Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in Africa are very limited compared with LGBT rights in Europe and the US. Some parts of Africa are more welcoming of LGBT tourists than others and unfortunately, some still have less progressive stances towards LGBT rights.
With the exception of South Africa, same-sex marriage in Africa is not recognised, and it’s not even legal. Modern-day laws and regulations stem from thousands of years of heritage and history, and of course, tribal culture plays a huge role in making African countries so unique. However, because African culture is very conservative, especially in the Islamic regions, displays of affection between couples are often considered offensive, regardless of the couples’ sexual orientation. On a side note, hand-holding between male friends is quite common, so you will witness this throughout Safari Africa.
If you’re aware of the laws and regulations concerning same-sex relationships before travelling, and you’re prepared to adhere to them, you’re unlikely to encounter any problems. So as long as you’re willing to avoid making public displays of affection, we wouldn’t advise against visiting any destination that we offer.
If you have any questions or concerns about any aspects of travelling to a safari destination, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our experts here, to have a chat about your safari options.