Summer is a great time to escape winter in the northern hemisphere. South Africa was the first country globally to include a sexual orientation protection clause in its Constitution to ensure the rights of all people and the fifth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, making it one of the most LGBTQ welcoming destinations.
Visit Cape Winelands: The Cape Winelands is the wine region of the Western Cape Province and is the largest wine-producing region in South Africa. Boasting some of the most regal views in South Africa, you’ll find vineyards set in little Dutch and French villages to taste some of the world’s best wine.
Explore The Zietz Museum of Contemporary Arts Africa: Housed in an old grain silo at the V&A Waterfront, this museum holds the largest collection of contemporary art of the African diaspora, displaying some of the world’s most innovative African art. The museum’s galleries are dedicated to featured exhibitions on several levels, with the fourth floor dedicated to the permanent collections. The institution also includes the Center for Art Education, the Centre for the Moving Image and a dedicated project space for emerging artists.
See Cape Town from Above: For an Instagram-worthy view of the Rainbow Nation, Cape Town Helicopters is an experience not to be missed. Offering a quieter and more eco-friendly Airbus craft with 270-degree views, you can do several tours, including Cape Town, Robben Island, or the VIP Winelands flight (a full peninsula flight around Cape Point that lands at Helderberg Wine Route, where haute cuisine is paired with a fusion of Italian and South African cuisine.
Woodstock Street Art Tour: Once a bustling seaside resort that transformed into a semi-industrial area, Woodstock, just outside of Cape Town, is now a creative hub of the Mother City with artist studios, furniture showrooms, creative agencies, hip and trendy coffee shops and eateries lining its streets. Guided expert tours take you through the vibrant alleys and streets of Woodstock, offering in-depth knowledge of the art that adorns the walls and buildings, the artists who created them as well as insightful stories of the role that art plays in the area’s transformation.
Full Moon Hike up Lion’s Head: The full moon Hike up Lion’s Head at night is a luminous experience like no other, starting around 6-8pm and only occurs once a month. At 669 meters high, Lions Head full moon hike offers excellent views of the city illuminated by the moon and city’s sparkling evening sky. The Lion’s Head panoramic view also includes Table Mountain and the city of Cape Town.
Photos Courtesy of Visit South Africa