The month of June longs reigns as International Pride Month, and if you're still looking for ways to celebrate, why not opt for a local getaway?
From remote reserves to relaxing resorts, South Africa is filled to the brim with a stellar selection of 'gaycation' destinations.
So, if you're ready to pack your bags and hit the road with your loved one, or your crew, here are our top picks to consider this month, or any month of the year.
Dolphin Coast, KwaZulu Natal
If you simply must go down the sea this June, make sure it's somewhere along the Dolphin Coast — tucked up against the northern coast of KwaZulu Natal. Inviting rock pools at low tide, and the wonderfully warm Indian Ocean make this region hard to top. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins at play.
Franschhoek, Western Cape
If you're in the mood to escape the crowds and snap up those off-peak rates during Pride Month, make a beeline for Franschhoek. With its fine mix of vineyards, awe-inspiring views, and heart-warming cuisine, it's easy to see why this glamorous little town is so irresistible. Don't forget to book your tickets for a little fun on the Wine Tram!
Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga
The Kruger National Park has long been a highlight for nature aficianados and birders for well over a century, so it comes as no surprise that we're adding it to our June ‘gaycation’ list. From luxury lodges to glamping under the stars, the best thing about the Kruger (aside from the wildlife!) is that you can enjoy it on your own terms.
Cape Town, Western Cape
The Mother City ticks all the right boxes for those looking to celebrate Pride Month. Our favourite hang out spots? Strolla Restaurant & Bar in Sea Point and Gigi Rooftop at St. George’s Mall. Wherever you end up, be sure to experience at least one of those legendary Cape Tonian sunsets, and of course, Cape Town’s iconic Pride Festival.
The Berg, KwaZulu Natal
Winter in the Berg is more than ideal. Just imagine it: misty mountains, crackling log fires, hot chocolate and chunky woollen knits. In the spirit of Pride Month, Little Switzerland Resort in Bergville is hosting its own Pride Weekend From 24–26 June 2022. Their jam-packed programme features everything from cocktail tastings to a ‘know your culture’ quiz night, and a dazzling cabaret show with dinner. Yas, queen!