Tips and Highlights of our gay travel to Cape Town’s south side. From the city center of Cape Town, we made our way to the Cape Peninsula, exploring False Bay. Our base for the second part of our trip to Cape Town, “Gay Travel Cape Town St James” was one of the most luxurious and gay-friendliest guesthouses we have ever visited. Located in St. James, Cape Town overlooking False Bay, we visited Muizenberg with its white beach and colored beach hats, Kalk Bay with some great restaurants and shops, and started our trips south. For this part of South Africa’s Cape Town, on our list was the Cape of Good Hope with its famous Lighthouses at Cape Point National Park and Boulders Beach, home of the African Penguins. We as gay travel bloggers were really lucky to experience wonderful sunny days in Southern Africa autumn getting ready for our Train Safari through Namibia and South Africa. Enjoy the second part of our Cape Town Stories and experience the southern part through a Couple of Men‘s eyes.
Gay Travel Cape Town & St James
Our days in the city center of Cape Town did go by too fast but have been exciting with sightseeing, hiking, and shopping. For the second part of our trip to Cape Town, we took an Uber and made our way south to the shoreline of False Bay. The ride was very fascinating with a surprisingly changing environment and nature. The backside of Table Mountain released wide plains all the way to the horizon. But our Uber driver drove us further south along with the mountain range Muizenberg Mountains and the Silver Mine Nature Reserve. After approximately 45 minutes by car, we arrived at St. James Beach, our home for the next couple of days.
Read more about our Gay City Trip Cape Town Part 1 here >
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Homestead – St. James Guesthouse by Rovos Rail
Let’s start the second part of our Cape Town trip journal with our gay-friendly accommodation. We were invited to test the St. James Guesthouse Homestead owned and managed by Rovos Rail, the luxury train we traveled from Namibia all the way through South Africa to Pretoria. The guesthouse was located in St. James, a suburb of Cape Town in the South overlooking False Bay. Honestly, we cannot recall a gay-friendly guesthouse we stayed at with a better service, a larger guest room, and a better breakfast. Our private apartment was very spacious with a huge bathroom including a freestanding hot tub. Thumbs up and a 100% recommendation for St. James, Cape Town.
Plan your Trip: St. James Guesthouse Homestead
Muizenberg – False Bay – Kalk Bay
Earlier this summer, we learned to surf at the Pacific coast in Anaheim, California. And we loved it! Good to know for surfers: The beaches of Muizenberg are considered to be Cape Town’s main surfing spot, with a dedicated surfing community. We made some long early winter walks along the almost never-ending white beach with its colored beach huts. The view and sand have been wonderful, and so was dinner at Tiger’s Milk with a beach view. Another good place for a walk from St. James with plenty of options for photos and dinner, of course, is the small but picturesque fisher village Kalk Bay. Our tips for a dinner place: delicious pizzas at Satori with a good South African beer and the spectacular view restaurant and the Atlantic shore called Brass Bell. The special thing about this restaurant is the location right at a huge seawater pool with waves crashing against the poolside. Our tip: Get a reservation at the windows all the way in the back. Muizenberg and Kalk Bay are located within short walking distance to our gay-friendly accommodation in St. James.
Starting at the Atlantic Coast of Namibia, we boarded the Rovos Rail luxury train ‘Pride of Africa’ to make our way through Namibia and South Africa to South Africa’s capital city, Pretoria. Read all about our story with photos and tips about our Southern African Train Adventure from Walvis Bay to Pretoria on our blog!
‘Cape of Good Hope’ – Cape Point Nature Reserve
One thing one simply has to visit during a vacation in Cape Town is Cape Point including the Cape of Good Hope. Just to make one thing clear: No, the Cape of Good Hope is not the most southern point of Africa. This is the so-called Cape Agulhas. Nevertheless, it was a special moment for us to overlook the Atlantic Ocean and False Bay from the most southern point of Cape Town on the Cape Peninsula. But back to the beginning. Our Cape adventure started with an Uber ride to the main entrance of the Cape of Good Hope Table Mountain National Park and further to the parking lot of Cape Point Nature Reserve. From there, we had two options, either to hike up to the (new) Cape Point Lighthouse or to take the Funicular. Of course, we hiked up to the red-white lighthouse overlooking Dias Beach, Cape of Good Hope, and the deep blue Atlantic Ocean.
The view was breathtaking. We were so happy to experience that together as a gay couple. But you know us, we didn’t stop right there. But instead, Daan found the narrow trail leading from the new Cape Point lighthouse to the Cape Point overlooking the Old Cape Point Lighthouse down at the rough and rocky shore. From there, you had a stunning view back over the indentation of the southern part of the Cape Peninsula. On your back, we met some local Monkeys and Ostriches. Our tip: Put all your food and beverages in your bags. The monkeys are very curious and drawn to everything they might be able to eat.
Penguins at Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town
On our way back from Cape Point National Park, we had to visit the famous African Penguins. We arrived there in the late afternoon just before the Boulders Penguin Colony should close. Still enough time to capture some great photos and some wonderful memories of these cute little creatures. To peacefully observe their daily routine of walking down to the water and up again to feed their little ones, the South African National Park services build a wooden walkaway around their breeding nests. Although they are super cute, and you just want to cuddle them, please keep your distance and don’t feed them. They remain wild animals and visitors should have consideration for it.
Plan your Trip: Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
How to travel to the southern part of the African continent? Where to stay in Namibia and South Africa? What to do and where to go? We collected the most important information for your South African gay travel adventure with detailed articles, travel information, and links to important and official websites.
Gay City Trip Cape Town – Part 1
Cape Town is a huge city that spans from the city center west of Table Mountain and north from Lion’s Head all the way south to the Cape of Good Hope, all around False Bay to the east, and the industrial area of Atlantis in the north. Besides exploring the south around the Cape Peninsula, we also visited the city center area. We stayed in Green Point and visited V&A Waterfront, Sea Point, De Waterkant, and hiked up to the top of Lion’s Head.
Read more about our Gay City Trip Cape Town here >
Interesting Posts for your Gay Travels:
- Our Tips & Highlights: Gay City Trip Cape Town Part 1 >
- Read all about our Gay Pride Trips around the world >
- All about our Gay Travels around the world as openly Gay Couple >
- Reviews of Hotels around the world: Gay-friendly tested Hotels >
- Good to know: Our Gay Travel Guide Southern Africa >
- Adrenalin thrill: Skydiving Adventure in Namibia >
- Luxury Train Journey: Our Namibia South Africa Namibia >
- Looking for the Big 5: Game Drives at Etosha National Park >
- The biggest Dunes in the world: Our Visit at Sossusvlei >
Now it’s time to plan your Gay Travels to Cape Town, St James & South(ern) Africa
After some adventurous days in Gay Travel Cape Town St. James, it was finally time to board the plane, fly to Walvisbay and board the Rovos Rail train for our 9-days Namibia Safari. On our list was a visit to the Etosha National Park, a flight to the world-famous dunes of Sossusvlei dessert, and exciting days crossing South Africa. There was just one thing to do before boarding the train, and that was to jump out of a plane over the Namibian dessert! Read all about our tandem skydive in Swapokmund here >
Karl & Daan.
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