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!
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.
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.
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.