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Glitter Trail - South Africa Gay Bus Tour
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The Glitter Trail
South Africa Gay Bus Tour

Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Nieu-Bethesda, Garden Route, Plettenberg Bay, Oudtshoorn, Route 62, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Cape Town, and more!

10 Days from Johannesburg to Cape Town, South Africa

February 02 - 11, 2023


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Gay South Africa tourThe Glitter Trail is the most fabulously gay bus tour ever to hit the roads of South Africa. The 10 day long gay bus journey will take you through the most exciting parts of South Africa – exploring Urban Johannesburg and its’ LGBTQ+ heritage and gay night life, heading South West towards Cape Town with stops in some of South Africa’s most delightfully charming towns and villages. The adventure will include amazing culinary experiences, wine tastings, ziplining, fabulous gay parties, ostriches, arts & crafts and so much more of South Africa's hidden treasures. All of this happens on the Glitter Trail Gay Bus. A luxury bus kitted out with ‘pink-paraphernalia’, a glitter ball, bottomless Bubbles for everyone, every day with loads of surprises on the bus. It promises to be a hoot with crazy fun along the entire journey.


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South Africa Gay Bus Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Johannesburg, South Africa
At the scheduled time, we will all meet at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg for a welcome cocktail and to meet your fabulouslycrazy team who will accompany you on the road trip and give you the ins and outs of what’s to come.


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Our first adventure is a short ride (with a glass of bubbles, of course) on the Glitter Bus to the starting point of a specially created LGBTQ+ Heritage Tour of Johannesburg. The tour will take us to a few of Jozi’s greatest coffee and booze spots, setting the tone for the week ahead.

Dinner will be at one of Melrose Arch’s famous restaurants, where we will have a chance to get to know each other before the exciting road trip departs for Cape Town.

Meals Included: Welcome Dinner

Hotel: The Capital Melrose Hotel, Johannesburg


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Day 2 - Road trip to Bloemfontein
After breakfast and check out, we will begin the 5 hour road trip to Bloemfontein, the capital city of the Free State Province and the Judicial Capital of South Africa. Along the way, our hosts will keep you entertained with Glitter Bus Games and offer your loads of bubbles.

On arrival in Bloem, we will head straight (or is that gay-ly forward?) tothe famous Rose Garden, where we will enjoy a delicious picnic and a game of Lawn Croquet & Boule. It promises to be a delightfully gay afternoon in the centre of South Africa.

After some time to explore the beautiful city of flowers, dinner will be at the decadent Seisoen. The owners of Seisoen, married gay couple Maritsa & Maradine Whitehorn, were finalists in South Africa’s My Kitchen Rules Competition in 2018.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Hotel: Protea Marriott Willow Park Hotel, Bloemfontein


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Day 3 - Journey to Nieu-Bethesda
An early morning departure from Bloem as we begin the journey to Nieu-Bethesda.

The quaint village of Nieu-Bethesda is in the Great Karoo, famous for its Angora goats and Karoo lamb. There are craft shops and galleries, potteries and sculpture gardens – most famously, the late Helen Martin’s extraordinary “Owl House”.


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A short ride will take us to our stop over for the night, Graaff-Reinet. This wonderful town is truly in the heart of the Great Karoo (or “Place of Thirst”). It is a boundless and mysterious place where broad plains roll away to distance koppies and mountains that seem to touch the indigo sky.


Graaff Reinet, South Africa gay tour


The town is an eccentric little hamlet filled with a rich history, superb art and culture, world-class restaurants and a night sky that dazzles with countless stars and galaxies.

Dinner will be at the amazing, gay-owned, The Yard.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Hotel: Drostdy Hotel, Graaff Reinet


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Day 4 - Head to the Garden Route
After a last minute exploration of Graaff-Reinet, the Glitter Trail continues south to the Indian Ocean town of Plettenberg Bay.

