Rwandans and Ugandans take a lot of pride in their appearance, visitors should try to look as clean and neat as possible. In the main cities (Kigali and Kampala) women and men will generally wear western style fashions. However, in rural areas, clothing tends to be conservative.
Women should be mindful of skirt length with below the knee being preferred. In Rwanda, capri or full trousers are acceptable. In Uganda, longer skirts and dress lengths are preferred. In Rwanda and Uganda, tops should be modest, avoid low cut, cropped and backless tops.
Men do not wear shorts in a work environment. As far as possible, you should dress as you would for school in Scotland; light weight trousers, shirts and smart shoes are acceptable.
GLP Alumni: “Cool and loose fitting. Be respectful at all times, capped sleeves are best for females. The weather in my community was dry and between 23-28 degrees C. Dress is conservative. I wore a knee length dress to work and long trousers and t-shirts at the weekend.”