Travelling in Kenya is not easy for people with a physical disability, but it’s not impossible. Very few tourist companies and facilities are geared for travellers with disabilities, and those that are tend to be restricted to the expensive hotels and lodges. However, Kenyans are generally very accommodating and willing to offer whatever assistance they can. Visually or hearing-impaired travellers, though, will find it very hard to get by without an able-bodied companion.

In Nairobi, only the ex-London taxi cabs are spacious enough to accommodate a wheelchair, but some safari companies are accustomed to taking people with a disability out on safari.

Kenyan Services

Beach resorts Many of the top-end beach resorts on the coast have facilities for the disabled, whether it’s a few token ramps or fully equipped rooms with handrails and bath tubs.

On safari Other places may have varying degrees of disabled access, but in Amboseli National Park, Ol Tukai Lodge has two accessible cottages, while in Lake Nakuru National Park, Lake Nakuru Lodge has a handful of accessible rooms.

Useful Resources

Download Lonely Planet's free Accessible Travel guide from http://lptravel.to/AccessibleTravel.

Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya Kenyan group that may be able to help visitors with a disability.

Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality A good resource that gives advice on how to travel with a wheelchair, kidney disease, sight impairment or deafness. The website has a section called ‘African Safaris’ (type ‘Kenya’ into the search box).

Tourism for All (www.tourismforall.org.uk) Advice for disabled and less-mobile senior travellers.