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LGBTQ+ Friendly Safaris in Africa

Discover Africa's captivating wildlife and vibrant cultures on an extraordinary safari adventure. At African Travel, we embrace diversity and warmly welcome all travelers, including the LGBTQ+ community. Our team of dedicated safari experts, some of whom identify as LGBTQ+, are fueled by a shared passion for creating extraordinary experiences for every individual exploring the wonders of Africa. 

African Travel and the LGBTQ+ Community

Sherwin and his husband at Table Mountain

At African Travel, we have the privilege of working closely with countless LGBTQ+ couples and families, crafting safaris while prioritizing their safety and comfort. As true LGBTQ+ travel experts in Africa, we take care of all the intricate planning, allowing each guest to be fully immersed in the magic of Africa. Our passion for LGBTQ+ travel to Africa is so strong that our President, Sherwin Banda, has been appointed to Condé Nast Traveler's first-ever Global Advisory Board where he champions LGBTQ+ travel. He is also recognized by Robb Report as one of the "16 LGBTQ+ Visionaries in Luxury You Should Know." 

Pride Safari Guide

 

For inspiration, we have a Pride Safari Guide featuring our top experiences in Africa. Our guide includes helpful tips, how to MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®, and our favorite safaris.

 

Top LGBTQ+ Safari Destinations

South Africa

View over Cape Town, South Africa

South Africa shines as the ultimate destination for LGBTQ+ travelers seeking a vibrant and inclusive experience in Africa. Cape Town welcomes travelers from all walks of life. With a vibrant gay community, the city hosts annual festivals and offers a wealth of LGBTQ+-friendly establishments. As the first African country to legalize same-sex marriage, South Africa has earned its progressive reputation, safeguarding LGBTQ+ rights and condemning discrimination.

Our President is a native of South Africa and shares his perspective on why South Africa is the perfect destination for LGBTQ+ travelers in an interview with ARRIVED Magazine.

EXPLORE SOUTH AFRICA

Botswana

Boating safari spots an elephant crossing the Okavango Delta
Water safari through the Okavango Delta

Botswana, one of the best LGBTQ+ travel destinations in Africa, has embraced same-sex relationships since 2019. 

If you have concerns about safety while traveling as an LGBTQ+ individual in Botswana, take comfort in knowing that this diverse wildlife haven offers unparalleled privacy. Whether you're indulging in a safari in the Okavango Delta, exploring the private reserves of Chobe, or venturing into the Kalahari, encounters with other travelers in the wilderness are minimal.

EXPLORE BOTSWANA

 

Rwanda

A gorilla trek is a powerful and moving experience

Embark on a true "off-the-beaten-track" adventure that will awaken the explorer within you. Discover Rwanda, a destination that not only captivates with its rare mountain gorillas but also stands as a beacon of progress in LGBTQ+ rights within East Africa. Same-sex relationships are legal in Rwanda, distinguishing it from its neighboring countries. The country's commitment to inclusivity is further highlighted by its endorsement of the United Nations joint statement in 2011, which condemns violence against LGBTQ+ individuals. Prepare to experience the beauty of Rwanda while knowing that you are welcomed and respected.

DISCOVER RWANDA

 

Indian Ocean Islands

Relax on a private beachon Benguerra Island

Paradise awaits in the Indian Ocean island destinations such as Mauritius, the Seychelles, Madagascar and  coastal Mozambique. These idyllic havens offer worry-free experiences with exceptional accommodations for LGBTQ+ couples. Mozambique offers guests discrimination protections and legalized same-sex relationships in 2015. Madagascar's lush rainforests and stunning beaches are home to unique wildlife, where same-sex relationships are legal for those over 21. Seychelles welcomes LGBTQ+ travelers to its breathtaking beaches, with legal same-sex relationships since 2016.

Discover these LGBTQ+-friendly destinations, combining culture, wildlife, landscapes, and beach bliss. Extend your vacation after a safari for a sun-soaked beach getaway. Embrace the warmth and hospitality of these enchanting tropical havens.

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Big 5 Myths

The Klipgat Cave outside De Kelders evokes vivid images of pre-historic times when modern man lived haply in symbiotic harmony with nature off the bounty of land and sea when the coastline was still kilometres away. ⁠ The Klipgat Cave outside De Kelders evokes vivid images of pre-historic times when modern man lived haply in symbiotic harmony with nature off the bounty of land and sea when the coastline was still kilometres away. ⁠

 

 

Misconceptions can sometimes overshadow the true essence of a safari, deterring potential safari-goers. Fear not, as our experts are here to dispel the 'Big 5 Safari Myths.'

 

Sherwin uncovers the reality of LGBTQ+ travel in Africa. Discover a welcoming continent that celebrates diversity, with South Africa leading the charge.

Pride is Personal

Sherwin shows off a photo of a lioness, that walks in front of the game vehicle. Sherwin shows off a photo of a lioness, that walks in front of the game vehicle.

 

 

 

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