About Venture Uganda Travel

Venture Uganda Travel is a small, independent tour operator offering wildlife and cultural safaris, bird watching tours, adventure holidays and educational visits to Uganda.

The company was established by three friends who thought they could combine their knowledge and skills to run a private business, which could support local people and communities and at the same time promote Uganda to foreign visitors and challenge some of the negative stereotypes of Africa.

Our knowledge of Uganda, networks of contacts and love of nature, coupled with our attention to detail and desire to please, have enabled us to design and deliver a range of successful services for our clients over the years.

As well as wanting our guests to have the best experience possible, we also want to ensure that their visits benefit Uganda and Ugandans. So we employ Ugandan staff, use local suppliers, encourage responsible travel, contribute to the development of the tourism sector and its staff and work with local communities to support their ideas for development.

We love what we do and are proud to have very many satisfied clients, personal recommendations and repeat business.

The team

Managing Director, Lesley Harris

Lesley Harris - Managing Director in Venture Uganda

Lesley first travelled to Uganda in the mid 1990s, working as a volunteer on a large international development project in the education sector. She subsequently worked with other development organisations, both national and international, again focusing on the education sector. It was during this period that Lesley became friends with fellow director Byaruhanga Michael.

Lesley is a qualified teacher and has a MA(Econ) in Development Administration and Management. She has considerable experience of designing and delivering field classes, mainly at postgraduate level and enjoys interacting with students.

Perhaps inevitably, living in Uganda and working in tourism, Lesley has developed a keen interest in nature, bird watching and conservation alongside a continuing interest in education.

Logistics Director, Byaruhanga Michael

Byaruhanga Michael - Logistics Director in Venture Uganda

Michael is Venture’s Logistics Director and Head Guide. He draws on an extensive knowledge of Uganda, an amazing network of contacts and many years experience in the transportation and tourism sectors, to plan and deliver safaris throughout the country. Clients always enjoy his company and appreciate his vast knowledge of nature and wildlife and his ability to track animals and birds. Prior to joining tourism, Michael has a successful career in the armed forces.

A keen birder and wildlife enthusiast, he can often be found behind a pair of binoculars. He is also a keen sportsman, managing a local amateur football team and supporting his beloved Manchester United!



Jennifer O’Brien

Jennifer O'Brien - Travel Director in Venture Uganda

After contributing to the establishment of Venture Uganda while studying for a PhD in Geography, Jennifer now lectures at the University of Manchester, UK. However, she can occasionally be found visiting Uganda and remains a close friend of the directors.