Wheelchair-Friendly Accommodation in South Africa

Matt SomersStarred Page By Matt Somers, 21st Jan 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/82lhq0vq/
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South Africa is one of the world’s top travel destinations, and because of the high numbers of annual visitors to this beautiful vibrant country at the tip of Africa, the South African accommodation sector has been steadily growing and improving over the past 20 years.

Accommodation in South Africa

South Africa is one of the world’s top travel destinations, and because of the high numbers of annual visitors to this beautiful vibrant country at the tip of Africa, the South African accommodation sector has been steadily growing and improving over the past 20 years.

International visitors expect high standards and excellent service – and they are getting both. This means more visitors return, more people spread the word and encourage new visitors and South Africa tends to enjoy a steady climb in the numbers of its tourists. These visitors include wheelchair bound travellers who are also visiting South Africa more than ever before, and the need for wheelchair friendly accommodation has also therefore grown.

Forward-thinking South African accommodation establishment owners are making the necessary changes to their guest houses and boutique hotels to accommodate disabled travellers, including those in wheelchairs. But simply building a ramp to the front door isn’t enough.

So what makes accommodation genuinely wheelchair friendly?

Some of the important factors that should be taken into account when building or altering accommodation to make it wheelchair friendly include:

* Before you start planning, contact the Association for People with Disabilities and ask for their specific advice.

* Ensuring ramp access to all the main hotel buildings as well as to wheelchair friendly accommodation.

* Locating wheelchair friendly suites and rooms on the ground floor unless there is a lift that can accommodate a wheelchair.

* Creating doors throughout the main public areas that are wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs.

* Within the accommodation there needs to be sufficient space to manoeuvre easily.

* Placing all in-room facilities at an accessible height for wheelchair bound guests.

* Fitting en suites and at least one public bathroom with handles, rails and low sinks.

Wheelchair friendly accommodation establishments in South Africa

Today more and more South African accommodation establishments are wheelchair friendly. Here is a list of some recommended wheelchair friendly guest houses and lodges around South Africa.

A Tuscan Villa Guest House

The owner-managed, A Tuscan Villa Guest House, is set in a quiet avenue in the seaside village of Fish Hoek. Stylish bedrooms have many comforts including TV, bar fridge, heated towel rails and tea tray and one room is fully adapted for wheelchair users.

The Villa has beautiful mountain views, a solar-heated pool and is just minutes from the popular family beach, where one can watch whales in season or enjoy a meal at the beachside bistro. “Jaeger’s Walk” which runs along the water’s edge is wheel chair navigable.

Leisure Isle Boutique Lodge

In the heart of the beautiful Garden Route, near Knysna, Leisure Isle Boutique Lodge is a sophisticated luxury retreat. The suites are spacious, all individually decorated and have magnificent views of the Knysna lagoon or open onto the private garden and swimming pool. An onsite spa provides pampering.

UmSisi House

Now here is genuine 5 star luxury wheelchair friendly accommodation! Set in 60 hectares of pristine bush, within the Jock of the Bushveld Conservancy, umSisi House is strategically located between the town of White River and the Numbi Gate entrance to the Kruger Park (15 minutes away).

Created to provide an ‘at home in Africa’ villa experience for private groups (of up to 10) on an all-inclusive, fully serviced basis, umSisi House is the perfect base from which to explore the Kruger Lowveld region and enjoy the many adventure activities available in the immediate area.

All of these wheelchair friendly establishments are found on the Portfolio Collection website. The website hosts a number of top luxury accommadation in South Africa.

You can find more South African wheelchair friendly accommodation by searching under the ‘wheelchair friendly’ accolade on their website.

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Accommodation, Boutique Hotels South Africa, Guest Houses, South Africa, Wheelchair Friendly Accommodation

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author avatar Greenfaol
21st Jan 2011 (#)

Wonderful article, I like that you have a few examples of access friendly hotels as well. My soon to be mother in law is wheelchair bound and we are constantly amazed at how few facilities there are in the north of Scotland. Glad to see one country at least, is making much needed changes. Thanks for the share :D

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author avatar Yvonnek
22nd Jan 2011 (#)

I am glad to see that more people in wheelchairs are able to travel worldwide thanks to commendations like these.

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author avatar Jack Vorster
22nd Jan 2011 (#)

Good information and nice to find an article about South Africa on Wikinut.

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author avatar Denise O
23rd Jan 2011 (#)

Nicely written and love that you are spreading the word. I have to use a wheel chair when I am out and this is good news for me. Here in the states we still have places that don't do these simple things. Great read.
Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved.
As always thank you for sharing.:)

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