Gay Weddings in Africa

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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.

South Africa was the very first country to criminalise discrimination based on sexual orientation. It was also the fifth country in the world to legalise gay marriage! It's, therefore, no surprise that it's the top destination for a gay wedding in Africa! And with such diverse landscapes, you can take your pick between a safari, beach, city, Winelands, or mountain wedding!

It's also easy to transition into your dream honeymoon from here, with dreamy islands a hop, skip and a jump away! Or if safari is why you're in Africa, you can go gorilla trekking in Rwanda, see the Great Migration in Tanzania, or go for a classic luxury Big 5 safari in Kruger National Park. Can you hear the wedding bells already? We sure can!

All Your Burning Questions About Gay-Friendly Weddings Answered

Can a Gay Couple Get Married in 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.

What Should I Know Before Planning a Gay Wedding in Africa?

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.

What Are Some of the Best Gay Wedding Destinations in Africa?

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.

Should I Do a Winelands, Beach or Safari Wedding?

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.

What Are Some of the Best Honeymoon Destinations in Africa?

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.

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