Fashion & Textiles

Key Information

This Venture Uganda fashion and textiles study tour combines some of the fascinating aspects of Ugandan fashion and textiles with an amazing wildlife and cultural safari. Learn about traditional and contemporary clothing, fabrics, crafts, art and design while taking in  the stunning scenery, animal and bird life and the wonderfully warm people. Students may also be able to make contacts for later dissertation research or to help in their search for post-graduation employment. The tour has an academic manager who will lead the sessions and visits, hold regular discussions about the activities done and assess final group presentations reflecting on learning during the tour.

Dates: 4th – 14th June 2014 (if you have a group who would like to take this study tour at another time, please complete our Enquiry Form).

Minimum group size: 15

Application deadline: 31 March 2014

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Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe International Airport in evening
Day 2: Travel approximately 5 hours south west to Kalisizo, stopping en route at the equator
Day 3:  Visit community tourism initiatives making crafts/bead work and bark cloth
Day 4:  Travel to Queen Elizabeth national park via the Kichwamba escarpment overlooking the Albertine Rift Valley. Evening game drive.
Day 5: Optional morning chimp tracking and afternoon boat cruise on Kazinga Channel
Day 6:Visit a local cotton producing factory and raffia dying and basket weaving
Day 7: Return to Kampala
Day 8: Visit Bitenge (traditional fabric) tailor and batik maker
Day 9: Visit to a Kampala fashion house and meet with designers & staff
Day 10: Visit the Buganda Kingdom to learn about their traditional ceremonial wear and Kampala art galleries and craft markets
Day 11: Travel to Entebbe. Spend the afternoon by a hotel pool. Evening flight home



$1845 per person incl. 1 chimp permit
$1795 per person without a chimp permit


  • Uganda airport transfers
  • professional programme of speakers, visits and academic activities
  • a private vehicle with driver & fuel for itinerary
  • budget twin-share or dormitory accommodation (non-air conditioned), including safari tents
  • breakfast and lunch each with a soft drink and mineral water on long journeys. You are free to eat where and what you like for supper everyday.
  • all entrance and other fees for the activities included in the itinerary
  • limit of 1 large rucksack and 1 small day pack per person
  • all government taxes


  • Flights (we partner with Brussels Airlines to get you a 10% discount)
  • Entry and/or transit visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal items such as bar drinks and laundry services
  • Gifts, crafts & other personal shopping
  • Tips and gratuities (5-10% is normal in restaurants/lodges. The level of tips for guides is up to you.)


If you would like to stay on in Uganda after your tour, there are lots of things to see and do. Here are just a few suggestions but please feel free to contact us for more:

Jinja – adventure capital of Uganda. White water rafting, kayaking, bungee jumping, quad biking, horse riding, mountain biking, river/lake cruises, fishing, Source of the Nile, bird watching, forest walks.

Murchison Falls national park safari: Game drives, boat cruise for game & bird viewing. Climb up to the top of the falls for amazing views over the river and park. Chimp tracking. Rhino sanctuary en route to Murchison.

Kampala: craft village, art galleries, Uganda museum, sight-seeing e.g. Ba’hai temple, watch and play sports, shooting club, cinema, bird watching, vibrant nightlife, relax poolside, traditional dance performance, market visits,

Entebbe: beaches, wildlife education centre (former zoo) including forest walk, botanical gardens,  restaurants, relax by the swimming pool, fried fish fresh from the lake, island chimp sanctuary,

Sesse Islands: relax on golden, sandy beaches, water sports such as wind surfing and jet skiing, local walking trails, bird watching, fishing, mountain biking, boat cruises

Lake Mburo national park safari: one of only two Ugandan parks with zebra, other game and birdlife, boat cruise, night and day game drives, nature walk, mountain biking, cultural visits

Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable national park. Buy a permit for one day. Track a gorilla family through the forest and spend an hour watching these enchanting creatures eat, play, groom and even sleep.


Prices are based on two people sharing twin/double rooms on a full-board basis in budget accommodation. We are happy to quote for groups. A single room supplement will apply.

If available, most hotels and lodges charge extra for air-conditioned rooms so if you would like AC please note this on your booking form.

The hotels included in this package depend upon availability. Once we receive your booking we will check availability and should we find them fully booked we will offer you an alternative of the same standard for your approval.

Bookings can be made on our Booking Form and are subject to our Booking Conditions including our cancellation policy.

Payment: a 50% deposit is required upon booking, along with full payment for gorilla and chimp permits, with the final payment due 70 days before the start of the trip. Prices are charged in USD.

Payment can be made by bank transfer. Beware of email fraudsters – we will never ask you to pay by any other means such as Western Union or MoneyGram Transfer.