Plett, as it is known as by South Africans, is one of the most LGBTQ+ friendly towns in the country, with loads of activities, seafood to die for and the best sunrise you will ever see.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Hotel: Bayview Hotel, Plettenberg Bay


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Day 5 - Wine, Elephants, Monkeys and Adventure
After breakfast, we will explore the Plettenberg Bay region. It will be a day filled with adventure (jet-skiing or a canyon adventure for those who are brave enough), wine-tasting (Plett is famous for its bubbles) and a wildlife experience at the Elephant Sanctuary and Monkeyland.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Hotel: Bayview Hotel, Plettenberg Bay


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Day 6 - The journey to Oudtshoorn
In the morning, we will load up the bus and begin the journey to Oudtshoorn with some fun stops along the way.

The first stop: an adventure for the brave – the Knysna Zipline! An adrenaline-filled experience that will have us gliding over the treetops of the Knysna forests, giving spectacular views of the area. The cables crisscross of the gorge with heights up to 200m. An epic adventure awaits!


South Africa Gay tour - Redberry Farm


Once we are done flying above the trees, we will continue on to Oudtshoorn with the second stop at Redberry Farm – a strawberry farm with the biggest maze in the Southern Hemisphere. We will treat you to a taste of Strawberry Lips – a pink drink with a kick.


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And then on to Oudtshoorn, a lovely town in the Klein Karoo, nestled between the Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountains. You cannot visit Oudtshoorn without visiting a famous ostrich farm! We still stop at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm for an informative and delightful tour of the farm, finishing up with a delicious dinner at the famous Pepper Tree Restaurant.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Hotel: Protea Marriott Riempie Estate Hotel, Oudtshoorn


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Day 7 - The famous Route 62
Today we will be spending some time on the bus as we pass through cute little towns along the famous Route 62 (remember, there is bottomless bubbles available on the bus).

The first stop will be in Calitzdorp, then on to the gay-village of Barrydale (a large part of the population of Barrydale are from the LGBTQ+ community). Here we will taste local craft beer, explore the galleries and divine coffee shops and arts and craft stores.


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Our last stop, not too far from Barrydale is Montagu. A little town famous for its’ fruits and dried fruit production. Wandering the streets of the town, buying trinkets and preserves is a wonderful experience.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Hotel: Montagu Country Hotel, Montagu


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Day 8 - Wine capital of South Africa – Franschhoek & Stellenbosch
Today, the second last day, we head to the wine capital of South Africa – Franschhoek & Stellenbosch. Truly one of the most beautiful regions in the country, surrounded by vineyards and mountains.


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We will enjoy wine tastings along the way before embarking on a fun bicycle ride through the vineyards.

Dinner will be at a restaurant of your choice on the famous Dorp Street in Stellenbosch.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Hotel: Protea Hotel by Marriott Dorpshuis & Spa, Stellenbosch


Cape Town gay tour - Table Mountain


Day 9 - Cape Town
Our last day will be in Cape Town. After the 90 minute drive, we will head directly to Table Mountain and up the cable car – without doubt the best way to experience Cape Town for the first time.


Cape Town gay tour - Beefcakes


There will be time to explore the city before we head out for a night on the town. Dinner will be at Beefcakes – South Africa’s famous Drag Queen Spot where you will be served by the sexiest men in Cape Town and entertained by the best drag queens.

Afterwards, the night is yours to explore the gay-village, as we say good-bye to our Glitter Trail Team.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Hotel: Radisson RED V&A Waterfront Hotel, Cape Town


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Day 10 - Cape Town Departure
• Breakfast in the hotel. Exiend your stay in Cape Town, or Independent departure.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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What's Included:

• Transport on a luxury coach from Johannesburg to Cape Town, as indicated in the itinerary

• Accommodation at 4 / 5 star establishments along the route; on a bed and breakfast basis

• Tour Leader. Private tour leader and drag artist for the entire tour

• Bubbles & Snacks. Bottomless bubbles and various snacks on the bus each day

• Games & Activities on the bus and as per itinerary

• Meals as follows: Breakfast daily - 1 x lunch - 4 x dinners

• Adventure Activities Urban Jozi LGBTQ+ Heritage Tour. Picnic & Crouquet. Ziplining. Bikes n Wines Tour.

