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LGBTQ Leadership In South Africa

Travel and develop your skills in this 13 night program. Through conversations with local LGBTQ community members, workshops and group discussions, participants will deepen their understanding of themselves and finish the trip with a group of friends that some will call family. 

Visit Johannesburg, Magaliesburg, Pilanesberg National Park, Cape Town and the Winelands.
Departing: 02 April 2022
Nights: 13

13 Nights accommodation as per itinerary
All meals (except two dinners)
All in country travel and excursions as mentioned
Donations for community partners
All program materials

Excludes: International Flights, Visas and Travel Insurance, Drinks, Tips and Gratuities

Price From: USD 3 099 / EUR 2 795 / ZAR 47 900 (Per Person Sharing)*
USD 3 349 / EUR 2 995 / ZAR 51 400 (Single Room)
*Early bird special, book by 31 Dec 21

Your Itinerary

Johannesburg sunset

DAY 1: Johannesburg - ARRIVAL

Arrive at OR Tambo International airport, where you will be met on arrival and escorted to your hotel. During dinner there will be an opportunity to meet your fellow travellers, and set the scene for the upcoming trip.

Accommodation: City Lodge Hotel
Meals: Dinner


After breakfast, first stop and tour is the famous Apartheid museum, followed by lunch and a visit in Soweto Township. In the afternoon there will be time for afternoon drinks in Sandton City and the first workshop. 

Dinner is in Illovo, followed by an optional night out to a local LGBTQ nightclub.

Accommodation: Sandton, Johannesburg
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Included: Apartheid Museum, Soweto Tour and afternoon workshop
Cradle of Humankind caves

Day 3: Cradle Of Humankind and Magaliesburg

After breakfast we visit the paleoanthropological site self-proclaimed as the Cradle of Humankind. Declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1999, The site currently occupies 47,000 hectares (180 sq mi) and contains a complex of limestone caves. The Sterkfontein Caves were the site of the discovery of a 2.3-million-year-old fossil Australopithecus africanus (nicknamed "Mrs. Ples"), founded in 1947.

“All of humanity shares an African heritage. We are one, diverse species across the globe with our roots in Africa”

Accommodation: Arbour Gardens
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Included: Cradle of Humankind Tour

Day 4: Botshabelo

Spend the day at Botshabelo Community Trust getting to know the children, management and their advocacy for LGBTQ orphans.

Accommodation: Arbour Gardens
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Botshabelo Community Trust

Day 5: Pilanesberg National Park

After breakfast we depart for the Pilanesberg National Park, on the way we stop for lunch and sightseeing at Hartbeespoort Dam. 

Among Southern Africa’s fascinating game reserves, Pilanesberg National Park is possibly the most accessible. Situated in the ecologically rich transition zone between the Kalahari and the Lowveld, this vast area promises thrilling big game viewing in a malaria free environment. On arrival at Manyane Resort we will check in and get ready for an open barbeque/braai dinner.

Accommodation: Manyane Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Pilanesberg Safari

It's an early start as we get up with the sunrise for our morning Game Drive. Manyane Resort is situated within the Pilanesberg National Park that consists of numerous hills, wooded ravines and grassed open plains, making the area very picturesque. The park boasts a healthy population of lion, leopard, black and white rhino, elephant and buffalo - hopefully we will cross Africa’s “Big Five' 'from our list.

Return to the lodge for breakfast and free time before lunch is served. Following lunch we will meet for a workshop before our afternoon Game Drive and dinner at the Lodge.

Accommodation: Manyane Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Included: 2 x Game Drives
Manyane Resort Pilansberg
Cape Town Sunset

Day 7: Cape Town

After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our flight to Cape Town.

Following light sightseeing in Cape Town we check into our Cape Town accommodation and get ready for dinner with our local hosts.

Accommodation: Cape Town Villas
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 8 - 10: Cape Town

Over the next three days we will take in all the Cape Town has to offer! 

“One cannot help to immediately fall in love with the Mother City”

Included will be a township tour, visit to Table Mountain, Green Market Square, Muizenberg, Kalk Bay, Simonstown and the famous penguins, Cape Point and Camps Bay.

Accommodation: Cape Town Villas
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and 2 x Dinner’s
Included: All sightseeing as above

Stellenbosch vineyard

DAY 11: Stellenbosch

This is wine country, be prepared for a full day wine tasting from over six different wineries in the stunning region of Stellenbosch.

Accommodation: Stellenbosch
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Included: Wine tour

DAY 12: Wild Coast

A busy day as we depart for the airport and a flight to East London, on arrival we will meet with a group that supports and advocates for trans sex workers. 

After lunch a transfer to the beautiful Morgans Bay, where we check in for the evening. The peaceful seaside holiday village of Morgan Bay is located less than an hour from East London on South Africa's stunning Wild Coast, and is blessed with a mile-long beach, safe swimming lagoon and picturesque sea cliffs.

Accommodation: Morgan's Bay Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Morgans Bay Hotel
Morgans Bay

DAY 13: Morgan's Bay

After breakfast we will meet for a workshop and overview ‘bringing it all together’ discussion. 

The afternoon is free time to enjoy the beach and surrounding opportunities for hiking.

Accommodation: Morgan's Bay Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 14: Farewell

A time to say goodbye, with a lifetime of memories and new friendships made.

After breakfast we will depart for the local airport for our flight to Johannesburg and everyone's personal onwards international flights.
LGBTQ Interchange

Trip Notes

The itinerary/hotels are subject to change according to availability

The itinerary does not mention all workshops with the full trip notes provided to participants. The trip centres around intersectionality and inclusivity, anyone is welcome to join and workshop material is optional.  This is an interactive trip so you will still meet all of the community partners, many not yet mentioned above. This program is ideal for anyone who wants to develop their leadership skills, learn more about intersectionality or wants to become a more effective collaborator. 

LGBTQ in South Africa

South Africa is worlds apart when it comes to being classed as an LGBTQ welcoming destination. In fact, LGBTQ people hold rights equal to non-LGBTQ people. South Africa was the first country in the world to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in its constitution, back in 1996.

Ten years later, in November 2006, South Africa became the fifth country globally to legalise same-sex marriage. The larger cities such as Cape Town and Johannesburg offer a full-scale LGBTQ scene, including their own annual Prides. However, even some of the smaller cities and towns such as Port Elizabeth, and Stellenbosch in the Western Cape now have bars that have become known as the local LGBTQ hangout.

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