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Introduction

South Africa is a popular tourist destination and tourism accounts for a substantial amount of the country's revenue. South Africa offers both domestic and international tourists a wide variety of options, including Picturesque Natural Landscapes; Beautiful Beaches; Tours; Trails & Botanical Gardens; World Renowned Game Reserves; Highly Regarded Wines and Wine Farms and so much more.

Traveling and going to new places can however be daunting for persons with disabilities, especially those persons with Mobility Impairments who use wheelchairs or Scooters. In the past Transport Services, Restaurants, Hotels, Safaris, Beaches and other activities and forms of entertainment, were not always accessible for persons in wheelchairs, due to this inaccessibility and the fear of the unknown, some persons with disabilities were afraid to Travel on holiday or go to new places.

Modern society however is becoming increasingly aware of the concept of the integration of persons with disabilities and the National Department of Tourism (NDT) has been focusing on Accessible Tourism and making more South African attractions universally accessible to all travelers. They have recently engaged with various organisations that represent persons with disabilities, to explore how the tourism industry can serve them better and to ensure that tourist destinations, products and services are accessible to all people, regardless of their physical limitations, disabilities or age. Accessible Tourism encompasses publicly and privately owned tourist locations and enables persons with all disabilities to function independently and with equity and dignity, through the delivery of universally designed tourism products, services and environments. Steps have been taken to promote guidelines, and major resources are now dedicated to Accessible Tourism which includes:

  • Barrier-free destinations (infrastructure and facilities): Government Regulations have been put in place in South Africa and around the world to make public places more accessible to persons with disabilities, including persons with Mobility Impairments. These Government Regulations are known as Accessible Features and they ensure that accommodation and transport is accessible and that equal opportunities and rights are available for persons with disabilities.
  • High quality services (delivered by trained staff): There are a variety of Companies who specialize in accessible travel and tours, some companies such as East to West Events and Conferences, can also assist you to organize your trip, event and accommodation, taking the stress out of the planning the event and leaving you time to enjoy yourself, with the knowledge that your holiday or event will run smoothly.
  • Transport (by air, land and sea, are suitable for all users): Travelling by Air, Sea, Rail or Road are all possible for persons with Mobility Impairments, with some companies offering specially adapted rooms or areas that can accommodate persons in wheelchairs. Many of these companies that offer these services, also offer online booking via their web site.
  • Marketing, booking systems, web sites & services (information accessible to all): Online Booking Web Sites are available, so that Travelling, Tours and Accommodation can now be booked via a web site. These web sites allow you to list your disabilities and needs, so that they can better accommodate you in one of their accessible rooms and suites designed to accommodate wheelchairs. Accessible Travel Websites also make travelling easier as there are still some places that are not accessible for everyone, these web sites also provide information about which Restaurants, Safaris, Hotels & Holiday Destinations in South Africa & around the world are Accessible and also how accessible they are and whether they will suit your disability needs.
  • Activities, exhibits, attractions (allowing participation in tourism by everyone): Accessible Tourism encompasses a variety of attractions and forms of entertainment and enables people with access requirements to function independently and with equity and dignity. Watching Movies, Sports Matches and Music Concerts, usually take place in venues that have accessible platforms or areas, especially allocated for wheelchair users, they also include Disabled Parking and Disabled Toilets. Many Beaches, Trails and Botanical Gardens are also becoming accessible to persons who use wheelchairs.

Thanks to these companies, regulations and innovations, tourism is more accessible and travelling for persons with Mobility Impairments can now become a pleasure. With the assistance of links to web-sites and articles, this page below and the other pages linked to this page (see links on the left of page and below) will assist you to choose the type of travelling that would suite you and also put you into contact with the right companies and people who can assist you to make travelling easier and accessible to you.

