If you are looking for a quiet week away so you can lounge around by a pool and read a few books, South Africa is not the place for you. But if you want to see how artists are regenerating the streets of Johannesburg with colour and creativity, cycle through the tough Township where Nelson Mandela once lived, marvel at the majesty of the Blyde River Canyon while hovering above in a helicopter or get up close and personal with lions and elephants, then you better start looking at flights. During my trip, I immersed myself in just a few of the many unforgettable experiences the country has to offer in Johannesburg and Mpumalanga. It began in the city affectionately known as Joburg. Just over 20 years ago, the system of racial segregation known as Apartheid ensured that 'non-whites' weren't allowed in the city centre, but today it couldn't be more different. Home to people from all over Africa, it now boasts an incredibly wide range of nationalities, cultures and languages. The best way … [Read more...] about The sights and safaris that make a trip to South Africa unforgettable
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Amid a mass of colour and pounding Latin rhythms, revellers at this year’s Bogotá Pride march waved banners stating “not one step back”. They were among tens of thousands who took to the streets to celebrate and support Colombia’s LGBT community. Many annual Pride marches that were once solemn protests against repression have become celebrations of now-existing rights or progress, reflecting the strength of LGBT communities. In Bogotá, for example, the capital of a macho and socially conservative country, there has been surprising progress in LGBT rights. In March, Angélica Lozano Correa, a former member of the Bogotá city council, became the first openly LGBT person to be elected to the country’s Senate. In 2016 the country’s government passed laws allowing same-sex couples to adopt and marry, and the previous year it granted transgender people the right to change their identity on official government documents – policies … [Read more...] about Which is the world’s most LGBT-friendly city?