WHEELCHAIR FRIENDLY TRAVEL IN SOUTH AFRICA In the past travel by means of wheelchairs was only a dream. Today people in wheel chairs can experience the same travel enjoyment as able-bodied people. However it is advisable that you plan your travel arrangements through one of the many approved wheel chair travel agencies. These agencies have spent a great deal of time and finance in making wheelchair travel in South Africa pleasurable, enjoyable and stress free. They have explored the wheel chair accessibility of accommodation venues including an assortment of backpackers in Cape Town, various tours and even transport availability. These agencies go to great lengths in order to make your trip as memorable and exiting, so that you can enjoy the beauty of the numerous South African destinations. Wheelchair Friendly Accommodation Here are some of the accommodation options available throughout South Africa from Hotels, Guest Houses, Game Lodges, Self Catering and Bed & Breakfasts. Hotels that offer available wheelchair friendly accommodation Gauteng Valverde Country Hotel which is situated 8, 5 Km from the Lanseria Airport and 9, 5 Km from the Lion Park. Western Cape Protea Hotel located on a farm setting with a country feeling nearby the Crocodile and Ostrich Farms in Oudtshoorn. De Noordhoek Lifestyle Hotel and is situated at the base of Chapmans Peak, Cape Town falling into the Table Mountain National Park Guest Houses with wheelchair friendly accommodation Gauteng Country Park Guest House is in Muldersdrift near Krugersdorp. It offers the following amenities for wheelchairs: Tar and Paved Driveways Parking bay for wheelchairs Access on concrete path to the swimming g pool Accessible room with king size bed A ramp to enter the room with sliding door A 7 sq. bathroom Shower seat Grab rails When entering the shower there is no step The bathroom has a sliding door The hand basin has access for wheelchair Lancaster Guest House in Craighall Park which has an Earth Room that is wheelchair friendly containing grab handles in the shower and next to the toilet. Western Cape : Ashanti Backpackers in Cape Town is one of the most established backpackers in the Mother City with an impeccable track record. Ashanti also owns two guesthouses close-by for for families or clients looking for something a little more private and exclusive. Rosedene Lodge in Sea Point has 90% of the rooms on ground level, which makes access to the rooms with a wheelchair possible. One of the rooms is fitted with hand rails in the bathroom. LovanE Wine Estate and Guest House is located on a wine estate near Stellenbosch. The guest house has one available room that is wheelchair friendly, and provides the following: Room has access to a veranda with a ramp There is a parking space right in front of the room to allow easy access from the car Shower is wheelchair friendly Vermont Guest House lies only 8 Km from Hermanus and offers the disabled person wheelchair friendly accommodation. There is a lift to the front door Roll in showers All the footpaths around the guest house are wheelchair accessible Game Lodges Kwazulu Natal Ithala Game Reserve found 400 Km north of Durban has numerous self-catering chalets that have wheelchair friendly facilities. They also offer a cook on request. Wheelchair Friendly Tours All the tours offered by the travel agencies are wheelchair friendly so that your stay will be the best ever experience and you will be able to create wonderful memories. 9 Day Wheelchair Friendly African Safari This tour extends from Johannesgurg to Pilgrims Rest and moves onto Moholololo and into Hoedspruit. The journey continues on to the famous Kruger National Park and then returns to Johannesberg. Wheelchair friendly Johannesburg to Durban tour Travel from Johannesburg to Pilgrims Rest and then onto the Kruger National Park. From there you will travel to the Ithala Game Reserve and on to Shakaland. End your adventure arriving in Durban to complete your trip. Wheelchair Friendly Cape Town and Garden Route Tour You start with a tour around Cape Town and on to the Cable Car to the top of Table Mountain. Trips are then offered to Robben Island, Kirstenbosch Gardens and Cape Point Nature Reserve. You are then taken on a tour of the Franschhoek and Stellenbosch Wine Routes. From there you travel to Oudtshoorn to visit the ostrich farm. After this you’re off to the Cango Caves. The tour then follows the Garden Route all the way to Port Elisabeth where you board the plane to take you back to Cape Town.
