6 highlights of Cape Town, South Africa for gay travellers

Stefan Arestis

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Cape Town is affectionally known as the Pink City because it is regarded as a sanctum for the LGBTQ community in Africa. The beaches and nightlife are world-class and it’s probably one of the most gay-friendly cities on the entire planet. Adventure travellers are also in for a treat here.

These are 6 highlights of Cape Town for gay travellers.

Clifton Beaches

Clifton is an affluent suburb of Cape Town, famous for its beaches. Look out for Clifton 3rd Beach, frequently rated as one of the best gay beaches in the world.

Clifton 3rd is west facing so has stunning sunsets. The landscape setting is also gorgeous – it is surrounded by steep cliffs with cute narrow stairs. Take note: the water is cold and only serves as a quick dip to cool down.

Camps Bay nightlife

Cape Town's picturesque Camps Bay is a hot spot of nightlife activity. It's located next to Clifton and popular with A-list celebrities who come to party at the up-market bars and clubs along the beach road. The atmosphere here is absolutely electric and the cocktails, divine!

The Victoria & Alfred waterfront

The V&A Waterfront is a shopping complex, located in the magnificent harbour, hosting everything from expensive fashion stores to classy waterside restaurants. You can easily spend an entire day here.

The Huge Ferris Wheel is a must and will give you a good sense of where you are in relation to the mountain looming over the city. A boat trip around the bay will give you a different perspective and you’ll almost certainly see seals and possibly even dolphins or whales.

Victoria and Albert Waterfront highlights from cape town
Victoria and Albert Waterfront in Cape Town

Table Mountain

For some peaceful, alone time, I recommend taking the Cable Car to the top of Table mountain for the best views over the city. There's also an excellent restaurant at the top, which is perfect for a romantic drink with your loved one.

For the fit and adventurous, you could actually hike up the mountain too. It takes about 4 hours and well worth the effort. The views along the way are gorgeous, and it's a great workout for the legs.

Gay nightlife in Green Point

The hip Green Point suburb has some of the best gay bars and club of Cape Town. Some of my favourites include Crew Bar and Amsterdam Action Bar.

Safety tip: to be safe, you shouldn’t wander too far off into the city in the late hours of the night. I highly recommend using the Uber app to get around.

Cape Town Gay Pride

The biggest and most extravagant event of the city is the Cape Town Pride Festival, which takes place in February/March. It’s a 10 days festival full of parties, events, lots of colour, and culminating with a large parade on the final day.

Some of the best pride parties include the Cape Town Pink Party, Pride Women's Space and the Cozy Pool Party Pride Edition, which is the place to come to show off your speedos.

Read more from our favourite prides in the world including the Fierte Canada Pride in Montreal and the awesome Gay Pride in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Also, check out our vlog about Montreal Pride here:


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Stefan Arestis

Stefan is the co-founder, editor and author the gay travel blog nomadicboys.com. As a travel nerd, he has explored more than 80 countries across 5 continents. What he loves the most about travelling is discovering the local gay scene, making new friends and learning new cultures. His advice about LGBTQ travel has been featured in Gay Times, Gaycities, Pink News, Gay Star News, Attitude and Towleroad. He has also written about gay travel for other non-gay specific publications including Lonely Planet, The New York Times, The Guardian and The Huffington Post. Stefan is also a qualified lawyer, having practised as a commercial property litigator in London for over 10 years. He left his lawyer days behind to work full time on Nomadic Boys with his husband Sebastien. Find out more about Nomadic Boys.

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