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South Africa is renowned for being a stunningly vibrant country due to its wide variety of cultures. Its incredible wildlife, scenic landscapes, cosmopolitan cities and a burgeoning food & wine scene also make the country a favourite among LGBTQ+ travellers and it offers huge variety and opportunity. Our affordable immersive experiences at a range of price points are suitable for any budget and present great value for money in terms of service and experience.
As the first country in the world to include a sexual orientation protection clause in our Constitution to ensure the rights of all people and the fifth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, South Africa is the LGBTQ+ capital of Africa.
There are established gay and lesbian communities and scenes in Cape Town and Johannesburg, with smaller communities in Pretoria and Durban. While generally warm and welcoming, in some rural areas in both black and white communities, attitudes are still evolving towards acceptance.
LGBT-friendly South Africa
From luxury safaris and one-of-a-kind cultural attractions to culinary, art, and nature explorations, South Africa truly has something for everyone. And we know this from experience.
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Johannesburg Pride is held annually in September/ October. The parade is followed by an open-air celebration and concert, followed by after-parties.
Cape Town Pride is held annually in February and attracts 5 000+ partygoers. The outrageous Mother City Queer Project party in December is one of the city’s most popular yearly events and attracts fun-loving people of all sexual orientations.
The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras in Knysna in May is a four-day fest of art expos, concerts, parties, and parades.
South Africa boasts an impressive number of LGBT-friendly properties, tour operators and organisations that are members of IGLTA and are ready and willing to assist with planning itineraries for LGBT clients. As you consider expanding your offerings to include South Africa, we suggest working with these member businesses or other local tour operators familiar with LGBT travel in South Africa so you can feel confident that your clients will be in good hands. The US Department of State has also established a web portal that houses info about LGBT travel.
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