Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo? If you're planning to go to Lubumbashi, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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

What to wear/what to pack for Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo by month

January

If you vacation in Lubumbashi during January, you are likely to find that it is extremely warm.

Temperatures tend to hover around the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 60s F (mid 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

February

February in Lubumbashi is hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

If you go to Lubumbashi in March, you will notice that it is pretty consistently hot and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain regularly. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

April

April in Lubumbashi is hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

May in Lubumbashi is pretty consistently hot and very dry with almost no rain. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 50s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

June in Lubumbashi is warm and very dry with almost no rain. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

Traveling to Lubumbashi in July, you will notice that it is warm and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

If you visit Lubumbashi during August, you are likely to find that it is pretty consistently hot and very dry with almost no rain.

Temperatures tend to hover around the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses

September

If you vacation in Lubumbashi during September, you are likely to find that it is extremely hot and very dry with almost no rain.

Temperatures tend to hover around the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 50s F (low 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Dresses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts

October

If you vacation in Lubumbashi during October, you are likely to find that it can be very hot and dry with little rain.

Temperatures tend to hover around the low 90s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Skirts

November

Traveling to Lubumbashi in November, you will notice that it can be very hot and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month. Daytime temperatures are in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Rain coat

December

December in Lubumbashi is hot. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C, D and E
  • A SIM card that works in Lubumbashi
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • Appropriate museum wear

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