Kenya Believe It? Part 1 – Musings & Mosquitoes

Author: , December 4th, 2014

Katie Boyden in kenyaWriter, filmmaker, intrepid traveler, (recently-heartbroken) lesbian, and stupidly fearless risk-taker Katie Boyden journeyed to Kenya in the summer of 2014 to direct a documentary on the incredible work of the Fiat Lux Foundation which builds eye hospitals in the developing world.

Along with this quite noble cause, Katie got herself into more than a few ridiculous scenarios and shenanigans while traipsing around Africa through operating rooms and savannas, bouncing down dirt roads in jeeps and vans, and flying in one particularly tiny aircraft that she doesn’t even think counts as an actual plane. Think of it as sort of an extreme version of “Eat, Pray, Love.” These are her stories.

(Some names have been changed)

08/10/14, Kisii, Kenya, Unfanisi Resort, – 12:36am

I am at war with the mosquitos. And they are winning.

It all started after Brad left my room for the night. We had been discussing philosophies of life, travel, world history, adventure stories, and so on, over a few glasses of scotch–everything you would expect in a conversation between two naively spontaneous filmmakers who had found themselves in way over their heads after jumping at the chance to make a documentary on an eye clinic in a remote part of western Kenya.

By Katie Boyden – Full Story at SheWired | Kenya Gay Travel Resources

The Most Gay Friendly Places to Visit in Africa

Author: , August 10th, 2014

Cape Town, South Africa - Apple Maps

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Africa has a (deservedly) bad rep when it comes to LGBT rights. But maligning an entire continent isn’t fair–especially when that continent has such diverse cultural and political climates. Africa also ranks #2 in terms of total population and landmass, meaning there’s a huge variety of places to see and people to meet.

Here’s a primer of some of those places, specially curated for LGBT travelers.

So, you’re LGBT and want to visit Africa? Here’s how to do it safely.
Africa has a (deservedly) bad rep when it comes to LGBT rights. But maligning an entire continent isn’t fair–especially when that continent has such diverse cultural and political climates. Africa also ranks #2 in terms of total population and landmass, meaning there’s a huge variety of places to see and people to meet.

Here’s a primer of some of those places, specially curated for LGBT travelers.

Group Tours in Morocco

While much of North Africa has anti-gay laws on the books, there are several inclusive group tours that make it possible to travel through the region safely. Be mindful when interacting with the locals, however. You’re just passing through, but they have to live with the consequences if discovered fraternizing with gay Westerners.

In Morocco, guided groups can quickly sample several major cities and make a brief excursion into the Sahara or the Atlas Mountains. Highlights include the nearly thousand year old necropolis in Chellah, the creative hub at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Essaouira, and the heart of North African cinema at Atlas Studios.

By Matt Northrup – Full Story at Dot429 | Africa Gay Travel Resources

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Featured Gay Friendly Tour Operator: Natural World Safaris, Mombasa, Kenya

Author: , July 20th, 2014

Natural World Safaris - KenyaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Guided family, couples, private, group, seniors and students safaris departing and finishing at the mombasa and kenya coast beach hotels.

See the Natural World Safaris Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Kenya

Lesbian Travel: Safari in Kenya

Author: , June 3rd, 2013

HippoThe time had finally arrived to head out on safari and I was curious to see how this Safari in Kenya would compare to my previous one in Tanzania. Travelling out of Ngong, we stopped to look out over the scenic Rift Valley, our excitement growing. After several bumpy and dusty side road short cuts, we arrived at Fisherman’s Camp, our home for the next two nights. We chose a campsite and quickly set up camp and then headed down to another section of the lake.

As we drove down the laneway, we spotted a wide band of pink along the shore – the flocks of flamingos we’d been promised. Cameras ready, we headed out to the lakeshore to get as close a view as we were allowed. Just as we finished up and were ready for our hippo boat tour, the rain started. Sadly, we headed back to our campsite for some down time in our tents until we were summoned for dinner.

While the rain put an end to the afternoon fun, our cook didn’t disappoint. Jon treated us to a traditional meal of Ugali (thick corn porridge), fried cabbage, vegetables and stewed lentils. We all tucked in heartily to this simple yet delicious meal and knew we wouldn’t be going hungry on this safari. After dinner we grabbed a log around the roaring campfire to warm up and relax.

Authored By Corinne Taylor, Bucket List Travel Adventures – See the Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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