Cape Winelands

If you love wining and dining, the Cape Winelands will steal your heart. It's a medley of magnificence with dramatic mountain ranges, carpets of vineyards snaking in between sun-soaked valleys, and French-inspired towns.

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A Foodie and Wine Afficiando Paradise

A year-round destination, the Cape Winelands is best known for being home to South Africa's top wine farms and fine dining restaurants. It's where top chefs battle it out to get a corner restaurant, the top South African wine is produced, and its breathtaking valleys a muse to poets and artists from across the globe.

And because it is part of South Africa's Western Cape, you can rest assured that it's very gay-friendly. In fact, this is where the gay and the fabulous congregate to show off their finest attire, spill the tea, peruse the galleries and markets, and indulge in award-winning wine and cuisine.

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All Your Burning Questions About Cape Winelands Answered

How gay-friendly is the Cape Winelands?

Very! In fact, these towns are not only accepting but very welcoming to LGBTQ+ travellers! It's where people with an appreciation for the finer things in life gather, so naturally, it will attract all the fabulous folk - locals and tourists alike. Falling under South African legislation, you can rest assured that being gay is legal, gay marriage is recognised, and discrimination based on sexual orientation is illegal.

Is the Cape Winelands safe for gay couples?

Yes, yes, yes! In fact, the general Cape Town area in South Africa is extremely gay-friendly. You will find that many other gay tourists and locals alike strolling through the streets of the Cape Winelands. We won't be surprised if you encounter many other fabulous travellers during your stay, and even the hotel managers, chefs, wine farm owners, artists and poets you meet are gay themselves. The accommodation options are very gay-friendly. We can promise you that you'll feel right at home here!

Which gay-friendly destinations should I pair with the Cape Winelands?

You cannot travel to South Africa without visiting its gay capital - Cape Town. The city centre is a quick drive away from the Cape Winelands and will keep you busy all day! We also highly recommend you don't miss out on a Big 5 safari in Kruger National Park or Botswana. Here you'll find many ultra-luxurious lodges to stay at, some with exclusive-use villas if you don't like sharing. Or, if you want to add more excitement to your holiday, add a stopover in Victoria Falls, go gorilla trekking in Rwanda, or a classic East African safari in Tanzania or Kenya to see the Great Migration. Suppose you want to end your trip on a relaxing note. In that case, there are multiple gay-friendly Indian Ocean islands to choose from, namely the Maldives, Seychelles, Madagascar, Mauritius or the coast of Mozambique.

What are the best gay-friendly experiences in the Cape Winelands?

Oh, honey. Where to start? Everything in the Cape Winelands is gay-friendly. We recommend you don't limit your stay to one day as you will regret missing out on all the treasures awaiting you here! Want to sip and swirl wine all day by hopping from one wine farm to another? Enjoy fine dining cuisine at one of the many world-renowned restaurants? Or perhaps just browse the excellent art galleries and markets in the area? Well, there's this and so much more to explore!

What are the gay-friendly accommodation options in the Cape Winelands?

The accommodation options are endless! From arty boutique guest houses, French-influenced Manor Houses to 5-star grand palace-like hotels, you can take your pick. These establishments often have on-site award-winning restaurants, wine cellars, and spas, so you will be tempted to never even leave your home base at all. However, we highly recommend you do! And that you book a couple of different accommodation stops to give you different perspectives of the Cape Winelands wonders.


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