Welcome to one of the most free constitutions in the world in South Africa where Gay and Lesbian travel is possible in a free society.
The thriving nightlife in South Africa’s cities includes several clubs, pubs and venues that cater for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Supported by South Africa's post-apartheid constitution – the first in the world to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation – these nightlife venues form part of the country’s extensive and welcoming LGBT travel network.
Renowned for their nightlife areas, Johannesburg and Cape Town have a particularly vibrant social scene, which includes clubs and bars exclusively for either men or women from the LGBT communities.
Cape Town, which was recently recognized by the United Kingdom’s Guardian newspaper as one of the 10 most popular gay destinations in the world, has many venues to choose from.
Amongst the most popular are Café Manhattan. Recently renovated by the Madame Zingara group, this iconic eating, meeting and chilling spot is the longest standing venue in the heart of de Waterkant village and has been a firm favourite with locals and tourists alike. The quirky Western décor (including saddle-chairs) and the friendly waiters and barmen will ensure you have a good time, every time.
Bubbles Bar specialises in drag nights and Lion Corner in Observatory is a relaxed pub where you can get a meal or a drink with like-minded people. Also in Cape Town, Bar Code, a men-only venue, has a dress code of leather, rubber and uniforms. Nearby, The Hot House is a men-only leisure club, with sauna, steam room and outdoor sun deck. Amsterdam Action Bar is also a men-only establishment in Cape Town.
In Johannesburg, Oh! Bar is a popular part of the gay and lesbian party scene. Also in Johannesburg, Simply Blue has a reputation as a leading gay bar for ‘people of colour and those who appreciate colour’. There’s also an exclusive bar at the REC Room, a gay sauna. Factory is another men-only bar and fetish meeting space next to Ellis Park Sports grounds.
In Pretoria, Babylon Bar is popular gay hangout (it has a smaller branch in Johannesburg too), and Sauna Boyz includes a bar and restaurant in its men-only facilities.
In Durban, The Lounge is spread over two levels and includes five bars, three dance floors, two outdoor balconies plus lounge areas and pool tables. It's extremely popular with the LGBT community in the city but also welcomes the straight community.
Where to stay in Cape Town ?
1) Amsterdam Guest House
Our rooms are equipped with an air conditioner, telephone, colour television with M-Net (movie channel) and DSTV (satellite TV), video player, hairdryer and your very own en-suite bathroom. Our swimming pool is heated throughout summer and winter. The Executive Suite, Junior Executive Suite and Deluxe Rooms have private coffee and tea facilities. In addition the Executive suite has a flat screen TV and private jacuzzi. Start your day with breakfast at Amsterdam Guest House which is a social and hearty culinary experience, served from 8.00am all the way to 12.00pm. You’ll be surrounded by like minded guests who share their Cape Town day and night life experiences. You can enjoy free broadband WiFi internet access or make use of a guest PC (24 hours per day). We have an extensive video library with over 500 titles in every possible category!
4 grades to choose from
All rooms are equipped with an air conditioner, telephone, colour television with M-Net (pay TV) and DStv (satellite TV), video player and hairdryer. Every room has it's own different designer en-suite bathroom.
We have an extensive video library with over 500 titles to choose from, including all 169 episodes of 'I Love Lucy', Hollywood movies and a wide selection of Blue Movies (gay porno).
Very big room, en-suite, jacuzzi, air-conditioning / heating, coffee station, stunning views, phone, TV and VCR.
Junior Executive Suite
Spacious room, private lounge, en-suite, air-conditioning / heating, coffee station, stunning views, phone, TV and VCR
Big room, en-suite, air-conditioning / heating, coffee station, stunning views, phone, TV and VCR.
2) The Pink Rose Guesthouse & Spa
This is the first pink and gay men only guesthouse offering accommodation in the Cape Winelands and is following the goal to offer a one-of-a-kind B & B (Bed & Breakfast) to the travelling Gay-Community. Your hosts Lars and Detlef from Germany invite you to come and spend some time in sheer luxury for however long you wish. Four stylishly furnished apartments are at your hand in this exclusive home. The guesthouse is situated in a quiet residential area with striking views of the mountains and sea. A decadent breakfast is served daily in the Panorama Lounge, one of the many rooms in the house that is decorated with style. Enjoy your days hanging out at the Chill-Out Area, lounging by the pool (clothing optional), sauna and jacuzzi or indulge in an extravagant massage. Delve into the splendour of surrounding areas like nearby Stellenbosch (only a 10 minute drive) and Cape Town (only a 30 minute drive), breathtaking Cape Point or go whale watching in Hermanus, not to forget Franschhoek with its world class restaurants offering superb wines and gourmet food. Wine Tours, sandy beaches, interesting boutiques and famous Golf courses are only a few of the rewarding experiences the region has to offer.
Enjoy an extensive breakfast in the lounge with panoramic views of the Cape of Good Hope while savouring a tropical fruit salad with seasonal fruit, crunch in a freshly baked crispy roll or taste a cup of aromatic coffee.
Meet other gays for an iced beer in our Chill-Out Area. You might prefer a glass of South African wine and enjoy the sunset or just dream away...
Be pampered in the luscious Spa, an exclusive service for guests and their friends. The facilities include a sun terrace, a sauna, a jacuzzi, an outdoor pool and a relaxation area. Don't forget the excellent massages done by Lars, our professional masseur!
Our partnership with the nearby Virgin Active Health Club has enabled us to offer our guests a reduced admission to all the additional facilities they may need - a 25m swimming pool, saunas, circuit training, cardio equipment and Pilates & Yoga studio. You are also welcome to book a personal trainer.
3) Cactus House
Cape Town is one of the top rated
worldwide gay destinations. Whether you're visiting for the first time or
returning for more, you'll find a warm welcome from the friendliest city in
Africa. If you long for sun-washed mornings, unhurried afternoons, and escaping
to a relaxed and comfortable place, then we look forward to welcoming you at
Whether you are staying for business or pleasure our aim is ensure you have a great stay here in Cape Town. Upon arrival we will show you around and make sure you know where everything is, if you need internet connectivity we will arrange that straight away.
If you have any questions about Cape Town, restaurant, nightlife or tourist activity we will be more then happy to help.
Where to stay in Durban ?
Durban View Guest House
When in Cape Town visit the HotHouse - Steam and Leisure in Jarvis street at the Waterkant Village
Get your pulse racing....
- Bar and Restaurant
- Private cabins
- Adult Shop
- TV and Video Lounges
- Steam Room
- Sun Deck with views
- Dark Room
- Free Internet and wi-fi
- Glory Holes
- A safe place to meet
The After party - every Sunday morning / Under 25's = specials price ! /
Buddy night - every Monday and Thursday night - 2 for the price of 1 )
- Shisa! Guest farm - for men only
80 minutes from Cape Town --- Relaxation / privacy / Stylish Rooms and Mountain Views
- Petersfield Farm
Escape to a gay owned mountain farm less than 2 hours from Cape Town in the Citrusdal valley with dreamy cottages offering complete privacy, private plunge pools and magical settings