An LGBT Honeymoon Ranking index has listed South Africa as one of the top spots in the world for LGBT couples to spend their honeymoon.
The list was compiled by The Latin America Travel Company by assessing LGBT equality in each country, plus overall honeymoon appeal; using a variety of studies, reports and surveys.
“Firstly, we restricted our list to those countries where homosexuality is not criminalised. We then analysed factors including marriage equality, LGBT travel recognition, honeymoon popularity and romantic setting, to assess the best honeymoon destination for LGBT couples,” said the company.
The results saw Canada being named the number one destination for LGBT honeymooners, with New Zealand in second place and Australia in third.
Canada scored so highly thanks to its affirming laws and attitudes as well as its outstanding natural beauty.
South Africa is the only African nation on the list and came in 19th place, ahead of other countries such as Austria, Spain, Germany, Mexico and Brazil.
South Africa lost most points in the area of being forward thinking, perhaps reflecting the reality that while our laws are indeed highly progressive, some of our population remains conservative.
Marriage equality has been enacted in around 27 countries around the globe. Same-sex marriage was legalised in South Africa in 2006 and it remains the only country on the continent to legally recognise same-sex relationships.
In addition, South Africa is a global tourist hotspot packed with incredible and romantic destinations, from the beaches of Cape Town and Durban to the teeming wildlife of the Kruger park. We really have it all!
See the LGBT Honeymoon infograpohic below.