Knowing the local laws is essential for the safety of LGBTQ+ travelers, especially when so many countries on the African continent criminalize same-sex relations. In many African countries there is very little understanding of the diverse identities that make up the queer spectrum, and finding Mainland gay-friendly hotels can feel like a needle in a haystack.
Homosexuality is illegal in 31 of the 54 African countries. In some countries this is little more than a technicality, and in practice displays of affection between people of the same sex rarely result in any punishment. In others, however, same-sex (and often, but not always) lesbian relationships are punishable by fines, jail time and, in extreme circumstances, death.
Fortunately, more African countries have legalized same-sex activity, and some of them are among the top destinations on the continent.
One country, however, stands out for its openness to the queer community, offering several gay-friendly hotels. This country is South Africawhich served as a beacon for LGBTQ+ rights for many years and established active gay communities in many of its major cities.
But there are also others that are beginning to open up and offer hotel options to the LGBTQ+ community on the African continent, allowing members of this community to enjoy the best Africa has to offer when it comes to hospitality. safety and comfort.
Below are some gay-friendly hotels in Africa.