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LGBT tourism in South Africa

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Gay-friendly holiday accommodation in De Waterkant, Cape Town

LGBT tourism in South Africa is a form of niche tourism marketed to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people who visit South Africa. Cape Town is the most popular destination for LGBT tourists in South Africa and is regarded as the gay capital of Africa,[1] hosting the Cape Town Pride festival in February/March,[2] the Mother City Queer Project in December,[3] and the Out in Africa Film Festival in September/October every year.[4] Other regional events include the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras in Knysna, Western Cape.

Cape Town

Cape Town's popularity as a LGBT tourism destination within South Africa is due in large part to its natural beauty, white sandy beaches, mild climate and a strong post-apartheid culture of tolerance. The liberal, post 1994, South African constitution enshrines the rights of individuals regardless of race, sex, religion or sexual preference.

De Waterkant – the area alongside the city centre en route to the Cape Town Stadium – is a gay village with a high concentration of guest houses, hotels, pubs and clubs. The area is the epicentre of the Cape Town Pride festival and a good place any time to watch the parade. Other attractions include the city's abundance of good restaurants and its close proximity to the winelands of the Boland and Constantia Valley.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Preston, Harry (May–June 2004). "Africa’s Gay Capital: Cape Town, South Africa". Transitions Abroad. XXVII (6). Archived from the original on 1 July 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Cape Town Pride
  3. ^ Mother City Queer Project
  4. ^ Out in Africa
  5. ^ "Printed Maps – Pink Map". mapmyway. Retrieved 1 July 2014.