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Dress in East Africa for Women

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1. Posted by sonjonia (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Hi Everyone,

I am leaving for East Africa this week and I am just wondering about dress codes for women. I have heard that it is best to wear skirts out of respect for the people in these countries... does anyone have any experiences?


2. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

once you are conservatively dressed you should be okay, whether it is a long skirt or trousers, if possible have long sleeved shirts or at least no bare shoulders or upper legs..... if you have room in your backpack bring a shawl or scarf ( or pick one up cheaply when you get there), its handy to have and shows respect depending on the area....

Hope you have a great time.....

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

I just got back from Tanzania. The areas I was in were used to tourists, and the locals were not offended by people wearing shorts and T-shirts, even on Zanzibar which is mainly Islamic. I was in Marangu, Arusha, Zanzibar (Stone Town) and Kendwa (North beaches of Zanzibar).

Not sure on the less touristed places, though.