Staying Safe in Kenya

Due to safety concerns regarding a rise in discrimination towards LGBT people in Tanzania, we’ve rerouted our our annual luxury safari through neighbouring Kenya.

Despite the dark trigger, we’re actually ecstatic about the new destination. Kenya has some of the best preserved national parks on the continent, a wealth of wildlife that includes the Big Five, Earth’s largest flock of flamingos and The Great Wildebeest Migration, not to mention delicious food and top-notch accommodations. Also, it’s noted as the birthplace of the modern safari!

All that said, we’re aware Kenya comes with it’s own concerns and considerations. Please find a helpful list of frequently asked questions regarding safety in this sensational south African country below.

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What I Wish I Knew Before Joining a Gay Tour of Morocco

Morocco is sand-sational. But as the only Muslim-majority destination Out Adventures organizes gay travel through, it does cause some hesitation among clients.

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Planning Your First African Safari: A Primer

Cohosts Peter and Robert take a step-by-step approach to planning an African Safari in the latest episode of The Out Adventures Gay Travel Podcast. Special guest Billy Hare — Sales Manager at Rhino Africa — offers invaluable insight into this historic travel experience. Continue reading “Planning Your First African Safari: A Primer”

Introducing Youssef, our magnificent Morocco guide.

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While the bazaars, riads and kasbahs have always delighted our Moroccan Souks & Sand travellers, it’s actually our charismatic local guide, Youssef Laamimi, they consistently sing the loudest praise for.

Although straight — we know: disappointing — the young Moroccan is keen to show off his country to the gay community. The ‘real deal’ as he calls it.

Youssef introduces himself below while also listing off all the reasons he adores his homeland. Read on! Continue reading “Introducing Youssef, our magnificent Morocco guide.”

Just the Facts: Camels

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Despite Morocco’s conservative nature, everybody is guaranteed a hump or two on our Souks & Sand tour. That is to say, riding camelback through the Sahara.

We’ll saddle up a caravan of these magnificent beasts and ride towards an authentic Berber campsite. The haunting desert sunset to follow will be the pomegranate on top of this unique experience.

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In Focus: Tanzania Luxury Safari

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Our suave sales manager, Kevin Robitaille, has a penchant for grand — often epic — travel photography. In January, he had the opportunity to capture the vast savannahs, plains and jungles of Tanzania in his signature style. All while leading an adventurous group of gentlemen on our luxury safari. Below are highlights from his collection.
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Queer Tangier: What you didn’t know about Morocco’s gay phase

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Peter Orlovsky (left), Jack Kerouac (centre) and William S Burroughs (clothed, bottom right) on a beach in Tangier, Morocco.

It was between the late 40s and early 50s when the gay literati of the time began flocking to Tangier, Morocco to escape the conservative landscape of America. Attracted to Tangier’s tolerant approach to sexuality and drugs, some of the largest names in the crew included William S Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Jean Genet and Truman Capote.

By day these beatniks and bohemians met in Grand Cafe de Paris, breaking bread and exchanging ideas. By night, they drank in excess, procured prostitutes and indulged in the country’s surplus of drugs, unfettered by disinterested law enforcement.

While Morocco’s political stance on homosexuality has taken a sharp conservative turn, the country remains an important part of queer history and tourism. Not only were Yves Saint Laurent’s ashes scattered in Marrakesh, but tourists can still visit the Grand Cafe de Paris and El Muniria (the homestay where the majority of said authors resided).

Scroll down for five quotes by the most prominent figures who got swept up in Queer Tangier.

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What To Pack for the Kilimanjaro Gay Climb With OUT Adventures

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If you’re planning to tackle the Kilimanjaro Gay Climb with us, things can quickly get heavier than a celebrity breakup if you don’t pack smart. Keep your baggage under 20kg/44lb, because anything beyond that is likely to be left behind in Lima. You should also bring something smaller for day trips to carry water, your camera, and any souvenirs you pick up along the way.

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