• Entrance to Owl House and Helen Martins Museum in Nieu-Bethesda

• Wine and Beer: 5 x Wine-tastings in the regions. 1 x Beer tasting in Barrydale

• Visit to The Redberry Farm

• Tour at Highgate Ostrich Farm, with dinner at Pepper Tree

• Return Cable Car Ticket at Table Mountain

• Dinner Show at Beefcakes


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Not Included:

• Experiences before and after the Glitter Trail Bus Tour

• International Flights arriving in Johannesburg (JNB) and departing from Cape Town (CPT)

• Travel Insurance

• Visas if required

• Excursion and activities not listed in the itinerary

• Personal expenses

• Tips / Gratuities

• For Glitter Trail team and at restaurants

• Meals not mentioned in the package

• Drinks except the bottomless bubbles on the bus & Wine tastings

• Covid-19 and PCR testing, if applicable


The Capital Melrose Hotel, Johannesburg


Tour Hotels

The Capital Melrose Hotel, Johannesburg

When style is central to the way you live and do business, having the right edge is essential. At the cutting edge of the trendy Melrose district, The Capital Melrose is placed right at the cusp of the city, as close to business districts as it is to lively high street culture. When you stay with us, urban style simply comes with the territory.

With impressive, cool industrial-chic interiors, coupled with all the modern conveniences you’d ever need, including uncapped high-speed Wi-Fi, complimentary parking & laundry. You’ll love The Capital Melrose.


The Capital Melrose Hotel room


The units come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk. Some rooms come with a kitchen with a microwave, a fridge and an oven. All units feature a private bathroom, free toiletries and bed linen.

The hotel offers a continental or buffet breakfast.


Protea Marriott Willow Park Hotel


Protea Marriott Willow Park Hotel, Bloemfontein

Protea Hotel by Marriott Bloemfontein Willow Lake is set on the border of King's Park in Bloemfontein. Guests can enjoy views from the exclusive patio.

This modern hotel provides guests with a great base from which to explore the city with nearby attractions including the Loch Logan Waterfront, Mimosa Mall, restaurants, Kingspark/Vodacom Stadium, Medi Clinic Bloemfontein and Grey College.


Protea Marriott Willow Park Hotel room


Protea Hotel by Marriott Bloemfontein Willow Lake comprises of modern and luxurious rooms and the hotel features include a swimming pool, conference room, restaurant, bar & lounge area, internet access as well as limited room service facilities from 07h00 until 22h00.

Hotel provide a full-service restaurant, conference facilities and an exclusive bar area. The terrace and swimming pool area offer a serene spot after a hard day's work, and a bonfire is lit every evening. Protea Hotel Willow Lake by Marriott Bloemfontein comprises of 94 modern and luxurious rooms.


Drostdy Hotel, Graaff Reinet


Drostdy Hotel, Graaff Reinet

Offering an outdoor pool, spa and on-site restaurant, Drostdy Hotel is located in the beautiful town of Graaff-Reinet, which features over 220 heritage sites.

Each room here will provide you with a flat-screen satellite TV, free WiFi and air conditioning. Guests will also benefit from a Nespresso coffee maker, 24-hour room service and a writing desk.


Drostdy Hotel room


At Drostdy Hotel you will find state of the art gym facilities, a choice of 3 pools in manicured gardens and a restaurant specialising in Karoo lamb & venison.

Nestled amongst the Camdeboo National Park, the area offers a variety of sights, including the Valley of Desolation, Nqweba Dam and Cape buffalo.


Bayview Hotel, Plettenberg Bay


Bayview Hotel, Plettenberg Bay

Bayview Hotel offers accommodation in Plettenberg Bay and features free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can enjoy meals at the on-site restaurant and massages at the on-site spa and wellness centre.

All rooms have a TV and some rooms have a seating area where you can relax. All rooms include a private bathroom fitted with a bath and/or a shower.


Bayview Hotel room


There is a 24-hour front desk. A babysitting service, concierge service and hairdresser's are available at the property, and secure, undercover parking is available free of charge.