I think it is about time to truly relax and take it slow. One of the best places to travel to is the midlands in Kwazulu-Natal. Here you will find a true holiday experience. A group of businesses and accommodation establishments have come together to offer a first class tourist route. Take your time and visit the local artists and crafters, enjoy the mouth-watering cuisine and take part in all the adventure activities available. Enjoy the local wildlife; learn about the local landmarks and of course there are plenty of interesting shops to spend your money in. Adventure activities Canopy Tours in Karkloof: Through an Indigenous forest of giant trees and beautiful ferns, waterfalls and streams, a definite must do adventure that the whole family can enjoy. The platforms have been situated in the forest canopy, so you have an expansive view of the surrounding forest. Is bird watching your hobby? Then this is one place where you won’t be disappointed with a wide variety of bird species to see. Safety is number one on the list so relax and enjoy the view as you glide along a steel cable from platform to platform. There are 12 platforms and you will slide along 10 zip-lines, the whole adventure lasts about 2 hours. Contact: Canopy Tours | 033 3303415 Horse Riding: Take a ride on horseback and explore the rolling hills and beautiful countryside of the Midlands. Buffelsboch Farm located in the Lidgetton Valley, offer riders of all levels and opportunity to experience this exciting activity. 1 hour or 2 hour rides are available. Want more adventure? Try their half day ride, which includes sundowners and snacks. Lidgetton offers accommodation options from guesthouses, hotels, lodges and self-catering units. You can choose Lythwood Lodge, Penny Lane Guest House and Blesberg Farm to name a few. Arts and Crafts in the Midlands Want to have a genuine country experience? This is an opportunity for you to visit and even meet some of the best craftsmen and women in South Africa. You can find anything from beads, weaving and pottery to stained glass and candle dipping. I’m sure something can be found for all tastes. Wildlife Experience In the Midlands you can find an abundance of game and birdlife. There are a few Luxury Game Lodges and Reserves on the Meander Route. Travel to the Kwazulu -Natal Midlands to find some of the best game viewing, bird watching and outdoor activities. ZuluWaters Game Reserve The reserve is a malaria free private retreat that offers a unique Wildlife Experience. They offer everything from fishing, pigeon shooting, game drives and guided walks through the nearby caves that showcase the rock art of the ancient San people. They offer three different accommodation options, Shaka Lodge, Nandi House and Lake Cottage. The site offers superb service and a much needed hide away from a busy city life. Wake up to bird song and Buffalo so close you can almost touch it. Contact: 036 352 0100 Giant’s Castle Mountain Reserve The Giant’s Castle Reserve can be found in the Central Berg Region of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park. A world heritage site offering superb views, a great draw for all the mountain climbers and hikers. The area is full of history and you can visit the Main caves Museum and learn all about the life of the San People. You can also visit the large Sandstone castle and view the prehistoric San Rock Art. This cave is one of the biggest rock painted areas in South Africa. The reserve also boasts a number of wildlife including, baboons, Mountain Reebuck, caracal and Bearded Vultures. The accommodation available in the Giant’s castle Reserve is mainly self-catering offering 2 bedroom and 6 bedroom chalets. The Izimbali Restaurant offers guests wonderful meals and a relaxed environment in which to enjoy their food. Contact: 036 353 3718 (Resort) A few other Lodges and Resorts: The Windmills Resort: 033 266 6965 Tillietudlem Game and Trout Lodge: 033 234 9045 Rockwood karkloof Lodge: 084 602 9207 Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve: 033 330 3931 Midmar resort: 033 845 1999 (Head Office) There are plenty of activities and things to do along the Meander, Fishing, birding and hiking. The Midlands meander offers spectacular views from mountaintops to lush forests. Enjoy the beauty and rich culture of the region. The Midlands Meander is definitely a place that has many wonderful experiences and places for you to discover.