Gay Travel Africa: Top 5 LGBTQ+ Friendly African Safaris
This Gay Travel Africa guide is tailored for an LGBTQ+ member planning an Africa safari but feeling unsure about the most welcoming destinations.
With over 64 countries in the world still counting gay as illegal, identifying yourself as member/part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer – LGBTQ+ community means the number of places to visit are extremely minimal.
In Uganda the word “Kuchu” is used to refer to gay Ugandans. It is derived from Swahili word which means same. The word was chosen considering the negative connotations of the word –Gay and Homosexual.
Ever since the 1800s, sexual acts between men have been highly forbidden in most African countries such as Uganda and this is in reference to the Penal Code Act in 1950 as unnatural offices and indecent practices. An amendment in 2000 criminalized sexual intercourse of the same genders and the convicted faced 7 year jail in prison.
As of 2009, the proposed Anti-Homosexuality Act extended the definition of the offices and tough penalties were introduced. Capital punishment was proposed for persons who engage in the sexual intercourse with similar sex. With countries such as Uganda being tough on LGBTQ+, travel space for such persons is extremely narrow.
What interesting is that not all hope is lost for gay travelers worldwide. Regardless of the laws put in place, there are many destinations to explore on Gay Travel –LGBTQ+ Friendly African Safaris.
We provide memorable gay safaris in destinations such as Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa, Namibia and Tanzania. Not only do we know the Gay friendly destinations, but also the hotels/safari lodges that accommodate LGBTQ+ travelers across all the destinations where African safaris are carried out. Talk to an expert and we can guide you appropriately.
Whether you would like to join a group safari or an independent tailor-made trip for you and your dear one, there is an option. Talk to an expert to plan and book your budget/luxury gay travel Africa safari.
At Afri-Trek Holidays Ltd, we take you on unforgettable face-to-face experience in Africa; explore the continent’s breathtaking landscapes, diverse wildlife and more.
Safest African Countries for LGBTQ+ Travelers:
Our recommendation, South Africa is the most famous destination and while here, expect to immerse in the country’s vast Kruger National Park as you search for the big five game.
From South Africa, proceed to the Serengeti National Park located in Northern tourist circuit, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that guarantees all travelers remarkable wildlife sightings.
At Serengeti National Park, expect to spend a full day or days as you search for the big five game: leopards, rhinos, lions, buffaloes, and elephants.
In addition, do not forget to observe the great migration –see over 15 million wildebeest plus 1000s of other grazers as they move in huge numbers searching for pasture and water. Other things to see on Serengeti safaris include 500 bird species, cheetahs, hyenas, crocodiles, and more.
The main highlight of great migration is the River crossing –at the Mara River or Grumeti River. Watch wildebeest cross amidst the hungry Nile crocodiles, and in the wild, there are savanna predators such as lions hunting these mammals.
South Africa – The Safest African Country for Gay Travelers:
As of 2006, South Africa featured as the only 5th nation in the world to legalize the same-sex marriage. Today, South Africa is currently Africa’s most LGBTQ friendly destination and explored by gay travelers.
Visit some of the country’s largest cities including Cape Town and Johannesburg, the most vibrant gay areas. You can embark on sidewalk cafes and nightlife as well as experience the blue flag beaches and mountains.
The must-visit parks or reserves in South Africa include Madikwe Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, and Pilanesberg National Park.
Tanzania – Serengeti National Park;
Top Things to Do in Serengeti for Gay Travelers:
There is plenty to enjoy on gay safaris in Serengeti NP. The main attractions/activities to do include hot air balloon safaris, nature walks, explore the Olduvai Gorge, the Serengeti Visitor Centre, observe the Great Migration, Lobo Valley, visit the Bologonya springs, and visit the Maasai people.
Is Tanzania Safe for LGBTQ+ Visitors?
