Now, thanks to South African Airways Vacations, share your pride with a nine-day luxury escape for only $1,999 plus tax. Book by May 16 for round-trip economy airfare from New York City, Washington, D.C. or Los Angeles (add approx. $150) plus six breakfasts, two dinners, ground transfers, a wine estate tour and five-star accommodations both in the Mother City (the hyper mod 15 on Orange Hotel, near the National Gallery and Company Gardens) and the Western Cape winelands (Rijk’s Country House, newly restored Cape Dutch digs on a sedate, quaint vineyard). Prices are based on double occupancy and include fuel surcharges. Best of all, SAA Vacations’ president assures us there is plenty of availability around Pride festival dates.
For those who prefer a more a la mode experience, stand-alone fares on FlySAA.com are $680 round trip but do not include taxes or fuel surcharge of approximately $412. Beware of price gouging when choosing amongst the city’s bevy of hotels and B&Bs. A safe bet is the gay-owned and run Glen Boutique Hotel in Sea Point, featuring slickly appointed rooms, a convivial atmosphere, and a busy happy hour that sees locals flocking to the pool.
Visit Cape Town Pride’s website for festival specifics. This year sees a Miss & Mr. Cape Town Pageant, a sports day, beach braai, Pink Ball party cruise, citywide club night, raucous parade, community seminars, and the long-running and ever-popular Out in Africa Film Festival.