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Got a Trip Planned to Zimbabwe? Here’s What to Wear

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Got a trip planned to Zimbabwe? Zimbabwe can be fun to visit any time of year, but you'll want to make sure you're dressed right. The weather is warm and dry year-round, with temperatures averaging around 78°F (that's 26°C). So what should you wear so you can stay comfy and fit in with the local vibe?

To make the most of your trip to Zimbabwe, a good rule of thumb is to pack comfortable clothing that you can layer. Loose-fitting clothing in breathable fabrics will keep you cool in warmer weather, while a light jacket or cardigan will come in handy for cooler days or evenings. And if you plan on doing any sightseeing, be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Nothing like a nasty blister to ruin a good vacation, right?

In just a second, I'll share my specific recommendations for exactly what to wear in Zimbabwe—whether you're touring the Victoria Falls, exploring the Zimbabwe Ruins, or going on a safari.

Editor's note: Zimbabwe is in the tropics, which means seasons like summer, winter, spring, and fall don't apply. Most tropical destinations do have a wet and a dry season, but temperatures are typically warm year round.

What to wear for a trip to Zimbabwe

What should women wear in Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe is generally warm, and there are a few key items you'll want to pack. Here's what I definitely wouldn't go without: lightweight comfortable shoes, cute sundresses, loose-fitting clothing, sandals, and jeans. With these essentials, you’ll be all set to experience everything Zimbabwe has to offer.

Lightweight comfortable shoes

Traveling can be tough on your feet. You're constantly on the move, walking through airports and down crowded streets. And even if you're just sitting on a plane or in a car, your feet can start to swell after hours of being confined in one position. That's why it's important to pack comfortable, lightweight shoes that won't add too much weight to your luggage. But how do you know which shoes are right for Zimbabwe? Look for ones made from breathable materials like mesh or canvas. They should also have good arch support and a cushioned sole to help reduce fatigue.

Don't have anything suitable? Grab one of these:

Cute sundresses

Packing for a trip can be tricky, especially if you're trying to pack light. However, one item that is always worth packing is a cute sundress. Sundresses are not only incredibly versatile, but they also tend to be very comfortable in hot weather. For instance, you can wear a sundress to the beach as a coverup, or dress it up with some jewelry for a nice dinner out. Plus, sundresses come in such a wide range of styles, so it's easy to find one that flatters your figure. When shopping for a sundress, look for one that is made from breathable fabric and has a flattering cut. And don't forget to pack a cardigan or shawl to go with it in case it gets chilly in the evening.

Here are a few of my top picks:

Loose-fitting clothing

When packing for Zimbabwe, it's important to choose clothing that will keep you cool and comfortable. Loose-fitting clothes are ideal, as they allow air to circulate around your body and help to regulate your temperature. Look for lightweight fabrics such as cotton or linen, which will help you to stay cool even in the hottest weather. When choosing colors, stick to light shades which will reflect rather than absorb heat. And don't forget to pack a few items that can be mixed and matched to create different looks. With a little planning, you can ensure that you'll be comfortable and stylish no matter what the weather is like on your trip.

Any of these should work:

Sandals

While many people think of sandals as nothing more than summertime shoes, they can actually be a versatile and practical option for year-round travel to warmer destinations. For one thing, they're comfortable and easy to wear, which is ideal for exploring Zimbabwe. They also offer good ventilation, which is important in hot weather. Just bear in mind that sandals should provide good support for your feet and ankles, which you need to help to prevent injuries.

I found these which would all work great:

Jeans

You just cannot go wrong with a good pair of jeans. They're comfortable, versatile, and easy to care for—not to mention they always look great. Whatever you're doing in Zimbabwe, jeans will always come in handy. Of course, not all jeans are created equal. Be sure to choose a pair that's comfortable and flattering. If you'll be doing a lot of walking, look for a light-weight denim that won't weigh you down. And if you're hoping to dress up for a nice dinner out, a dark wash denim will always do the trick.

This is the kind of thing I mean:

What should men wear in Zimbabwe?

For guys, here's the list of essentials I recommend you start with: cargo shorts, button-down shirts or polos, sneakers or loafers, chinos, and sandals. With these in your suitcase, I guarantee you will enjoy your trip to Zimbabwe in comfort and style.

Cargo shorts

Cargo shorts are comfortable, have plenty of pockets for storing all your essentials, and they can be easily dressed up or down. They are also extremely versatile—wear them on the beach, on a hike, or even out to dinner. Having ample storage for your passport, your phone, and your wallet is very useful in Zimbabwe. Also, pick a pair that comes in a neutral color. This will ensure they can be easily paired with any top or sneaker.

These options are both stylish and comfy:

Button-down shirts or polos

Button-down shirts or polos are always a good idea to pack. They don't wrinkle easily and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. They're also perfect for layering when the weather gets cooler at night. Pick ones that are comfortable and breathable, and ideally lightweight too. It's also a good idea to choose neutral colors like white, black, or blue as they can be easily teamed with other pieces in your wardrobe.

I found these which would all work great:

Sneakers or loafers

Sneakers or loafers are essential for visiting Zimbabwe. They're comfortable, versatile, and easy to pack. And, when you're on your feet all day, they can help prevent aches and pains. But how do you know which sneakers or loafers to pack? If you'll be doing a lot of walking, opt for a sneaker with good arch support and cushioning. And don't forget style! Sneakers and loafers come in countless colors and designs, so pick something that goes with the rest of your outfits.

Why not treat yourself before you go:

Chinos

Chinos are the perfect travel companion. They're comfortable, they don't wrinkle, and they go with everything. Plus, they can be dressed up or down, making them the perfect versatile piece for Zimbabwe. You'll thank yourself when you have something reliable to wear on those long days of exploring. When choosing chinos, try to pick a neutral color like khaki or olive green. These colors will go with everything so you'll only need a pair or two.

I found these which would all work great:

Sandals

While many people think of sandals as nothing more than summertime shoes, they can actually be a versatile and practical option for year-round travel to warmer destinations. For one thing, they're comfortable and easy to wear, which is ideal for exploring Zimbabwe. They also offer good ventilation, which is important in hot weather. Just bear in mind that sandals should provide good support for your feet and ankles, which you need to help to prevent injuries.

Here are some of my favorites:

FAQs

When is the best time to go to Zimbabwe?

The best time to go to Zimbabwe is during the country's dry season, which runs from roughly April to September. During this period, the weather is generally dry and sunny, making it ideal for exploring everything Zimbabwe has to offer. That said, you can often avoid the crowds and find a great bargain on hotels and airfares outside of the peak season—the only real downside is getting caught in the occasional monsoon downpour.

How do people typically dress in Zimbabwe?

The way people dress in Zimbabwe varies widely depending on the region and the cultural influences present. In some areas, traditional dress is still widely worn, while in others, more modern styles have become popular. However, there are some commonalities when it comes to fashion in Zimbabwe. Bright colors are often abundant, as are patterns and prints. Fabrics such as cotton and linen are very common, as they are both comfortable and practical in the hot climate.

What should you NOT wear in Zimbabwe?

There are no specific restrictions on what you should wear in Zimbabwe. It's fine to dress casually when out and about, although it's still important to be respectful of cultural norms—especially when visiting sites of historical or religious significance. Some places may have their own dress code, so be sure to follow any local guidelines.

I hope these recommendations for what to wear in Zimbabwe will help make your visit unforgettable. Now that you have a better idea of what clothing to take, it's time to pack your suitcase—and then go ahead and enjoy everything Zimbabwe has to offer!