Gay Johannesburg – Breakaway Backpacker

Author: , December 1st, 2017

Gay Johannesburg

If you’re an experienced traveler, then you understand the thrill of visiting new countries and experiencing different cultures. When that wanderlust strikes, you get the irresistible urge pack your bags and wander wherever the wind takes you. One destination that might pique your interest is Johannesburg, South Africa, where there is no shortage of culture and scenery.

Colloquially referred to by South Africans as “Jo’burg” or “Jozi,” this is a city with a rich history, and anthropologists have even discovered prehistoric sites here. Today, this South African city has many modern suburbs and business districts, with many areas completely revamped with improved public transportation and infrastructure after South Africa was selected to host the 2010 World Cup. Ranked the third largest city in Africa, this bustling city derives much of its prosperity from gold and diamond mining. Although English is most widely spoken, the country has 11 national languages, including Afrikaans, Zulu, and Xhosa.

Johannesburg has good weather all year long, averaging about 78 degrees, because of its high elevation. However, it’s better to go in winter, May through August, then summer, October through March. Winter has an abundance of sunshine in winter, with mild weather during the day, although it does get cold at nights. Summer is less favorable because it’s the rainy season. Frequent afternoon rainstorms will limit your chances of enjoying a safari or roaming around the streets sightseeing.

Johannesburg’s Attractions

Here is a short list of things to do and places to see:

There are many recreational things to do, from restaurants to theaters, and from museums to safaris. When it comes to shopping for traditional crafts, you may want to visit Market on Main on Sunday, which is only open from 10 am to 3 pm. It’s a creative space for local makers to trade with visitors over the weekend.

By Jaime Davila – Full Story at Breakaway Backpacker

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Featured Gay Accommodations: Graton Guest House, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Author: , March 23rd, 2015

Graton Guest House

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

Whether visiting for business or pleasure owner-hosts Tony & Graham will ensure that you experience 5-star hospitality at their perfectly-situated Jozi oasis. Minutes from motorways, shopping centres, gyms, or walk to a variety of restaurants.

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

Edge Boston’s Pics for Fall Gay Travel

Author: , February 8th, 2014

FallThe final installment in our four-part series, EDGE’s travel editor Matthew Wexler scopes out 12 months of adventure, relaxation and surprises for the LGBT jet setter. For our final hurrah? EDGE explores Fort Lauderdale, Chicago and Johannesburg.

Fort Lauderdale

Once cast in the shadow of her more gregarious sister, Miami, Fort Lauderdale has become a major player in the LGBT vacation scene as well as an appealing destination for full-time residence. EDGE National Nightlife Editor JC Alvarez says, “There’s plenty happening in Fort Lauderdale — people are calling it the ‘New South Beach,’ and there are many folks from New York City actually moving down there just because the living is better.”

Whether you choose to go for the weekend or early retirement, you’ll be in good company: Last year Fort Lauderdale welcomed 1.2 million LGBT visitors.

See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Get Yourself to Johannesburg

Author: , January 18th, 2014

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In South Africa, Johannesburg is frequently treated as a stopover on the way to Cape Town or a safari. But don’t be fooled: Joburg is more than just a hub. With an influx of creative, passionate South Africans and expats – not to mention accessible public transportation – Johannesburg is revitalizing itself after the decades of segregation caused by apartheid. Here’s how you can see it for yourself – at the right cost, at the right time.

As a city in transition, Johannesburg currently allows you to experience the energy of a major destination that’s figuring itself out – before it hits its full global stride. Enclaves like Maboneng, Newtown, Braamfontein, Melville, and 44 Stanley all have their own distinct vibes, with boutique shops, one-off restaurants, and welcoming cafes. The township of Soweto (the one-time home of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu) is another option for adventures you wouldn’t find north of the Equator, including their famous shebeen alternative pubs. Shopaholics can head directly to Sandton City for high-end stores – and a photo opp with a nearly 20-foot-tall statue of Nelson Mandela.

