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Luxury Gay Vacations in South Africa

Home to a collection of the world’s most majestic wildlife species, cosmopolitan Cape Town, miles of rugged coastline, and thriving gay nightlife scenes in its larger cities, it’s no surprise that South Africa is a consistently popular option for gay travelers. South Africa’s natural beauty combined with an increasing tolerance towards the LGBTQ+ community means the country offers the perfect gay travel experience. What’s more, a South African adventure can easily be tailored to suit your precise travel desires.

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For gay travelers craving a sun-soaked adventure jam-packed with unforgettable memories, you can’t do much better than South Africa. The country’s history is complex, and at times turbulent, and visitors can today tour many sites and memorials dedicated to various chapters of the country’s past. In addition to an array of historical sites of interest, South Africa is a wonderland of awe-inspiring natural landscapes, ranging from cloud-touching mountain ranges to seemingly-infinite savannah sprawls.

From the buzzing streets of Cape Town to the modern nightclubs of Johannesburg, South Africa’s larger cities are littered with LGBTQ+ hotspots and welcome a steady stream of gay travelers throughout the year. Regardless of whether you're the sort of gay traveler who loves to unwind or more of an active type, there’s something in South Africa for everyone. With the perfect climate, beautiful game reserves, and five-star boutique hotels, South Africa is a gay travel destination you won't want to miss.

Whilst parts of South Africa remain socially conservative in the 21st century, the country’s cities, with Cape Town in particular, offer safe haven for LGBTQ+ people in the wider continental region. As such, the gay scene here is as diverse and inclusive as they get. South Africa is a melting pot of culture, and its gay nightlife scene is no different, with everything from cabaret to cocktails on offer. The beauty of South Africa lies partly in its luxury accommodation offerings, which rank amongst the world’s most sumptuously exclusive.

At Out Of Office, we specialize in combining inclusive service with exclusive travel experiences, but you can find non-LGBTQ+ specific information on travel in South Africa by visiting our South Africa destination page.

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South Africa is one of our most popular destinations for gay travel and with world-class gay nature experiences, stunning hotels, and gay beaches, it’s not hard to see why. Any gay trip to Greece must begin in Cape Town, where you’ll find the most reliable transfers to the surrounding regions as well as the country’s densest concentration of gay bars and clubs. Whilst Cape Town is often cited for its colorful character, Johannesburg is also well worth exploring. You’ll want to see some of the most popular attractions when you’re in the city, and we always recommend a trip to the Apartheid Museum – a sobering reminder of South Africa’s brutal recent history.

A few days in Cape Town or Johannesburg should suffice, after which we always recommend heading to the country’s wilder areas. From wine tasting in Stellenbosch to game drives in Kruger, the areas outside of South Africa’s main cities contain some of the country’s most exclusive and unique luxury travel experiences. For the ultimate gay safari, that combines wildlife encounters with inclusive atmospheres throughout, we always recommend heading to Kruger. Kruger National Park not only offers 2 million hectares of unrivaled diversity in the heart of South Africa but also an array of luxurious lodges and tented camps.

South Africa attracts around 10.8 million tourists each year. If you go to South Africa once you’ll want to go back every year.

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Nature fans are in for a treat in stunning South Africa. Whether it’s whale watching, embarking on a walking safari through Kruger National Park or playing with penguins on Boulders Beach, there are so many unparalleled nature experiences to enjoy. South Africa is one of the best places in the world to see ‘The Big Five’ species of wildlife which includes Lions, Leopards and African Elephants. Most of South Africa’s wildlife is found in the country’s collection of game reserves and national parks, which are also fantastic places to find luxury accommodation that takes full advantage of the awe-inspiring natural environment.

Cape Town, situated on the southernmost point of South Africa, has emerged as a sought-after destination for LGBTQ+ tourists worldwide. With its breathtaking natural landscapes, dynamic culture, and forward-thinking attitudes, Cape Town provides a warm and accepting atmosphere for gay travelers. The bustling De Waterkant neighborhood, also known as the “Pink District,” serves as the epicenter of the gay community in Cape Town, boasting a diverse range of LGBTQ+-owned establishments and a lively nightlife scene. One of the most popular events is the Cape Town Pride Festival, which features a range of activities such as parades, parties, and cultural events. This festival attracts both locals and international visitors who come together to celebrate and support the LGBTQ+ community.

South Africa is a food lover’s paradise, with a rich culinary heritage that reflects the country’s diverse cultural influences. From the indigenous tribes to the Dutch settlers and Indian and Malay immigrants, South African cuisine is a melting pot of flavors and ingredients. Some of the must-try dishes include biltong, a type of dried cured meat, boerewors, a flavorful sausage, and bobotie, a spiced mince dish with a custard topping. And of course, no visit to South Africa is complete without sampling the national dish, potjiekos, a hearty and aromatic slow-cooked stew that is sure to warm your soul.

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