South Africa is very progressive for an African country. In fact, it was the first in the world to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation back in 1996 and the fifth country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage in 2006.
The biggest gay scene awaits you in the country’s oldest city, Cape Town, dubbed the ‘Gay Capital of Africa’ thanks to its fabulous gay-only establishments and events. However, even smaller towns on the outskirts are fairly accepting. Many of the accommodation, restaurants and clubs are under gay management or ownership, and the options are endless. Take your pick!
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Very. Especially when it comes to its Mother City, Cape Town. In Fact, South Africa was the first country to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation. It was also the fifth country in the world to legalise gay marriage.
Absolutely! Discrimination based on sexual orientation is illegal and gay marriage is recognised in South Africa. Cape Town is especially welcoming to gay couples, with a long list of gay-only establishments and gay-friendly accommodation optios. However, we always suggest that you book your trip through a travel agency like Out2Africa, specialising in gay travel to ensure everything is smooth sailing and there are no surprises.
Where to start! We also recommend adding an island getaway to somewhere like Seychelles, The Maldives, Mauritius or Mozambique to your South Africa trip. It is also highly recommended that you add an East African safari in Tanzania or Kenya to your trip. Like they say: when in Ro- ahem, Africa!
It all starts in Cape Town! If you want sultry evenings in the hottest gay clubs, fine dining in some of the world’s best restaurants, lazy beach days and adventuring up mountains, you cannot skip this gay mecca. You also cannot visit South Africa without going on a luxury safari in Kruger National Park! Coming face-to-face with the Big 5 is an adventure you won’t soon forget. If you like wine and all things fine, the Cape Winelands will indulge your inner snob. Or if a self-driving trip is more your thing, the Garden Route will tick every box with its dense forests, adrenaline activities, vast beaches and malaria-free safaris.
The possibilities are endless. We have curated the ultimate selection of gay-friendly accommodation to help you experience the very best South Africa has to offer. They all give you a front-row view of her dazzling beauty, too, of course! From luxury game lodges to classy hotels and intimate boutique guest houses, we know the best places to base yourself during your stay in South Africa.
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