Government RegulationsAccessible Features

Government Regulations have been put in place in South Africa and around the world to make public places such as city streets, public buildings and restrooms more accessible for persons with disabilities, including persons with Mobility Impairments. These government regulations are known as Accessible Features and they include making provision for Disabled Toilets; Disabled Parking Bays and Disabled Bays in Movie Theaters, Sports stadiums and Music Concerts. They also include the installation of elevators, automatic doors, wide doors and corridors, transit lifts, wheelchair ramps, curb cuts, and the elimination of unnecessary steps, allowing persons in wheelchairs access to use public sidewalks and public transit more easily and safer. Many of these laws also encourage companies to accommodate persons with disabilities when Traveling or been Transported, thus giving equal opportunities and rights to persons with disabilities who want to travel or enjoy nature and the outdoors.

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Event Organization Companies

Event Organization Companies are available that can organize any events, including Disabled Sports Events, as well as your Traveling, Accommodation and Tours. These companies take the stress out of the planning your trip or event and leave you time to enjoy yourself, with the knowledge that everything will run smoothly. One of these Event Organization Companies is "East to West Events and Conferences", they can assist you to organize your trip, event and accommodation.East To West Events & Conferences

Since 2011 East to West Events and Conferences has exceeded the expectations of its various clients’ needs, to fast become a force to be reckoned with in the events planning industry. Some of the services we provide are:

  •  Disability Sport Group Accommodation
  • Conferences
  • Year End Functions
  • Product launches and fund-raising events to name but a few.

With experience in the hospitality industry since 2011, it makes us perfect for sourcing accommodation for persons with disabilities and athletes alike. We visit each property to inspect them to assess whether they are viable venues, and how many athletes and persons who use wheelchairs can be accommodated per property. Whether you are planning an international conference, a year end function or an intimate beach wedding, we bring that extra something to the table. We ensure that your event is a spectacular success from planning to execution. Every part of your conference and sport group booking is overseen by seasoned professionals ensuring a seamless event.

Our Strategy and Vision: Building long and trusting relationships that exceed the expectations of every client and to become a household name in the events planning industry in South Africa.

Our values are: The pursuit of excellence; Innovation, Transparency, Fairness, Community involvement and the continual increase of customer satisfaction and Job creation. You can contact Marisa on the following details to find out more: Cell: 072 694 5575. Office: 021 854 4123 email: info@easttowest.co.za or visit their Web Site at: www.easttowest.co.za

Tips & Information To Planning an Accessible Holiday

If you decide not to use an Event Organization Company to book your holiday and travel arrangements, it is advisable to start looking for accessible accommodation and planning all your traveling requirements two to three months in advance, as there are a wide variety of different things to consider including how you will be traveling, what type of holiday you would prefer and the type of accommodation you would require, as well as, whether you will need to hire Nurses, Accessible Transport and Mobility Aids at your place of destination and what entertainment, tours or trails you would like to enjoy. Planning for this can become extremely stressful and "First Time Travelers" who use Mobility Aids such as Wheelchairs and Scooters may even wonder if it is worth it, but the more one travels, the easier it often becomes, we gain experience, learn from our mistakes and learn what to look for when it comes to finding accessible travel and accommodation, we also learn to live outside our comfort zone and end up doing things we never thought were possible.Accessible Travel & Accommodation

“The vast majority of people live within a comfort zone that is relatively small. The comfort zone is defined by fear & our perception of our limitations. We are occasionally willing to take small steps outside it, but few of us dare to expand it. Those who dare sometimes fail & retreat, but many experience the satisfaction of moving into a larger comfort zone & the joyful anticipation of more success”- A quote from ‘Still Me’ by Christopher Reeve.

For those people who do not regularly travel and need advice, there are various Blogs, Web Sites, Facebook Pages or Twitter Feeds, which are listed below and have been put together by persons with Mobility Impairments who regularly travel and have to find accessible accommodation in South Africa or in other countries around the world. Some of these people have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience and can advise you on companies to use and what to do when looking for accessible accommodation or booking into a hotel. Click on the links below to get advice on travelling and find information that might prevent you from making mistakes that could ruin your trip or holiday:

Tips When Travelling In South Africa

Tips When Travelling To International Destinations

Accessible Travel & Holiday Websites

Web Sites are also available, which provide information about Accessible Restaurants, Safaris, Hotels & Holiday Destinations in South Africa & around the world, they allow you to list your disabilities and needs, so that they can better accommodate you in one of their accessible rooms and suites. Some of these  Companies which are listed also offer packages for accessible Traveling, Tours and Accommodation which can be booked online. These Websites make holidays and traveling easier and take some of the stress out finding Restaurants, Safaris, Hotels & Holiday Destinations that suits your disability needs, thus making traveling a pleasure again. Click the links below to find these companies that can make traveling easier and accessible to you.

