori Mountain area. After studying, he joined a local tourism project in Rwenzori Mountains National Park doing Village tours, birding and nature walks for visitors. With his enthusiasm for the area and love of meeting people he made connections with guests from the surrounding hotels and lodges around the foothills of Rwenzori Mountains National Park. This developed further into taking tourists on safari excursions to other National Parks such as Queen Elizabeth, Semuliki and Lake Mburo, helping to expand his knowledge and guiding experience.
In 2014 he joined Wild Frontiers, initially as a trainee but his keen interest in guiding on the river as well as the more traditional safaris in the park was noted and he quickly became a seasoned guide for both. He has completed specialised River Boat cruising and Rescue courses as well as First Aid and Safari Guiding over the last few years. He is now based in the South West of Uganda and guides guests going gorilla trekking in the area.
During his free time, he likes to read, go bird watching and enjoys meeting new people. He speaks English fluently as well his local native language, Lukhonzo and Luganda, Rutooro and some Runyankole and Rukiga.