LGBT tourism in South Africa

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LGBT tourism in South Africa is a form of niche tourism marketed to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people who come to 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,[2] the Mother City Queer Costume Party in December [3] and the Out in Africa Film Festival[4] in September/October every year.

Other events include the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras in Knysna, Western Cape and Johannesburg Pride held in Johannesburg in September.

Cape Town[edit]

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.[5]

De Waterkant – the area alongside the city centre and en route to the Green Point Stadium – is referred to as the Pink 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 Vally.[5] The city's numerous cultural attractions and vibrant music[6] and art seen is another draw.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Africa’s Gay Capital: Cape Town, South Africa, accessed 1 October 2010.
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  5. ^ a b "Mapsinfo: Pink Map". Mapsinfo. Retrieved 5 October 2010. 
  6. ^ Fleur Du Cap, access date 5 October 2010.