Accessible Travel

While there are few facilities specifically for the disabled, Mozambicans tend to be very accommodating and helpful to people with disabilities. Those who are mobility impaired are especially likely to meet with understanding, as there are many amputees throughout the country – most of them victims of landmines set during the war.

The most accessible and easily negotiable area of the country is Maputo. Many upscale hotels have wheelchair access and/or lifts, and taxis and rental cars are readily available (though taxis don't have wheelchair access, and most are small).

For travel upcountry, getting around on public transport usually means crowds, heat and jostling. Travelling by hired car is the best option. Along the coast you'll rarely need to deal with long flights of steps – just soft, deep sand. Also, chalets at some resorts are built on stilts.

The squat-style toilet facilities common throughout Mozambique outside tourist hotels can put a strain on anyone's knees. Except at top-end hotels in Maputo, there are rarely hand grips on the walls, and few bathrooms are large enough for manoeuvring a wheelchair. As far as we know, there are no facilities anywhere in the country specifically designed for deaf or blind visitors.

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