Category Archives: South Africa

By @ 05/06/19 in Cape Town, Correspondent, Gay travel, John Walker, South Africa, Travel

Top 5 south africa experiences in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineThese are the top 5 Cape Town experiences from our Australia correspondents John Walker and Gavin Patterson who visited last year.

Table Mountain Cablecar 

Carried to the top of this spectacular mountain by a state of the art revolving cable car, this iconic vantage point allows visitors to drink in the unsurpassed vistas of Cape Town’s breathtaking coastline. Free guided tours present an informative overview of the fascinating flora and fauna. Weather permitting, you might choose an abseiling adventure or a hike for your return journey

Gold 

Offering a traditional theatre restaurant experience in the heart of the De Waterkant district, Gold is a memorable evening of melodic tribal voices, colourful costumes, striking masks, and rhythmic folk dance. A visit here includes a selection of African foods, interactive performances and face painting by the friendly and attentive staff, offering exceptional photo opportunities.

Bo Kaap Street Tour

The pastel, candy coloured houses are the main feature of this photogenic quarter of the city. Our local guide Shiralene revealed a personal history of the descendants of the Cape Malay, muslim slaves, who settled here after emancipation in the early 19th century. We were treated to a traditional dinner in a family home as part of our tour. A unique experience not to be missed.

District 6 Museum and Company Gardens

If the fascinating and sometimes sordid history of Cape Town is your interest, don’t miss the tour of District 6 Museum recounted by locals who grew up during the time when thousands of people from this area were forcibly relocated under apartheid laws. 1n 1994 this museum became a place for reflection and contemplation of discrimination and injustice.

Cape Town Gay Bars

There is something for all tastes in this vibrant gay scene. Your night will be off to a great start with a meal at the Manhattan Club or a burger at Beefcakes before a more serious selection from some of the cheekiest nightclubs on offer. Crew Bar provides a shot of shirtless staff fraternisation while Versatile Bar offers a semi-naked tryst with patrons stripping to their bare essentials.

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By @ 01/09/18 in Cape Town, CheckOut, Gay honeymoon, Gay travel, South Africa, Travel

Twelve Apostles Hotel, Cape Town in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineThe luxurious but relaxed Twelve Apostles Hotel, Cape Town, tucked into a lush national park, fronts the South Atlantic Ocean and is near vibrant communities with beautiful wide beaches — including Sandy Beach, the gay nude beach and Clifton 3rd Beach, the gay strand — and scores of cafes, markets and restaurants where you can sip a South African rosé and do some serious people watching. It’s a 15-minute drive from the city center so it would require some planning if gay nightlife is a priority. Twelve Apostles Hotel makes a good base to explore wine country.

Location

Located on a rise southwest of downtown Cape Town overlooking the dramatic swells of the South Atlantic, the hotel is flanked by Table Mountain National Park and the Twelve Apostles mountain range. Facing due west you’re almost guaranteed spectacular sunsets nightly, which you can enjoy with cocktails on the pool-side Azure Deck. The gorgeous hotel is convenient to bustling Camps Bay and Green Point, communities with numerous options for enjoying the delicious farm- and sea-to-table cuisine and wines for which South Africa is known; sunning, swimming and flirting at Clifton 3rd Beach, the gay beach and the nearby gay, nude Sandy Beach; taking in in the beautiful scenery; or frolicking in the chilly water (if you dare).

Downtown Cape Town’s tourist attractions are a little farther away but the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to town center till around 9:30pm. After that it’s an inexpensive Uber ride back to the hotel.The hotel may be better suited to a couple seeking a romantic getaway than gay visitors wishing to experience gay nightlife and meet locals since there are a few logistics involved. Best to enjoy the incredible amenities of the hotel and also the proximity to wine country. We arranged a day-trip visit to Bouchard Finlayson, which is under the same family ownership as Twelve Apostles Hotel. Wine-tinted memories are a tad hazy but the drive was lovely, the vino was flowing and the views were eye-popping on this 308-acre vineyard which also offers beautiful botanist-led nature walks.

Amenities

The Twelve Apostles operates a 16-seat screening room available to guests with a new schedule of complimentary movies each month. There’s a small but very well-equipped gym with several machines and free weights; It’s covered on nearly every surface with mirrors (including the sloped ceilings) so you can snap a few cool pumped-up photos for your, ahem, travel apps. The hotel features several dining and drinking options including a casual pool side open-air cafe, a fine-dining restaurant and a beautiful bar, all taking advantage of the incredible ocean views. We loved just hanging out on the Azure Deck by the pool noshing and sipping the hours away while enjoying the ocean views.

The spa in a lower level is a mix of African and Eastern styles. It’s small but intimate and the salt soak is a great way to detox after a day of all that pool-side wine-sipping. It also offers the Rasul Chamber where couples can rub mud on one another and then shower off (in privacy). There is also a private gazebo overlooking the ocean for couples massage.

Room/Bathroom

There are 55 deluxe guest rooms and 15 luxurious suites overlooking the mountains or the sea. Whichever direction you face, the views are stunning. The light and airy rooms are an eclectic mix of contemporary African and classical European styles (the combination of local and European styles typifying the Red Carnation aesthetic) with the modern amenities you’d expect in an upscale hotel. The bathrooms are modern and spacious and very comfortable. We love the plush bathrobes.