Booking Trips & Tours To South Africa

Booking Trips & Tours To International Destinations

Accessible Travel

South Africa is a very popular and relatively accessible tourist destination. They aim to ensure that all aspects of tourism are accessible to all people, regardless of their physical limitations, disabilities or age. Despite this, one of the biggest obstacles still faced by many travelers with Mobility Impairments, is finding suitable Accessible Travel and Transport which can cater for persons who use Mobility Aids such as Wheelchairs or Scooters. Persons who rely on this type of equipment traditionally face many obstacles when traveling, they not only require extra space to maneuver and store their Mobility Aids and other equipment, but many of these people also have difficulty transferring to and from their Mobility Aids into a seat or into a vehicle.Accessible Travel

There are various options when traveling in South Africa or overseas, including traveling by Air, Sea, Rail or Road, which are all possible to some degree for persons with Mobility Impairments. Each person is different and each form of travel offer its own pro’s and cons. Your travel arrangements can be booked online via the company web site which may also specify more details on what disabilities they can cater for. When deciding to take a trip, whether it is for a holiday or for business, it is important to start organizing & planning your transportation and travel arrangements a couple of weeks or months before departure. Please click on the link below to find more information, links and tips about the different forms of traveling that would accessible to you, as well as some of the companies and web sites that can assist you in specific areas.

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Vehicle Hire & Transport Companies

Persons with Mobility Impairments who you use a Wheelchair or Scooter and who are traveling within South Africa may need to rent an accessible minivan with a wheelchair accessible lift, or a vehicle with Hand Controls. There are private companies such as Pro Mobility who also specialize in the transport of persons with disabilities in South Africa, they offer services which include anVehicle Hire Airport shuttle service, Charter Service or Self-Drive option. Some companies & organizations such as WAV Hire & QASA also rent out accessible or adapted vehicles, which are handy if you need accessible transportation for longer periods of time or will be driving around South Africa. You can rent wheelchair accessible vehicles in most of the major cities in South Africa, such as Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town. Some rental companies are situated near the airports to make renting a vehicle easier if arriving by airplane. For an extra fee, some companies will drop off and pick up the vans from the airport, while other companies provide a driver with the vehicle for an extra fee, making transportation in these major cities fairly easy if booked far enough in advance.

Click on the link below to view information about these companies that offer these transport and vehicle hire services that are available for persons with Mobility Impairments in specific areas and find out how you would go about using them.

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Disabled Parking Permits

If you are a visitor to South Africa & will be driving a vehicle or will be driven in a vehicle, a Disabled Parking Badge could be useful to allow you to park within dedicated disabled parking spaces reserved for people who have satisfied requirements to receive the placard. If you have an international disabled parking permit, this would be acceptable to use for a period up to a month, but if you are staying for more than a month, you should apply for a temporary disabled parking permit.

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International Vehicle Hire & Transport Companies

Persons with Mobility Impairments who you use Mobility Aids such as Wheelchairs or Scooters and who are traveling overseas may need to rent an accessible minivan with a wheelchair accessible lift, or a vehicle with Hand Controls. There are a variety of companies who can assist with this, such as Accessible Vans of America in the USA which has a nationwide network of wheelchair van dealers and offer competitive rates and quality wheelchair van rentals to their customers, which makes renting wheelchair accessible transportation convenient and affordable overseas.

