What's the difference between a corner store and Chanel? Exclusivity is everything — and safaris are no exception! Private reserves are the crème de la crème of African safari experiences that offer all the little extras that make a trip magical. Apart from ensuring intimate animal encounters, bespoke experiences and made for memories, there's not much that makes a private reserve better? But we wouldn't take that chance!
You want to travel back in time to when the world was still wild. However, you don't actually want to live like the cavemen! That's why we combine the wildest landscapes with the most opulent accommodation. So you have a front-row-throne that is plush enough for a Queen. If you want all the bells and whistles, our luxury African safaris are for you. Furthermore, you have flexibility over your itinerary as we tailor it to your needs. Pop the champagne and bring the caviar, garçon!
Take your pick. At Out2Africa, we like to go BIG! All of our gay-friendly destinations have ultra-luxurious accommodation options. In Kruger National Park, we have opulent private villas, lodges or luxury tented camps.
We also take you to private reserves such as Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve for uncrowded, exclusive game viewing opportunities. Think: bathing outdoors as you watch the elephant strut past you in the distance. Or swimming in a large private pool while they dip their trunks into your pool for a sip. It's combining these rare wildlife experiences with every comfort and convenience at your fingertips that make a luxury safari so special.
If you want something even more adventurous, Rwanda has unique luxury accommodation. You probably already know that it is one of Ellen Degeneres' favourite holiday spots, so you know it must be of the highest standards! East Africa is wild, but the accommodation has all the finest luxuries you desire. Victoria Falls will also blow you away with a wide range of luxury accommodation. Ah, we can't wait for you to experience it all for yourself!
A public game reserve tends to be more crowded, and you can only drive on the main designated roads. You, therefore, have to share the space and experience with a convoy of other vehicles.
On the other hand, a private game reserve allows you to go off-road to follow the animals. Furthermore, you can also go on night safaris, and you have a more exclusive experience. At a private game reserve, you can go an entire game drive without seeing another safari vehicle, giving you exclusive access to the wildlife and the best possible angles to photograph them.
Our luxury safaris give you access to private guides, fly-in safaris, award-winning food and wine, private pools, spacious villas, lodges or tents, and you can even sleep under the stars in one of the luxury treehouses. You can go on walking, horseback or game drive safaris, and there are plenty of other activities in store. You can do as little or as much as you'd like on a luxury safari!
"Depending on where you are heading, you should always check whether it is a malaria area. However, Cape Town has many malaria-free safari destinations! If you book with Out2Africa, we will always be one step ahead and ensure that you are fully prepared when your feet hit African soil.
When going on safari, you should always ensure that you pack enough warm AND cool clothes as the weather can be unpredictable. Sunblock is a necessity as the African sun is very potent. Other items such as a hat, sunglasses, bug repellant, your best khaki outfit, comfortable shoes and a rainjacket are all useful. Many luxury safari lodges also have boutique gift stores in case you forget something. Lastly, don't forget your camera and extra memory cards!"
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
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