04 Feb DISABLED TRAVELLING IN SOUTH AFRICA
There is absolutely no reason to miss out on amazing holidays in South Africa just because you’re differently abled. A growing awareness of the needs of people with disabilities is leading to more and more restaurants, lodges and places of interest upgrading their facilities to include this important market.
At Rhino Shuttles we definitely cater for the differently abled and are proud to be the shuttle service of choice for Wheelchair Tennis South Africa (congratulations, Lucas Sithole, with your victory at the recent Australian Open!). Therefore, we thought it would be a great idea to feature some of the destinations that cater for our special guests and that we regularly visit.
Several lodges in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve are wheelchair friendly. These include Bakubung and Kwa Maritane, which offer wheelchair-friendly rooms, bathrooms and patios, as well as access to the lounge and dining room in the main building. Assistance is needed on the pathways, though, and cupboards don’t have lowered hang rails.
SUN CITY RESORT
There are parking bays for the disabled and access to the hotel from the parking area. A shuttle bus service with a wheelchair hoist is available within the resort. You have access to the bar, lounge and dining room, and also to the pool via a paved pathway. Assistance is available should you require it. You can also visit the Valley of the Waves. Rooms and bathrooms are wheelchair friendly and the cupboards have lowered hang rails.
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
Berg-en-Dal camp’s Unit 30 is near the river and offers access along a pathway with a small ramp from the parking area. A sliding door gives access directly from the bedroom to the patio. There are no lowered hang rails but the bathroom is quite spacious. You have access to the camp’s main dining areas and the Rhino trail in the camp. Berg-en-Dal No 83 and 84 are wheelchair-friendly family units.
Satara offers wheelchair-friendly camp sites and ablution blocks, as well as access to the restaurant, shop, patio, pool and day-visitor’s area.
Other camps with disabled facilities include Lower Sabie and Skukuza.
Self-catering chalets No 38 and 39 at the Forever Resort will suit you to a tee with two bedrooms, two bathrooms (one with a shower, one with a bath) accessible kitchen facilities, and a private patio. The resort offers access to reception, swimming pools and several activities at the resort.
If you have your sights set on a Waterberg holiday, look no further than Lindani Game and Lodges. Access from the gravel parking area is via a concrete pathway to the main lodge with its spacious bedroom and bathroom (no lowered hang rails). Level access takes you to the lounge, dining room and patio, and concrete pathways take you to the lapa and swimming pool, which offers a ramp for a small wheelchair.
Call Rhino Shuttles for private shuttle transfers from the airport or your home in the greater Johannesburg area to any of these destinations.