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Hotels & Accommodation

Accessible AccommodationOne of the obstacles that some persons with Mobility Impairments often encounter when traveling to new destination in and around South Africa and overseas, is finding Accessible Accommodation especially if they use Wheelchairs or Scooters. This accommodation should not only have ramps, but also specially adapted rooms and bathrooms big enough to not only accommodate the person in wheelchair, but also spacious enough to allow them to move around and store their assistive devices. Government Regulations and the increasing awareness of the needs of persons with disabilities have ensured that there are more and more companies who offer different types of this accommodation for travelers with Mobility Impairments, including Bed & Breakfast Accommodation; Game Reserve and Bush Lodge Accommodation; Hotel and Holiday Resort Accommodation and much, much more. Unfortunately these adapted rooms are often limited to one or two rooms per hotel, resort, safari or guest lodge and should therefore be booked in advance to avoid disappointment. Some companies offer online booking via their web site and some websites allow you to list your disabilities and needs, so that they can better accommodate you in one of their accessible rooms. There are also a variety of  websites that list places that offer accessible accommodation and some Events Companies in South Africa can organise or book accessible accommodation for larger groups travelling around South Africa, such as disabled sports teams.

To view more information about these Organizations, Companies and Web Sites, click on the link below or on the "Hotels & Accommodation" on the top left.

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Restaurants, Activities & Entertainment

There are a wide variety of things to do that are accessible to persons with Mobility Impairments if they are living or traveling in South Africa. Most Restaurants, Botanical Gardens, Tourist Attractions, Movie Theatres and Sports Stadiums in and around SouthThings To Do Africa are fairly wheelchair friendly and happy to accommodate persons who use wheelchairs. Some venues who describe themselves as wheelchair friendly may have ramps but do not necessarily have accessible toilets or may not be wheelchair accessible to all persons in wheelchairs. Read the article below to find out what is available and accessible to you.

Accessible Restaurants

According to the "The National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act" most buildings and Restaurants in South Africa should be wheelchair friendly and have disabled parking and toilet facilities, but unfortunately this is not always the case. Some restaurants who describe themselves as "wheelchair friendly" are not completely wheelchair friendly, they may be happy to accommodate persons who use wheelchairs, but may have some issues.

Tables: Many restaurants do not have tables high enough to fit your legs under the table top, which can cause some frustrations. I find a small Lap-Tray or wheelchair Tray very handy to solve this problem providing independence and convenience for wheelchair users.

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Disabled Toilets: According to the "The South African National Standard for Building Regulations", all public buildings, shopping centres and restaurants in South Africa should have wheelchair friendly toilets, but some of these toilets have mirrors which are often too high to use for a person seated in their wheelchair, while some don't have mirrors at all, this includes Cape Town International Airport and Shopping Centres such as Tygervalley. Carrying a small mirror in your handbag to touch up your make-up can solve this problem. With a wheelchair-bound child, sometimes decision to load the kids into the car and take a trip through our city to find something interesting for our kids to enjoy.this takes a little more planning and consideration, but our Mother City doesn’t disappoint.

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Accessible Restaurant Websites: There are a variety of "Accessible Travel & Holiday Websites", which can also assist you to find Accessible Restaurants designed to accommodate persons with Mobility Impairments, including those who use wheelchairs in South Africa & around the world. These web sites can assist you to choose Restaurants that suits your disability, so that you are not disappointed when you arrive at a restaurant and it is not accessible. Some of these websites do not only list which restaurants are accessible but supply links for you to be able to make a booking and confirm that they are accessible for you. Please remember to contact these Restaurants directly to make a booking and to confirm that they can accommodate you. Click on the links below to find an Accessible Restaurant near you and make"Eating Out" a pleasure again.

Movies at the Cinemas, Live Sports Events & Live Music ConcertsNewlands Cricket Ground

There are also a variety of other activities that persons with Mobility Impairments living or traveling in South Africa can enjoy, such as:

  • Going to the Movies
  • Live Sports matches
  • Live Music Concerts, etc.

These are all great forms of entertainment which are accessible to persons who use wheelchairs. These Movies, Sports Matches and Music Concerts, usually take place in venues that have accessible platforms or areas, especially  allocated for wheelchair users, they also include Disabled Parking and Disabled Toilets. According to The National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act these auditoriums, Sports Stadiums & Halls are regulated by law to be wheelchair friendly:

Buildings that incorporate halls or auditoriums for public use are obliged to ensure that a reasonable percentage of space is available for people in wheelchairs or other “assistive devices”.

