(LGBTQ Travellers) – The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer community plays a substantial role in the international travel industry. Before the Pandemic, LGBTQ travellers from the USA contributed over US$50.00 billion annually on travel. LGBTQ travellers were also influential in the recovery of global tourism. Put simply, gay people love travelling, but it requires a lot of research for them to do so safely and comfortably. Today, there are still 64 countries around the globe that have anti-gay laws in place. Fortunately, there is light at the end of the tunnel – especially in Africa.
We have had first-hand information planning and customizing and creating tailor-made itineraries for LGBTQ travellers visiting East Africa.
At GoExplore We are committed to providing a safe, inclusive and enjoyable travel experience for all of our guests. As such, we have no discrimination policy against any person based on race or national origin. The company and every single one of its staff members, from our Africa Safari Experts to Our Team Leader and support teams, have the utmost respect for every traveller we host in East Africa.
Africa is a very beautiful and interesting place. But, it’s not always safe for gay travellers to travel there. There are some countries that do have legislation that bans same-sex marriage, but these are few and far between. Many countries also have anti-discrimination laws that protect against any kind of discrimination due to your sexuality or gender identity however in East Africa, Uganda, Kenya & Tanzania don’t tolerant these practices but as long as you refrain from displays of affection in public spaces and remain discreet about your sexuality and gender identity, you will have nothing to worry about on your safari trip.
Many African countries rely heavily on tourism. Travellers contribute millions to these economies every time they book a trip to see the Great Wildebeest Migration in the Masai Mara or Serengeti or track gorillas in the misty rainforests of Uganda. As a result, thousands of livelihoods depend on tourism. And working with people from all over the world, the majority of these individuals are open-minded and accepting of those that identify as LGBTQ (Travel) and disagree with the anti-gay laws and public outlook of their countries.
Some other African Countries are acceptive of this, but when in any other African country, especially ones with anti-LGBTQ laws, for example, Uganda, Kenya & Tanzania it’s strongly advised to avoid any public displays of affection when around locals – even if you’re heterosexual. This is because many African cultures are conservative, and deeply religious, It’s always important to remember that you chose to travel to a country and need to respect their views and customs, whether you agree or not. We understand that it’s incredibly difficult to have to do this, but it’s not only respect for other cultures, it also keeps you safe.
It is important to be aware of local laws and customs regarding LGBTQ Travel rights in the country and regions you plan to visit. Keep a low profile, avoid public displays of affection, and be cautious about who you disclose your sexual orientation or gender identity. Consider reaching out to LGBTQ travel organizations or online communities for advice and recommendations.
“As Safari and Travel Experts, we embrace the challenges that arise when working with clients who have valid concerns about travelling to unfamiliar territories, whether that is families with young children, the LGBTQ community or solo travellers. Nervousness is natural, especially when exploring new horizons, but with our Expert knowledge in East Africa, we have seen this and we are very much confident in handling all these concerns from a much more professional level”
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