YES, Tanzania is safe for all LGBTQ+ travelers. While the practice is illegal, many LGBTQ visitors have traveled and explored Tanzania’s leading tourist destinations such as Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater.
In Tanzania, the friendly LGBTQ accommodation includes the Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa.
Rwanda – Best Gay Travel Africa Country:
Home to spectacular rainforests and rare mountain gorillas, Rwanda is one of the gay-friendly destinations. Unlike some African nations, Rwanda is one East African state with no LGBTQ regulations.
Gay Travel Africa Lodges Guide – LGBTQ+ friendly safari lodges in Rwanda:
One & Only Gorilla’s Nest, Bisate Lodge and Singita Kwitonda Lodge.
Kenya for Gay Travelers;
While Kenya was once considered not LGBTQ+ friendly destination, gays and lesbians can noe enjoy the magical Kenya safely.
Since 1897, same-sex relationships have been illegal with culprit to be penalized 14 years in prison. Since the high court of Kenya overturned the strict laws against gay people, Kenya is now a safe go place to LGBTQ+ travelers.
Despite any conservativeness, Kenya is still safe for LGBTQ visitors. Kenya is East Africa’s leading destination and doesn’t discriminate on visitors coming to explore its wonders.
Like Uganda, Tanzania and other strict states, our advice is that; simply keep everything to yourself and don’t make the practice public.
Endeavor to respect the local cultures and traditions while on Kenya safaris. In Kenya – the ideal places to stay on gay safaris include;- The Tribe Hotel, Movenpick Hotel & Residences, Trademark Hotel, Village Market, LIA Hotel & Training Centre)
Uganda – Safe but Keep Low Profile:
Uganda is amazing a destination with irresistible beauty and while the law is tough on LGBTQ+, it is possible to travel and explore the country’s natural endowments then return safely.
Despite the recent signed law, Uganda isn’t a no-go zone destination. Many visitors have traveled and visited their favorite destinations and all is possible when you plan and book your vacation with a local expert.
We have knowledge on which destination to visit and accommodation to book in Entebbe, Kampala, and while in the parks.
In Uganda – Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is one place to consider spending a night.
Namibia – 2nd Most LGBT Friendly Country:
Embark on Desert escape with local expert and enjoy your LGBTQ travel in
Namibia, Africa. Namibia is a safe place for LGBTQ travelers despite the laws and what is important is to ensure that everything that you do shouldn’t be made public.
Places to visit while on gay safaris in Namibia include Etosha National Park, Windhoek city, the Skeleton Coast, Waterberg Plateau Park, Victoria Falls, Damaraland, Namib-Naukluft Park and more.
Tips for Gay Travel Africa Safari:
Africa is a rich and diverse continent with distinct history, culture and breathtaking landscapes. If it is your first time visiting Africa on LGBTQ vacation, planning a trip can be challenging given the different laws set by different countries.
To be on a safer side, it is important to plan and book LGBTQ vacation with a tour operator on ground.
The local tour operators are knowledgeable about the destinations to visit and accommodation facilities that accept gay travelers. While at the destination or accommodation, it is important to exercise the highest level of respect to local cultures, and traditions.
Take note that LGBTQ legal status isn’t the same each year. The status keeps changing although some nations have had positive development about the practice.
Embrace the cultural sensitivity and respect locals regardless of the destination you plan to spend your vacation.
Stay safe and try as much as you can to avoid potential risks- research about the legal landscapes and societal attitudes towards the gay travelers.
Communication and collaboration with the rest of the gay visitors and allies –keep in touch with the fellow gay travelers.
For safety reasons, try as much as you not use location-based dating apps like scruf/grindr. This is to reduce on any potential risks and ensuring that you travel safely and enjoy your vacation.
Read, understand your rights and seek assistance when needed. Take time reading and understanding destinations regulations and know your rights.
Prioritize your well-being & self-care –get adequate rest, keep your balance diet on check and indulge in experiences that bring you joy and relaxation.
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