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South Africa was one of the first five countries in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. The South African constitution enshrines the rights of individuals regardless of race, sex, religion, or sexual orientation. This open-mindedness together with its wealth of natural beauty, sandy beaches, magnificent mountains, fine wines, and superb game lodges makes South Africa the perfect destination for LGBTQ travel.
Cape Town is a city with a wealth of wonderful experiences to be enjoyed. With its superb choice of accommodation, excellent restaurants, beautiful beaches, and mountains, it is without a doubt a premium destination that should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Areas in Cape Town that are known to be popular with the LGBTQ community are De Waterkant, Seapoint and Greenpoint, and generally the Atlantic seaboard. In these areas, there are clubs, bars, and restaurants with an inclusive atmosphere where one can party until late.
Throughout the year the city hosts many LGBTQ friendly festivals and events such as Gay Pride, Miss Gay Western Cape, and MCQP fancy-dress dance party.
Larger cities such as Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Durban also have thriving LGBTQ communities. Knysna on the Garden Route is renowned for its annual Pink Loerie Carnival.
South Africa is an amazing destination for weddings. With our beautiful wine estates, beaches, and game lodges, it is the perfect place for a celebration. Cape Classics Africa is affiliated to wedding planners who arrange many same-sex weddings and will be able to assist you with all the finer details.
Sadly in some of the counties north of South Africa, same-sex relationships are illegal. Despite this, we send many LGBTQ travelers to these countries. One has to be aware that the African culture is generally conservative (especially in Islamic countries).
Public displays of affection are often considered offensive, and although hand-holding between male friends is perhaps more common than in Western culture, the safest course of action is simply to be discreet.
If one is willing to avoid public displays of affection, there’s no reason why LGBTQ travelers cannot travel safely, even to countries with laws against same-sex relationships.
The best thing is to chat with us so that we can ensure that you have a hassle-free trip and enjoy the best of what Southern and East Africa has to offer.
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