You've fantasised about your wedding for as long as you can remember. But did you ever consider that a gay wedding might be possible in Africa?
Look, we're not going to beat around the bush (get it?). Most African countries are a no-go for weddings (but there are still many that accept gay travellers. Did someone say honeymoon?) However, at the tip of Africa, one of Africa's most gay-friendly destinations (nay, the world) awaits you in South Africa.
Of course, you can, honey! It's simply a matter of when and where. Although homosexuality is illegal and gay marriage is not recognised in most African countries, South Africa and its destinations are very progressive and gay-friendly, offering a vast array of locations that will fulfil your wildest wedding fantasies.
First things first: recognise that gay marriage is not legal or recognised everywhere. You should always ensure that you understand and adhere to the local laws of the destination you visit. However, don't worry; you don't have to break a sweat — we are here to ensure a flawless, smooth sailing dream wedding experience in your destination of choice.
Let's start with the Gay Capital of Africa, Cape Town! Ah, my dear, are you in for a treat. Cape Town offers safari, mountains, Winelands, city and beach landscapes for you to pick and choose from. Secondly, if a luxury safari is what you have in mind, you can take your pick from the ultra-luxurious lodges in the Kruger National Park. Or, if you feel like saying your vows to the backdrop of the ocean, the beaches in South Africa are some of the best in the world. If you're looking for some greenery, the forests along the Garden Route and mountains in KwaZulu-Natal and Cape Town are the perfect backdrop for your special day.
It's all up to you! If you have lots of guests, the venues in the Winelands can happily accommodate large weddings. But if you want something open-air, the beautiful beaches will make your heart sing. Or, if you want something more intimate with the wildlife as your witnesses, consider a luxury safari wedding.
South Africa is the only African destination where gay marriage is recognised. However, it's certainly not the only country where gay travellers are welcome!
Suppose you want to experience the rest of Africa. In that case, you can choose between a gorilla trekking honeymoon in Rwanda, an authentic East African safari honeymoon in Kenya or Tanzania, or an island honeymoon in Seychelles, Mauritius, the Maldives or Mozambique. Finally, Victoria Falls and Botswana are both wildlife water wonderlands perfect for the honeymoon of your dreams.
On the other hand, you don't even need to leave South Africa, as it is like an entire world in one country, so it counts as many destinations! From Garden Route's lush forests and vast beaches to Cape Town's kaleidoscope of scenery, KwaZulu-Natal's rolling hills, Kruger National Park's Big 5 wilderness, or the ultra-glamorous Cape Winelands, it will deliver and then some.
Africa’s gay capital, Cape Town, is a hub of all things thriving and fabulous. A delicious concoction of experiences, sights and tastes await you here in South Africa's oldest city.Explore Cape Town
Botswana is a country of mystery that will take your breath away while also making you scratch your head due to its unique nuances. With its puzzling Delta flooding in the dry winter months and seemingly endless herds of elephant, this wildlife haven is like no place on earth.Explore Botswana
Ellen Degeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi shone the limelight on Rwanda as a popular possibility for gay travellers. After their visit, they raved about their life-changing experience with the endangered mountain gorillas. Now you can experience it too! Hey, if it's good enough for Ellen!Explore Rwanda
South Africa is possibly the most seductive destination in Africa for gay travel. Not only is it the top gay-friendly country on the continent, but it is like multiple countries rolled into one.Explore South Africa
If you want a more cultural beach escape, Mozambique is for you. One of Southern Africa’s best-kept secrets, this destination is your gateway to unspoilt beaches and protected marine reserves, as well as a colourful cultural scene.Explore Mozambique
Comprised of 115 islands huddled together in the warm, turquoise Indian Ocean, Seychelles is a paradise begging to be explored. The best part? It's one of the more gay-friendly island destinations out there and one of only a handful where homosexuality is legal. Sign us up!Explore Seychelles
Unleash your wild side (grrr!) by stepping back in time for a luxury safari at the Big 5 safari mecca, Kruger National Park. There's just nothing more intimate than being surrounded by only the vast, untouched wild and its residents, trust us.Explore Kruger National Park
Nothingness has never looked this pretty. Sparsely populated but packed with unusual, vast and varied landscapes and wildlife, Namibia delivers escapism like nowhere else on earth. If you want to break free from modern-day chaos with your dearest and nearest, this is the place to be. It's also the ultimate road trip destination with excellent roads and stops along the way, begging you to pull over and soak it in.Explore Namibia
If your heart is lusting after an escape away from modern-day distractions, Okavango Delta is the place to go. Think water wonderlands, bustling with a dizzying variety (and amount) of animals, serene silence, mokoro safaris on the largest Delta in the world, and endless starry skies. We won't be surprised if you've clicked 'book now' already!Explore Okavango Delta
An authentic East African safari in the world-famous Serengeti and Maasai Mara National Parks await you in Kenya. Home to one of the world's greatest natural wonders, the Great Migration, a visit to Kenya will humble and empower you all at once.Explore Kenya
What is more romantic than being “stuck” on a floating luxury resort? The Maldives is the dreamiest setting for both a romantic or family vacation. This destination offers endless adventurous activities, some of the world’s best snorkelling and diving areas, and not to mention beaches with the silkiest sand!Explore Maldives
If you think 'honeymoon', you think Mauritius. This island of love will steal anyone's heart as soon as they set foot on the powdery beaches. And once you've explored the underwater world too, you'll be full-blown in love with this tropical paradise.Explore Mauritius
A land of contrasts and classic African landscapes, Tanzania's landscapes are what comes to mind when you think "African safari". With the continent's highest mountain Kilimanjaro, a plethora of wildlife to see, endless coffee plantations, and — most notably — the setting for part of the Great Migration. You'll be bedazzled by this country's beauty.Explore Tanzania
Standing next to this largest sheet of falling water will leave you gasping for breath. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls is a playground, with rip-roaring activities lurking around every corner.Explore Victoria Falls
Because by travelling with us you travel with a conscience. Your trip directly contributes to the protection of Africa's endangered wildlife, her amazing wild spaces and the upliftment of her communities.
As your very own queer Travel Experts, we know all the ins and outs of where to go as a gay traveller in Africa and have first-hand experience of everything we plan for you.
We wrote the book on luxury LGBTQ+ travel in Africa! But don’t expect yet another ‘vanilla’ trip — everything we do is highly curated to meet your highest expectations.
As a leading LGBTQ+ luxury tour operator, LGBTQ+ owned, and a proud ambassador of IGLTA, we don't just believe in diversity and equal representation — we actively practice what we preach.
We have hand-picked the crème de la crème of gay-friendly destinations, hotels, and lodges in Africa so that your trip will be nothing short of extraordinary.
Lift your spirits and uplift Africa's wildlife, people, and landscapes by travelling with us and leaving a lasting positive impact on our continent.