What to Wear in Africa

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


Bostwana has 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.


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.


The key when traveling to Ethiopia is to stick to casual and comfortable clothing. Dress down rather than up here.


Casual, comfortable clothes are a must when travelling in Gambia. The local way of life is very laid back and relaxed.


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


Ugandans are very relaxed and most types of clothing are acceptable. We suggest you pack for comfort rather than fashion.


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


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


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