Another reason to visit now is the favorable exchange rate for U.S. travelers. Recent headlines like “Rand Weaker vs. Dollar” will tell you that $1 USD gets you about 10 South African Rand. While prices might be higher than in other parts of Africa, you’ll also find better travel infrastructure than you would in other parts of the continent. And you’ll certainly pay less than you would in North America for similar services. For example, a ticket to the Apartheid Museum runs you 65 Rand ($6) and a meal at an inexpensive restaurant could run you between 60 and 100 Rand ($5.50 and $9).

Authored By Roni Weiss – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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Gay Pride Updates 5/21/13

Author: , May 21st, 2013

Gay Pride Flag San FranciscoOur round-up of gay pride news and other LGBT events.


Los Angeles’s Pride celebration is coming up fast. Passport Magazine has the info:

(Jun 7th-9th) The LA PRIDE celebration is the largest gathering of the LGBT community in Southern California. This year’s event will be held June 7-9 in the beautiful West Hollywood Park. Enjoy live entertainment on multiple stages, headline performances, all new dance venues, numerous exhibitors, food and drink vendors, and thousands of members of our vibrant and active community! On Sunday, June 9, at 11:00 a.m., join over 400,000 participants, spectators and marchers at the annual LA PRIDE Parade, which gathers together a colorful and diverse look and showcases all that is great about the LGBT community.

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This last weekend, DC celebrated Trans Pride – The Washington Blade has lots of photos:

Award-winning stylist Codie Leone was the keynote speaker at 2013 Capital Trans Pride at the National City Christian Church on Saturday. The event featured workshops, speakers, booths and an awards ceremony.

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Until today, there was a possibility that London’s gay pride celebration might be cancelled. But having reached their fundraising goals, it’s now a go. Gay Star News reports:

But now Pride in London has announced this year’s festival will go ahead with a week of celebrations, a full parade through the center of the UK capital, a rally in Trafalgar Square and a party in the gay district of Soho. In addition Summer Rites will hold a Pride in the Park official music festival in Shoreditch Park, East London on the main pride day. And, as previously announced, UK Black Pride is teaming up with Pride in London on pride day in Golden Square, Soho.

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North Jersey pride announced its plans for Pride next month. O-blog-dee-o-blog-da reports:

North Jersey Pride, the nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting equality, awareness, and understanding in the upper Garden State, today announced plans for its 2013 Pride Week. Throughout the week of June 3, the nonprofit is hosting a series of engaging LGBT-themed events, leading up to its signature Pride Festival on Sunday June 9. The Pride Festival includes a full afternoon of unique family-friendly entertainment that brings together LGBTQ people and straight allies from all over the Garden State to celebrate diversity and promote equality. Newark Mayor, Cory Booker will kick off the festivities at noon.

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A number of parliamentarians want to put an end to the Gay Pride celebration in Kiev. Gay Star News reports:

Sixty-one lawmakers signed a petition urging Ukraine’s capital city’s mayor to ban a gay-pride parade in Kiev scheduled for 25 May. Pavlo Unhuryan, parliamentary and leader of the right wing of Ukraine’s Family Movement, announced today (20 May) that the petition requests a total ban on gay-pride parades ‘and similar events in Kiev in May-June 2013.’ According to the Info Victory portal, the petition states that such events should be banned because they ‘may lead to violent clashes’ between LGBT rights advocates and their opponents.


Melanie Nathan at O-blog-dee-o-blog-da looks at the plan for the new Johannesburg Pride:

A meeting on 18 May of the recently formed organising committee of about 30 individuals decided on a broad programme of action for the annual lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual, and queer (LGBTIAQ) Pride in Johannesburg. Johannesburg Pride 2013 will consist of public art installations, performances, exhibitions, direct action, workshops, and debates over the months leading up to a march on October 5.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: 12 Stars Lifestyle Apartments, Johannesburg

Author: , June 14th, 2012

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

12 Stars Lifestyle Apartments, Johannesburg, South AfricaAt Johannesburg’s 12 Stars Lifestyle Apartments, we offer twelve self-catering, fully furnished open-plan contemporary one bed studio apartments, each with fully-equipped kitchen, bathroom with separate bath and shower – each suite can accommodate two people.