Twelve Apostles Hotel, Cape Town in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Presidential Suite

Gay factor

The hotel is consistently included in lists of best and most romantic hotels in the world. Family-owned luxury brand Red Carnation Hotels purchased the hotel in 2002 and painstakingly restored it and the surrounding gardens. The result is a laid-back luxury, with lots of lovely decorative touches and friendly but relaxed service.

If your  primary goal is nightlife or meeting locals, this hotel may not be the best choice for you. Nightlife is a good drive away and there aren’t that many guys conveniently nearby as you’ll quickly see on Grindr or Scruff. This is a better choice for those seeking to enjoy a romantic getaway, celebrating a milestone with another couple or small group or capping off a fun few days at a hotel closer to the action.

Rates

Rates range from US$600 and up, and include a very good breakfast.  With the U.S. dollar still very strong against the South African rand, with $1 fetching over 14 rands, accommodations, restaurants, wine and activities are a very good value. The hotel offers a range of special offers. https://www.12apostleshotel.com/offers

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By @ 08/11/16 in Gay honeymoon, Gay marriage, Gay travel, Hotels, ManAboutWorld, South Africa, Travel

12 apostles poolWhen trying to decide where to spend your honeymoon, most places make you choose: the cosmopolitan city life or the quiet rural getaway? The sunny beach paradise or the intrepid adventure? Luckily, when you choose South Africa, you can do them all.  And when you go, you stay at the Twelve Apostles Hotel, an intimate five-star property romantically nestled between a breathtaking mountain range and the ocean. Get inspired (and get plannin’) for your upcoming honeymoon in Cape Town or beyond with ManAboutWorld’s FREE guide

Cape Town remains a pioneer in gay hospitality, and the Twelve Apostles furthers that notion with their exquisite honeymoon packages which include personalized embroidered towels, sparkling wine, a rose petal turndown, a sensual couples massage, and a visit to their gorgeous spa.

12 Apostles in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The hotel itself is across the street from Oudekraal Beach, far enough away from Cape Town’s city center to ensure the serenity and peace you and your new hubby desire, but close enough to zip into town for some urban nightlife. It’s also near Camps Bay, a fabulous beach community with gorgeous vistas. The rooms are a mix of African art and modern amenities, a country-chic vibe made tropical with sweeping ocean views. We suggest a romantic dinner for two at one of the hotels haute restaurants, a five-star dining experience that won’t break the bank (remember, the Rand is currently .70 cents on the dollar, making Cape Town’s honeymoon bliss as affordable as it is luxurious.)

12 Apostles in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineIf your lofty honeymoon dreams haven’t been achieved with those sunset beach strolls and romantic dinners, we recommend a scenic drive to the gorgeous town of Stellenbosch, a bucolic wine country getaway, where you’ll swear you’ve been transported to Tuscany. Spend an extra day or two with your husband sipping on local South African wines and noshing on some of the best cuisine in the continent.

For honeymooners who love the intimacy of romantic beach walks, sunset naps, breathtaking excursions into the wild, city life craziness and the respite of wine country heaven, South Africa has it all. And when we want to do South Africa in affordable style and luxury, Twelve Apostles is the only five-star resort we choose.

For affordable luxury, culture and romance in Cape Town and beyond, check out ManAboutWorld’s FREE guide now12 Apostles in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine.

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By @ 08/01/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, South Africa, Travel

 

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In Cape Town, The Ellerman House is a classic Edwardian house refurbished to the highest aesthetic standards, sexy and elegant, and surrounded by nature and ocean. This hotel is all romance and sophistication with none of the pretense. A lovely staff will help you with everything, from serving you breakfast on your terrace overlooking Bantry Bay, to offering suggestions that allow you to enjoy the city. The hotel also has a wonderful private art gallery. This remains one of our favorite hotels of all time.

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By @ 07/09/14 in Africa, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, South Africa, Travel

dl5Our June issue included a story about an unforgettable and romantic journey aboard Rovos Rail in South Africa and we just can’t get enough of that beautiful, vast continent.

So let’s go back! Lesbian-owned and run Wild Rainbow African Safaris (by the fabulous Jody Cole) is marking its 10th anniversary with a new line up of customized, guided safaris for 2015, including a Mt. Kilimanjaro climb; a safari in Tanzania; a canoeing and walking safari in Zimbabwe; a gorilla safari in Rwanda; a diverse South African walking safari; and much more. For a full lineup and to learn more about the company visit their website.

 

 

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By @ 02/25/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Robert Sharp, South Africa, Travel
Watch out below!

Watch out below!

We wrap up each issue with a section we call “Parting Shots” — images taken by our Global Correspondents around a theme, which was “modes of transport” this month.

In the words of our Correspondent Robert Sharp,

The world’s tallest bungee on the Bloukrans Bridge in South Africa was so epic that my shrieks could be heard from the viewing platform half a mile away!

Click here for more information about Out-Adventures‘ global gay tours. Click here to claim your free issue to ManAboutWorld to see other Parting Shots and read our other coverage including South Florida (Ft Lauderdale, Key West, Palm Beach, Miami), Berlin, Burlington (VT), Vienna and more.

 

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