LGBTQ+ travellers may face some challenges at certain destinations but Cape Town is committed to continuing to make the Mother City an inclusive space for locals and visitors to enjoy.
South Africa was the fifth country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage and Cape Town has a strong and proud LGBTQ+ community.
Jacqui Elliott, CEO of the Liz McGrath Collection, is a big supporter of LGBTQ+ travel in the City “Cape Town is the most LGBTQ+ welcoming city on the African continent, and we need to amplify that message, not only for Pride Month, but year-round.”
Cape Town seeks to make travellers as comfortable as possible during their stay. “Using LGBTQ+ welcoming and affirming tour operators and service providers will always alleviate some of the anxiety associated with travelling as a member of the LGBTQ+ community,” says LGBTQ+ travel advocate Meg Cale.
Luckily Cape Town has these in abundance. Here are some travel tips for LGBTQ+ travellers planning a trip to the Mother City.
South Africa’s Constitution is one of the most progressive constitutions in the world and Cape Town proud to be is diverse, inclusive, and safe for LGBTQ+.
Find LGBTQ+ friendly accommodation
There are many amazing and welcoming places to stay when you come to Cape Town. If you’re looking for an unforgettable safari experience enjoy a beautiful slice of paradise at Aquila Game Reserve and Spa. The Aquila Collection is proud to fly the rainbow flag and will welcome you to a comfortable, vibrant and memorable Big 5 safari experience.
The Cellars-Hohenort in Cape Town is an iconic 5-star accommodation, perfect for the luxury traveller. Jacqui Elliott, CEO of the Liz McGrath Collection, says “We are dedicated to helping LGBTQ+ travellers feel welcome and create inspiring and enriching travel experiences.”
The Radisson Hotel Group has lots of properties in Cape Town and also welcomes the LGBTQI+ communities with open arms at every one of their hotels.
Use apps to meet new people
“Dating apps and social networks are a great way to connect with local LGBTQ+ people while travelling,” says Meg Cale, an LGBTQ+ travel advocate and community educator.
Make safe choices
Safety is a primary concern of all travellers and being part of the LGBTQ+ community can bring additional safety concerns. Bring up any safety concerns you may have with the management of your accommodation or contact us at Cape Town Tourism to help you to navigate the City and put your mind at ease.
Support gay-owned businesses
Booking through a travel agent could help you identify businesses that are owned by LGBTQ+ people. Speak to the locals you meet on your trip to find out which restaurants, hotels, and other businesses you could support.
Gate 69 is Cape Town’s home of cabaret and good times are guaranteed! It’s a glamorous affair so be sure to dress up for the red carpet. Cathy, Holly and Molly, South Africa’s favourite Trolley Dollies, will have you and your table in stitches as they wow you with their vocal talents, big hair and dashing good looks.