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There are also various other Blogs, Web Sites, Facebook Pages or Twitter Feeds, which we have been listed below, which have been put together for persons with Mobility Impairments who are looking for accessible things to do in South Africa. Click on the links below to find other things to do in your city:

Things To Do In & Around South Africa

Tours, Safaris & Beaches

South Africa is a popular tourist destination for both domestic and international tourists, as well as tourists with disabilities. Thanks to initiatives such as "Accessible Tourism", persons with disabilities, including persons with Mobility Impairments can now enjoy the picturesque natural landscapes and beautiful Botanical Gardens, as well as the world renowned game reserves,  beautiful beaches,  and highly regarded wine farms in and around South Africa. There are also a wide variety of companies that can organize tours, as well as Accessible Tour companies that specialize in catering for persons with disabilities, so that they can visit and enjoy some of the most popular and accessible publicly and privately owned tourist locations in South Africa including several national parks, such as the expansive Kruger National Park, the coastlines and beaches of the KwaZulu-Natal and Wine Farms in the Western Cape, many of which have become accessible for persons in Wheelchairs, thanks to various new innovations and equipment. Click on the link below to find out more about these tourist attractions and services that are available for persons with Mobility Impairments in specific areas around South Africa, Africa and Internationally and how you would go about using them.

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Equipment For Hire

Persons with Mobility Impairments sometime rely on a variety of Assistive Devices to do something that they are unable to do without assistance. Some of these Assistive Devices are small items such as Adapted Eating Utensils; Hand Braces & WheelchairEquipment Hire Gloves, while other assistive devices include bigger equipment such as Wheelchairs, Hoists, Ramps, Commodes, Adjustable Beds, Pressure Care Mattresses, etc. Some of these bigger Assistive Devices are available to be rented or hired from companies such as Prima Care and Pro Mobility in certain provinces in South Africa. This comes in very handy for persons with Mobility Impairments who are travelling or who's impairment is only temporary and so can hire the equipment as they need it. Persons with Mobility Impairments who travel and rely on these larger Assistive Devices cannot always transport this equipment with them when travelling. When flying on SAA for example, persons with Mobility Impairments are only entitled to transport one Mobility Aid free of charge in addition to their standard baggage allowance, while persons flying to and from the EU are entitled to travel with two Mobility Aids. Transporting all your Assistive Devices with you while travelling can therefore work out very expensive and can also be an unnecessary hassle. Click the link below or the "Equipment For Hire" button on the menu on the left, to view more information about the equipment that is available for hire here in South Africa and overseas, as well as the companies such as Prima Care and Pro Mobility that provide this service in South Africa.

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Nurses & Care Givers

Persons with Mobility Impairments may rely on assistance from nurses or Caregivers to complete daily tasks such as bathing, eating, dressing, transferring into and out of their wheelchair or vehicle. Having someone to help you with these day-to-day-tasks is very important and can help persons with Mobility Impairments to stay at home versus living in a facility. This Non-medical homeCcare Giver care is normally paid for by the individual or family, therefore they, will often opt for Home Base Caregivers, which are a cheaper option. These Home Base Caregivers are often more affordable, as they are less qualified than a qualified nurse. Home Care is often a lower cost solution to long-term care facilities.

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Hiring Nurses & Care Givers While Traveling

Some travelers with Mobility Impairments may rely on assistance from Nurses or Caregivers while they are traveling away from home. This can work out very expensive if you take them with you, especially if you are traveling overseas and you will need to pay the extra traveling costs for the Caregiver. The good news is, this does not however need to be a problem, there are "Accessible Traveling Websites" which also list companies who hire out Care Givers or Nurses in different countries around the world. Click on the links below to find companies that offer this service in the cities that you will be traveling to, or to pick up some tips on what to look for when hiring Nurses & Care Givers While Traveling:

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