Helicopter ride over Cape Town
(Photo courtesy of NAC Helicopters)

South Africa is a gloriously beautiful country, blessed with variety in scenery and citizenry. The country’s topography includes mountains, coastlines, arid savannahs and subtropical wetlands, all in an area about double the size of Texas. But the country’s merits extend far beyond its geographical gifts. 

As I tour multiple regions, I realize that less than 30 years after abolishing apartheid, decriminalizing homosexuality, and acknowledging the country’s multiculturalism by naming 11 official languages, the people of South Africa–resplendent and diverse and welcoming and proud–remain the country’s greatest resource.   

Read my full Gay Travel Guide to South Africa in the October issue of Passport Magazine.

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