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?
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.....
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.