Queer Cape Town – Travel Pulse

Author: , May 8th, 2019

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It goes without saying that Cape Town is probably the queerest city in Africa, but I’d argue that it’s one of the top cities for LGBTQ travelers anywhere on the planet. This thriving metropolis is blessed with an almost embarrassing array of natural beauty, and the city’s progressive attitude is positively refreshing.

Enver Duminy, CEO, Cape Town Tourism, attributes the city’s special nature to several factors:

“LGBTQIA people in South Africa have the same rights as non-LGBTQIA people,” he said. “This is enshrined in our Constitution, which was the first in the world to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation, and the fifth country in the world, but first in Africa, to legalize same-sex marriage, child adoption and surrogacy treatments.”

“Plus, there’s so much for everyone in queer Cape Town, from adventure travel to enjoying the best restaurants and wines. We have won numerous accolades, including breaking a record by being voted ‘Greatest City in the World’ for the sixth consecutive time in the annual Telegraph Travel Awards. We have also been voted ‘The World’s Leading Festival and Event Destination’ for 2018 in the World Travel Awards, reflecting the city’s capacity to delight our visitors.”

Duminy is quick to list the many attractions that make his city such a bucket list destination.

By Paul Heney – Full Story at Travel Pulse

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Cape Town Gay Pride – The Globetrotter Guys

Author: , March 14th, 2019

Cape Town Gay Pride - The Globetrotter Guys

Gay Pride in Cape Town was not what we expected at all! It really is quite unique compared to many of the other gay pride events we have been to and we highly recommend you add it to your pride bucket-list.

We found Cape Town Pride to be so unique because of the people. We have never seen such a diverse and inclusive crowd of people at a pride festival! Most pride festivals we have been to have been 95% men (which of course is nice for us!), however this is not the case for Cape Town gay pride at all.

There is an even spread across all genders, age, sexuality and race – everyone is well represented which of course is what pride is about. We spoke with the Festival Director of Pride, Matthew Van As and he explained that there is a common misconception that Cape Town Pride is going to be just a festival full of the stereotypical white male crowd – the reality is completely different and as a result Cape Town Pride had a very diverse and local feel to it!

Lets take a look at all you need to know about Cape Town Gay Pride and let us convince you to get yourself booked for next year!

Full Story at The Globetrotter Guys

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City Sundays: Cape Town

Author: , December 27th, 2015

City Sundays Cape Town

Hey all,

Welcome to our weekly series on the blog and our Facebook travel groups – City Sundays. Each week we’ll select a different LGBT friendly city to talk about, and we’ll invite our innkeeper and travel agent/tour operator friends to come talk with us about it as well.

After the fall of apartheid, Cape Town has risen to become a gay travel mecca on the southern tip of the African Continent. Cape Town and its surrounding area offers so much to do, from beaches to night life to wine tours – and of course you can always venture inland for a safari.

Have you ever been? What did you do while you were there?

Do you wanna go?

Let’s chat! Join the conversation here:

Gay (Men) Travelers: Gay Travel Club
Lesbian Travelers: Lesbian Travel Club
Transgender Travelers: Transgender Travel Club
Bisexual Travelers: Bi Travel Club
LGBT Families: LGBT Families Travel Club

Check out our Cape Town page here:

https://www.purpleroofs.com/africa/southafrica/southafricawcape.html

And our Cape Town articles on the blog here:

http://purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog/?s=%22Cape+Town%22

Featured Gay Accommodations: Kure Kure Accomodation, Sandbaai, Western Cape, South Africa

Author: , November 20th, 2015

Kure Kure Accomodation

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Two fully equipped self catering chalets to rent in Sandbaai. 5 minutes from the beach. 2km from Hermanus, Well known for whale watching. Rates are per unit per night.

See the Kure Kure Accomodation Expanded Listing
on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Capetown and the Western Cape

Gay Couple Turned Away From Cape Town Guesthouse Wins Case

Author: , April 17th, 2015

South_African_Gay_CoupleA gay couple who won a legal case against the owners of a Christian guesthouse can now proclaim victory. A South African court has said LGBTI people cannot be discriminated against in public services.

Neil Coulson and his husband Jonathan Sedgwick had tried to get a room at the Wolseley guesthouse in Cape Town in November 2013. After they tried to book, they were told by owners Marina and Seth Neethling the establishment was not ‘gay friendly’.

Supported by Freedom of Religion SA, the Neethlings argued they were unable to accomodate the gay couple because ‘if they willingly and knowingly make a room available where homosexual sex will be practiced, this will make them liable to sin as they would in effect be helping the homosexual couple to sin.’

