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Welcome to the Mother City
Cape Town offers plenty of delights for LGBT travellers. By Laurian Powers
PHOTO COURTESY SOUTH AfRiCAn TOURiSM
Known as the Mother City, Cape Town is also a ectionately dubbed
the pink capital of Africa as it is home to a amboyant and vibrant
gay community that is wholly integrated into regular society.
A cosmopolitan city at the tip of Africa one could be mistaken for
believing it was in Southern Europe. Strolling along the cafes of Camps
Bay with the azure water lapping at the shore just beyond the palm
lined pedestrian street, is the sophisticated Cape Town gay community
mingling seamlessly with the rest of the city's laid back citizens. On a
hot summers day the beach is packed with people from all walks of life,
with same-sex couples two-by-two amongst other bronzed t and healthy
beach-goers relaxing with their magazines or enjoying a game of beach
e renowned Waterfront is a world-class shopping, entertainment and
accommodation precinct in the heart of Cape Town's working harbour
and only minutes from the city at the foot of the ever-present and world
famous Table Mountain. Here, those who enjoy a shopping spree, will
nd rst class labels such as Jimmy Choo and Versace amongst many
others. However, as dusk approaches, the city's citizens congregate at chic
'sundowners' spots -- bars with views of the spectacular westerly sunsets.
And from there the downtown streets become alive with twinkling lights
as the restaurants, bars, clubs and pubs begin to ll with their evening
patrons. With a large gay population calling Cape Town home, and with
Cape Town being a welcoming city, the LGBT community is welcome at
all establishments, not just those catering speci cally to them, although
there are, of course, a broad and varied mix of such establishments also.
Cape Town, in its embracing of the gay community, is also home to
two of South Africa's seven annual LGBT events. e Mother City ueer
Project is a festival of opulence and amboyance: where entertainment,
shows, dancing, feasts and costumes all swirl together during a night
of mesmerizing lights and beguiling colours. And Cape Town Pride is
a week-long summer festival held in the heart of the city where street
parades, shows, extravaganzas and a variety of fringe festivities set the
city abuzz with excitement, beaming with pride.
However, if partying isn't quite your style, Cape Town is a city
built magestically between picturesque white sandy beaches and the
steep slopes of Table Mountain and its natural beauty is startling and
omnipresent. Visitors to this magni cent city are treated to a plethora
of outdoor activities to enjoy, whether it be hanging out at the beaches,
hiking the mountainside, driving along the peninsula that juts into the
waters where two oceans meet, hanging out with the penguins or riding
the cable car to the heights of world-famous Table Mountain -- there is
never not anything to do!
But Cape Town is not the only place to rest, relax and enjoy a holiday
free from predjudice and judgement. Only 45 minutes from Cape Town
is the winelands disctricts -- valleys of magni cent beauty with vineyards
creeping up the steep slopes of the mountains that ensconse them. ere
are 18 individual wine-routes to choose from, all o ering gastronomic
delights and boutique gay-friendly guesthouses to ensure a happy
Further up the coast, in the heart of a spectacular district called
the Garden Route, is a fabulous little town called Knysna -- which is
particularly welcoming and is also home to one of South Africa's annual
gay events -- the Pink Loerie Festival, named a er a magni cently
coloured bird native to the districts's forests.
And of course, a visit to South Africa is not complete without a visit
to the wildlife game reser ves where plush and luxuriously welcoming
accommodation o ers guests the opportunity to sight all the African
wildlife in their natural habitat.
So, for your next long-haul holiday, consider a ight from Australia
(Sydney or Perth) directly to South Africa and discover the welcome of
Cape Town and the wonders that Africa holds.
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