The ‘Gay capital of Africa’ lies at the foot of the iconic Table Mountain. Cape Town is the premier African destination for the LGBT traveller due to its reputation as a capital with a cosmopolitan lifestyle; a gay-welcoming city that celebrates and embraces diversity in all its aspects. The growth and popularity of the city has resulted in the creation of exclusively gay guesthouse, bars, restaurants and even beaches.
Our aim is to share this corner of Cape Town with you where you, the LGBT traveller, will feel most at home, with the greatest sense of community. Whether it’s the nightspots in Green Point, the best coffee spots in “The Village” or the best times of the day to visit Clifton’s famous Third Beach.
Jozi or Jo’burg is a city with a vibrant people and has a heart of gold – quite literally. It is the commercial hub of South Africa, which means it is always changing at an accelerated pace. Jozi has a steady stream of LGBT travellers who seek cosmopolitan experiences within driving distances for the country’s best wildlife and adventure offerings.
Durban is a vibrant port city that is diverse and always bustling. On top of that, it is a rare day in Durban that the sun doesn’t shine. This colourful, welcoming city has an endless coastline of gorgeous beaches, and loads of activities, such as uShaka Marine World, to choose from. If you visit at the right time of the year you might even be able to spot some turtle hatchlings.
Durban has a thriving gay community and there are establishments dotted around this popular seaside holiday city those actively welcome LGBT travellers.
The Cape Winelands are one of the top tourist destinations in the world. And is it any surprise with a tradition of winemaking that stretched back over 300 years? There are no less than 17 registered wine routes in South Africa, and the best wine tasting can be found in the Cape Winelands. Stay close to Cape Town and visit the famous Constantia wine route. Or venture a bit further afield and take a trip to the historic wine town Paarl, then move on to the quaint Franschhoek also known as the gourmet capital of South Africa, and from there you can go to Stellenbosch – the second oldest European town in South Africa. All along the way you will find dotted excellent wine estates, each with their own specialities, stories and unique character.
Stellenbosch is the second oldest European settlement in South Africa, and has a history that stretches back to the late 1600s. The historic town is also home to one of the oldest universities in South Africa. There is an abundance of Cape Dutch architecture to be seen, and the town can be explored on foot along the old tree lined streets. All around Stellenbosch sits wine farms, in almost any direction you can drive in, and on the other side of the mountain – not far away – lies Franschhoek, the gastronomic capital of South Africa, where more history, wine and delectable cuisine can be found.
Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park is a vast untamed area that offers some of the world’s most spectacular game viewing opportunities. The park offers extraordinary diversity as well as superb density of animals. Expect to see the majority of the iconic animals associated with Africa. You will find elephants, lions, cheetahs, rhinoceroses, buffaloes, giraffes, hippopotami, hyenas and zebras in abundance. And if you are lucky you will see some of the more elusive species, such as the threatened African wild dog, the pangolin and the leopard. There are almost an endless variety of luxury as well as budget safari packages and options available for in and around The Kruger National Park.
Garden Route and Knysna
The Garden Route is one of the most popular destination routes in the world. Take a trip up along the spectacular east coast of South Africa, and find beautiful spots beyond imagination. Go for a hike in the ethereal and otherworldly Tsitsikamma Forest – our very own rainforest – believed to be the home of the elusive Knysna elephant to this day. If you’re lucky you might spot the shy Knysna loerie or a tiny blou duiker buck. Tsitsikamma means “place of abundant or sparkling water” in the Khoi language. Also in the Tsitisikamma National Park lies the gorgeous Storms River Mouth where rivers come together with the Indian Ocean, forming a stormy maelstrom of water and rocks.
Port Elizabeth, also known as The Bay, is situated in the Eastern Cape, up along the eastern coast, towards the end of the Garden Route. This is an easy destination to fly to and explore the surrounding beauty of the Eastern Cape from. When in the area visit the Addo Elephant National Park to get up close to these iconic giant mammals of Africa. And if you just can’t get enough of animals, include the Daniell Cheetah Breeding Project in your journey. Here you can go for a walk with a cheetah. Not something you get to experience every day!