Pack with confidence and avoid baggage fees - clothing tips and packing checklists for your vacation

What to Wear in Africa

Kazungula Ferry across the Zambezi between Botswana and Zambia, December

Botswana - Kazungula Ferry across the Zambezi between Botswana and Zambia, December

Santa Maria Pier in Sal

Cape Verde - Santa Maria Pier in Sal

Outside the Al Hussein Mosque, Cairo

Egypt - Outside the Al Hussein Mosque, Cairo

Beach festival at Easter

Ghana - Beach festival at Easter

Jemaa el-Fna, Main Square, Marrakech

Morocco - Jemaa el-Fna, Main Square, Marrakech

Local women working in the fields, March

Mozambique - Local women working in the fields, March

Local farm workers, in April

Namibia - Local farm workers, in April

Beach houses, Cape Town, January

South Africa - Beach houses, Cape Town, January

Local market, in October

Tanzania - Local market, in October

Camel racing at Douz

Tunisia - Camel racing at Douz

For advice on what to pack for your vacation in Africa, choose your destination country from the list below:

Botswana

This is a semi-desert climate - so it's hot during the day and cold at night.

Cape Verde

The Cape Verdeans display a wonderful cultural mix of Africa and Brazil, with a dash of Portugal. They are friendly, laid back and very tolerant.

Egypt

What you wear will depend a little on whether you are staying solely in the tourist beach resorts, or exploring the wider country. However always remember it is a Muslim country so you should respect their conservative values at all times.

Ethiopia

Casual, comfortable clothes are the key when travelling in Ethiopia. Dress down rather than up here.

Gambia

Casual, comfortable clothes are the key when travelling in The Gambia.

Ghana

Traditional values still prevail for many locals in Ghana, and showing excess flesh is not appreciated.

Kenya

Casual, comfortable clothes are the key when travelling in Kenya.

Madagascar

If you're heading to Madagascar for the wildlife spotting (and of course most people do) our advice would be to concentrate on trekking/outdoor clothing - casual and comfortable is the key.

Malawi

Malawi is said to be the next big destination. It's known as the warm heart of Africa, so expect a very friendly welcome.

Morocco

In keeping with many Muslim countries you will find that people in the capital and other major towns such as Marrakech are used to foreigners, and are therefore likely to be more liberal and more tolerant of your clothing.

Mozambique

Mozambique is fast becoming one of Africa's most popular destinations with its stunning beaches, turquoise sea and much more.

Namibia

Casual, comfortable clothes are the key. Dress down rather than up here.

Nigeria

In Nigeria casual wear is fine - tempered with the advice that in Muslim areas (including the coast) shorts and t-shirts can be frowned upon.

South Africa

The dress code is generally casual, even in most restaurants.

Tanzania

Casual, comfortable clothes are the key when travelling in Tanzania.

Tunisia

Travel in a Muslim country is very different from Europe or North America, dress modestly and cover upaway from your resort hotel.

Uganda

In Kampala and most of the bigger cities western clothes such as jeans and t-shirts are acceptable however our advice would be to avoid wearing shorts - most Ugandan women would not wear these; they wear skirts or dresses that usually cover the knees.

Zambia

Casual, comfortable clothes are the key when travelling in Zambia.

Zanzibar

This is a strong Muslim community and as tourism is very new there is no flexibility in the dress code. 

Zimbabwe

It's hot, so our advice is to pack lightweight, loose fitting clothes in natural fabrics such as linen, silk and cotton that will keep you cool and are easy to wash and dry.

Pack Light

  • Less luggage to carry
  • Save time packing and unpacking
  • Save money on baggage fees

Pack Right

  • Respect local cultures
  • Feel comfortable and confident
  • Suitable outfits for all occasions

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Don't take too many shoes would be my advice. I ended up buying a pair of cheap flip flops in Cape Town and living in those.

- Nina, Bristol UK