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Africa > Kenya > Mombasa > Useful Info
Submitted on Apr 04, 2021 Useful Info

Dressing code for men in Mombasa

  • Mombasa is a coastal town in a tropical climate experiences high temperatures throughout the year.
  • The city also experiences its long rains between the months of March to May and also during the short rains between October to November.
  • During the rainy season, the city is usually wet hence the dressing code is quite different from the rest of the year.
  • The coastal town of Mombasa is generally an Islam community hence much of the dressing is dictated by the Islamic culture.
  • That being said, however, if a person dresses formally, there is no problem with the local community.
  • As a tourist, if you wish to visit the Mosques and areas of worship, a 'Kanzu' which is a white gown can be worn.
  • The Kanzu is usually worn with a traditional hat that is taken off during prayers.
  • Because of the hot weather conditions, open shoes are mostly appreciated.
  • For those who like to see some of the historical sites that existed before the colonial periods, traditional clothing will be required such as animal skin.
  • Do not worry as some of these clothes you will get at the historical sites.
  • For those who would simply like to stroll around the city, light items of clothing can be worn.
  • These include probably a t-shirt and a pair of shorts that go with open shoes.
  • The open shoes are really beneficial as the city is mostly sandy and it is frustrating to get sand in your shoes every time you walk.
  • A pair of sunglasses and a hat are important as they help protect you from the sun which is quite often glaring.
  • Having sunscreen is the final piece since it is very easy to get tan lines when out and about or when basking on the sandy shores.

Finally, have a swimsuit, because it would be quite impossible not to get into the inviting ocean.