LGBTQ+ safari holidays in South Africa

Summary of Gay South Africa

  • Gay Marriage legalized: 2006

  • Number of Pride events: 5

  • Main Gay areas: De Waterkant is the main gay area in Cape Town

  • Best Gay events: Johannesburg Pride, Cape Town Pride Mardi Gras, Durban Pride, Nelson Mandela Bay Pride in Port Elizabeth

LGBTQ+ rights in South Africa

In the 1990s, South Africa shocked the LGBTQ community. It was the first country to include comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation in its constitution. No other country had ever done anything like that before - a trailblazer not only in Africa but around the world!

Pride March South Africa

This included allowing LGBT individuals to serve openly in the army. It didn’t stop there, South Africa went on to introduce the right to change legal gender in 2003 and legalized gay marriages in 2006.

Gay Scene in South Africa

The largest LGBTQ populations in South Africa are in Cape Town and Johannesburg, both of which have vibrant gay scenes. Cape Town has a gay village in De Waterkant as well as in Green Point and Sea Point.

Over in Johannesburg, whilst there is no gay village, there are many gay places spread out across the city, particularly in Melville, Parkhurst and Rosebank. Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, Durban, Berea, and Stellenbosch are other South African cities having a small gay community.

Gay events in South Africa

Pride celebrations may be seen in almost every city in South Africa. The Pride in Johannesburg and Cape Town are the greatest. Johannesburg Pride, which takes place in October, is known as the “Pride of Africa” since it is the largest (and one of the smallest) on the continent.

Cape Town Pride is also a Mardi Gras festival and happens in February.

LGBT safari holidays in South Africa_Pink Loerie Festival

Pretoria LGBTQI Gay Pride in October, Durban Pride in June, Mzansi Pride Johannesburg in April, and Nelson Mandela Bay Pride in Port Elizabeth in November are all notable Pride events in South Africa.

Gay Travel

South Africa almost checks all the boxes: beautiful scenery, a vibrant LGBTQ community, and a multitude of queer hangouts and events.

South Africa is a nature lover’s dream, featuring some of the world’s top safaris. The Kruger National Park, the Kgalagadi (Kalahari) Transfrontier Park,Stellenbosch, The Drakensberg,The Garden Route, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, and Robben Island are among the other tourist attractions.

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Popular South Africa Safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

 | South African Midlands Meander (15 days)

South African Midlands Meander (15 days)

Explore the Eastern Cape, Lesotho and KwaZulu Natal...

 | Kruger to the Mozambican Coast (7 days)

Kruger to the Mozambican Coast (7 days)

Combining the bush and the wildlife found in the famous Sabi Sand in the Kruger National Park with a tropical stay in one of the sublime lodges of Mozambique's Ponta Mamoli...

 | Luxurious South Africa and Zambia Honeymoon Safari (10 days)

South Africa and Zambia honeymoon

Explore the romantic Atlantic Ocean with it's multi-cultural heritage and a Big Five safari in the Sabi Sands, finally ending off at Victoria Falls from the Zambian side...

 | South Africa and Mauritius Island Holiday (12 days)

South Africa and Mauritius Island Holiday (12 days)

South Africa has so much to offer, from spotting the elusive leopard, to exploring Johannesburg's historical sites. Include the tropical island of Mauritius for an even more unforgettable vacation....

 | Cape Town and Kruger Family Safari (8 days)

Cape Town and Kruger Family Safari (8 days)

Combine the best that Cape Town and the Kruger National Park have to offer – beach and bush – for the ideal family holiday...

 | South African Bush and Beach Journey (10 days)

South African Bush and Beach Journey (10 days)

Explore the magic of Cape Town followed by the Scenic Garden Route and finally the Big Five members at the Kruger National Park...

 | Nature, Romance and Exclusivity - A Complete African Honeymoon (14 days)

Nature, Romance and Exclusivity - A Complete African Honeymoon (14 days)

This exclusive African honeymoon through East and Southern Africa is the perfect way to celebrate the start of your new journey together...

 | Luxury South Africa to Zimbabwe Safari (8 days)

Luxury South Africa to Zimbabwe safari (8 days)

Spot the Big Five in Thornybush Private Game Reserve and enjoy the majesty of Zimbabwe's roaring Victoria Falls ...

Mountain Walk | Cape Town, Whale Coast and Victoria Falls Tour (10 days)

Cape Town, Whale Coast and Victoria Falls Tour (10 days)

Experience a safari adventure that combines the very best of Victoria Falls with the undeniable highlights of Cape Town and the Whale Coast....

 | Thornybush Game Reserve Safari (4 days)

Thornybush Game Reserve Safari (4 days)

Enjoy the city life in Johannesburg and track the Big Five in the Thornybush Game Reserve...

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