The hotel can assist with bike hire and car hire. Robberg is 3.1 km from Bayview Hotel, while Plettenberg Bay Polo Field is 3.3 km from the property. The beach and several shops and restaurants are within walking distance.


Protea Marriott Riempie Estate Hotel, Oudtshoorn


Protea Marriott Riempie Estate Hotel, Oudtshoorn

Offering an authentic African haven, Protea Hotel by Marriott Oudtshoorn Riempie Estate is a privately owned hotel surrounded by greenery, right in the heart of Klein Karoo, Oudtshoorn.

Protea Hotel by Marriott Oudtshoorn Riempie Estate offers the chance to live in chalets and rondavels with individual private entrances. All living units are spacious, charmingly decorated to reflect the local culture and contain en suites, air conditioning, a satellite TV, a bath and/or shower, and tea/coffee making fac


Protea Marriott Riempie Estate Hotel room


Combining country charm with Protea Hotel’s superior standards, this hotel is situated in a farm-like setting with well-appointed thatched rondawels and is only 20 minutes away from the Cango Caves. Enjoy the best that Oudtshoorn has to offer from the comfortable and beautiful Protea Hotel Riempie Estate—a cosy country atmosphere in a tranquil setting. The hotel is near the exotic crocodile and ostrich farms the town is famous for and is a short drive from the town’s central business district.

The hotel offers an excellent restaurant that serves the best in country fare, and guests can keep their heart rates up with golf, tennis, squash, a fitness center, and lawn bowling amenities nearby, plus our conference facility is ideal for hosting country-style events.


Montagu Country Hotel


Montagu Country Hotel, Montagu

Lush, green gardens and comfortable accommodation await guests at this hotel, conveniently located halfway between Cape Town and the Garden Route, in the town of Montagu.

Situated along South Africa's scenic Route 62, Montagu Country Hotel enjoys views of the nearby mountains. Wake up to the luxury of breakfast in bed. After a refreshing swim in the pool, you can soak up the sun in the gardens or treat yourself to a beauty treatment at the wellness centre.


Montagu Country HotelMontagu Country Hotel room


Victorian architecture and Art Deco décor make Montagu Country Hotel a stylish retreat. The Hotel offers upmarket traditional cuisine in Charlestons Restaurant complimented by carefully selected wines from the area.

A funky Feathers and Flatcaps coffee and cocktail lounge leads onto an expansive deck in front of the hotel, a favourite meeting place for locals and visitors. Enjoy a Bootlegger coffee, light meals, and of course, drinks and cocktails, either in the café-style room boasting the original bar counter from the 1930’s or on the deck under the shady elm tree.


Radisson RED V&A Waterfront Hotel


Radisson RED V&A Waterfront Hotel, Cape Town

Proposing a unique lifestyle experience within Silo district, the Radisson RED Hotel V&A Waterfront Cape Town is the first of its kind, focusing on art, fashion and music to connect people. The hotel features a rooftop sun terrace and views of the sea.

The modern rooms are decorated with wall art and equipped with a 55-inch smart LED TV, customizable lighting and an in-room fridge. The art-tiled bathrooms have a walk-in rain shower, hairdryer and free toiletries.


Radisson RED V&A Waterfront Hotel room


Enjoy breakfast or a meal with fresh, well-chosen dishes alongside a selection of craft beers and cocktails. RED Roof is more than just a hotel bar. Soak up the sunset over Table Mountain from the pool.

Social spaces host temporary art exhibitions and live music. Share music and photos with other guests and get advice from a virtual concierge through the "RED App". Free high-speed WiFi is available throughout the property.


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The Glitter Trail - South Africa Gay Bus Tour Prices

Tour Date Description
Per person

Tour Only, Per Person, Double Occupancy

€ 3,190

Tour Only, Per Person, Single Occupancy

€ 3,880

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Prices are per person in EUR.

3% Payment card charges may apply. No additional charges if paid by bank transfer (Wire, SEPA, etc.)

€850 pp deposit requiredat time of booking. Balance payment due 90 days prior to departure.

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