Harare, Zimbabwe: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Harare, Zimbabwe? If you're planning to go to Harare, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Harare, Zimbabwe

Based on the climate and weather in Harare, the best time to go is September. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Harare, Zimbabwe by month

January

If you vacation in Harare during January, you are likely to find that it is a perfect temperature, very rainy and somewhat stormy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 60s F (high 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Light footwear
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Dresses
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Rain coat
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sandals

February

February in Harare is a perfect temperature and somewhat rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 60s F (low 20s C) to high 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Light footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage

March

If you visit Harare during March, you are likely to find that it is a perfect temperature and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 60s F (mid 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts or short pants
  • Light footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Skirts
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Umbrella
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof luggage

April

If you vacation in Harare during April, you are likely to find that it is a perfect temperature. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

Humidity is generally around 50 during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Umbrella
  • Sandals
  • Light footwear
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Skirts
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Rain coat

May

May is balmy, somewhat hazy and dry with little rain. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Light footwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts or short pants

June

June for Harare is mild, very hazy and dry with little rain. Temperatures average in the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Pants or jeans
  • Dresses
  • Socks
  • Standard footwear
  • Long skirts
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Light jacket or fleece

July

July in Harare is balmy, extremely hazy and very dry with almost no rain. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 40s F (single digits C).

With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 30% to 40% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Socks
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Long skirts
  • Dresses

August

August in Harare is balmy, extremely hazy and very dry with almost no rain. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 50s F (single digits C).

With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 30% to 40% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Light footwear
  • Shorts or short pants

September

If you are traveling to Harare in September, you will notice that it is a perfect temperature, extremely hazy and very dry. Daytime temperatures are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • Light footwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses

October

If you visit Harare during October, you are likely to find that it is a perfect temperature and very hazy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 30 and 40% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Light footwear
  • Sandals
  • Rain coat

November

If you are traveling to Harare in November, you will notice that it is pretty consistently hot, somewhat rainy and somewhat hazy. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time.

Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Rain coat
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Light footwear
  • Skirts

December

December for Harare is a perfect temperature, very rainy and somewhat stormy. Temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day. It rains about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Light footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Harare, Zimbabwe

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Harare, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types D and G
  • A SIM card that works in Harare
  • Appropriate museum wear

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