12 Stars is close to the University of Johannesburg, Media 24, SABC, Milpark Hospital and the Parkview Golf Course. The Campus Square Shopping Centre is also just a short walk away, as is a local gym.

There are many great things to do in the Melville quarter of Johannesburg. Explore Media Park, see a game at the FNB stadium, visit Gold Reef City, and find out more about the history of South Africa at the Apartheid Museum. Our South African vacation rentals are also close to Cresta, Northcliff, Parkhurst, Rosebank, Park View, Westcliff, Braamfontein and the Johannesburg central business district.

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Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Johannesburg, South Africa

South Africa: Mr. Gay World This Weekend in Johannesurg

Author: , April 6th, 2012

Mr. Gay WorldThe 2012 Mr Gay World competition is to be held at Gold Reef City in Johannesburg, South Africa, this Sunday, but some of the African competitors will be absent or participating apprehensively.

Taurai Zhanje, the Zimbabwean entrant, has been forced to withdraw owing to the relentless pressure of his country’s government on his family. In total, 25 men from across the world will compete, but only three of them will be from Africa. It will also be the first time black Africans take part in the competition.

Africa was supposed to be represented by its host country, Namibia, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe. Potential entrants from Tanzania, Ghana and Kenya could not take part owing to a lack of support or sponsorship.

Full Story from Pink News

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Graton Guest House, Johannesburg

Author: , January 12th, 2012

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

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

Graton Guest House, Johannesburg, South AfricaWhether visiting for business or pleasure owner-hosts Tony & Graham will ensure that you experience 5-star hospitality at their perfectly-situated Jozi oasis. Minutes from motorways, shopping centres, gyms, or walk to a variety of restaurants.

Accommodation and Facilities

  • All rooms with TV, telephone, hospitality tray, and clock-radios
  • Five double rooms – four en-suite, one with private bathroom
  • Wi-Fi + internet and fax facilities
  • Outside – relax at the swimming pool or on the patio surrounded by a large peaceful garden.

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Orient-Express welcomes the International LGBT Community

Author: , January 1st, 2012

Orient-Express Hotels welcomes the International LGBT Community  |  Orient-Express  | Orient-Express is an elite collection of hotels, cruises and luxury rail adventures in 25 countries, across five continents. The company has offered exceptional luxury travel experiences since 1976, when it purchased Hotel Cipriani in Venice and shortly afterwards recreated the celebrated Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, linking London, Paris and Venice.

Today, Orient-Express owns or part-owns and manages 49 businesses, 39 of which are highly acclaimed hotels, each unique in style, from the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town and Rio’s Copacabana Palace, to the Maroma Resort and Spa on Mexico’s Riviera Maya. The company also embraces river cruisers in France and Myanmar, luxury trains in Europe, the Far East and Peru, and the celebrated ’21’ restaurant in New York.
is proud to introduce you to a select group of Orient-Express properties welcoming the international LGBT Community to their stunning and unique properties, and destinations with open arms. Certainly A Journey Like no other. Find out more and see the list of properties participating @ Orient-ExpressCM

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Johannesburg Rising Again

Author: , December 29th, 2011

Johannesburg dates its beginnings to the discovery of gold in 1886. Its downtown, where skyscrapers tower over deep mines, was abandoned by business in recent decades, and squatters turned the office towers into high-rise slums. But now, as the city celebrates its 125th birthday, creative South Africans are seeing gold in warehouses and cheap office space, and they’re revitalizing neighborhoods with galleries, museums, shops, studios, clubs and restaurants.

When Fiona Rankin-Smith was making plans to renovate an office building to house a major new museum, she thought she’d be building a lonely outpost for art in gritty central Johannesburg. But nine years and 38 million rand (about $4.7 million) later, as she prepared to move nearly 10,000 African paintings, sculpture and other pieces out of storage and into the sleek new Wits Art Museum, she finds South Africa’s economic hub is returning to its roots.

“There’s this whole groundswell,” said Rankin-Smith, the Wits’ curator, as she surveyed the lively street scene on downtown’s west side from her building’s glass walls.

Full Story from Edge Boston

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