By Joe Morgan – Full Story at Gay Star News | Cape Town Gay Travel Resources

Gay Cape Town – The Vibrant Heart of Africa Part 2

Author: , December 3rd, 2014

Cape Town - Apple MapsThe unrivaled star attraction in Cape Town is Table Mountain. Recently named one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, little can prepare you for the jaw-dropping beauty of this flat-topped icon.

It forms part of the Table Mountain National Park – a craggy spine, stretching from Cape Town’s city centre along the Cape Peninsula to the Cape of Good Hope, where it plunges into the Atlantic’s surf.

More than 20 million visitors have been ferried by the aerial cable to the top of the mountain, some 3,558ft above the city, in a journey that takes less than five minutes to complete. The views from the top are staggering, and on a clear day you can see all the way across False Bay to the distant mountain ranges that are home to the winelands.

A useful tip is to head up Table Mountain on the first day it’s clear during your stay – it isn’t uncommon for the table-top to be covered in a cloth of clouds for days on end, with no cable cars serving the route. While on the mountain keep an eye out for the famous local flora. Table Mountain forms part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, and despite being the smallest of the six recognised floral kingdoms in the world, it boasts the greatest biodiversity.

By JD Van Zyl – Full Story at Gay Star News | Cape Town Gay Travel Resources

Gay Cape Town – The Vibrant Heart of Africa

Author: , December 1st, 2014

cape-town-apple-mapsYou have to be kidding me!’ he says, a confident smile spreading across his Latino face

‘Why?’ I reply, a touch surprised.

‘You’ve come to the most beautiful city in the world and you’re only staying for a week? Change your plans. Give her two weeks at least. Let her work her magic with you…’

Franco should know. He came to Cape Town from Buenos Aires four years ago for what was meant to be a short break. Three weeks later he lost his heart to the Mother City – and a local lad – and has only been back to his homeland twice since.

I pick up where I left off. ‘What I was going to say was I lost my heart to this city a long time ago already…’

In fairness, it’s pretty easy to fall head over heels for Cape Town. Yours truly fell in love with the city some 15 years ago, and lived there for over eight years. A colourful metropolis on the south-westerly tip of the African continent, Cape Town has a way of getting under your skin and pulling you back to its golden shores, rugged mountain backdrop and azure breakers time and time again. It’s a city of jaw-dropping beauty, bizarre contrasts and one that boasts the most liberal outlook on life in South Africa, and the rest of the continent.

By JD Van Zyl – Full Story at Gay Star News | Cape Town Gay Travel Resources

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The Most Gay Friendly Places to Visit in Africa

Author: , August 10th, 2014

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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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Visiting Gay Cape Town, South Africa

Author: , May 17th, 2014

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You will create once-in-a-lifetime memories when you get married, so plan on doing it in a location that can rival any dream. Cape Town, South Africa blends a political stand for equality with awe-inspiring land and seascapes. Head into the nation’s wide-open safari lands for your honeymoon, and you kick off your life together with peak experiences.

Making arrangements will be easy–the tourism board (www.capetown.travel) even has web sections on “Pink Cape Town” and “Gay Weddings in Cape Town.” Plan your ceremony in one of the Mother City’s beautiful public spaces: high above the city at the summit of iconic Table Mountain or barefoot in the warm sands of Clifton Third (the gay) Beach.

A short drive brings you to Stellenbosch, Constantia, and the rest of wine country for outstanding estate ceremony options amid vineyards and wineries that provide exquisite wedding day photography–every angle seems like glowing soft-focus golden hour–but it’s just another day in South Africa’s wine region.

By Joseph Pedro – Passport Magazine | Gay Cape Town Gay Travel Resources
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Twelve Surprising Gay Friendly Destinations

Author: , April 5th, 2014

Stockholm, SwedenThe gay travel industry is booming, in large part because of the increased worldwide acceptance of the LGBT community. From LGBT travel associations like Alt and the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), to LGBT cruise lines like Atlantis, Olivia and R Family Vacations, the gay and lesbian communities are becoming highly prized markets for the travel industry.

According to Merryn Johns, travel writer and Curve Magazine’s editor-in-chief, “[G]ay men and lesbians take at least four leisure trips per year, which is higher than their heterosexual counterparts, and fewer than 10% of LGBTs take organized trips of any kind. This makes gays and lesbians more frequent and more adventurous travelers than straight people.”

But LGBT travelers also seek different comforts. “Romance, seclusion and nature are important to lesbians when they travel, whereas gay men often seek out a scene or bars and clubs. While safety is important to lesbians when they travel, they … seek romance, outdoor adventure, culture and value for money,” she said in an interview with PolicyMic. “Not to mention some great beaches, which means they may seek out more exotic and far-flung destinations than other travelers.”

Authored By -Marcie Bianco See the Full Story at PolicyMic

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