Travellers with Disabilities

While sight- or hearing-impaired travellers should have few problems in Cape Town, wheelchair users will generally find travel easier with an able-bodied companion. Very few accommodation places have ramps and wheelchair-friendly bathrooms. It’s possible to hire vehicles converted for hand control from many of the major car-hire agencies.

The path around the reservoir in Silvermine is designed to be wheelchair-accessible. Linx Africa (www.linx.co.za/trails/lists/disalist.html) has province-by-province listings of accessible trails.

There are also several South African tour companies specialising in travel packages for travellers with disabilities, including a couple of Cape Town–based operations:

Endeavour Safaris

Epic Enabled

Flamingo Adventure Tours & Disabled Ventures

For further general information contact National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa.

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