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One 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 organisations & 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 that 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 such as QASA & other Companies and Web Sites that can assist you, read the article below and visit the links.
Event Organization Companies
Event Organization Companies such as "East to West Events and Conferences" can not only organize your Accommodation, but also all your Travelling and Tours, which takes 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.
"East to West Events and Conferences": have been organizing trips, events and accommodation since 2011 and have 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
- 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 values are: The pursuit of excellence; Innovation, Transparency, Fairness, Community involvement and the continual increase of customer satisfaction and Job creation.
Accessible Accommodation In South Africa
There are a variety of different types of accommodation available for persons with various types and degrees of Mobility Impairments who are travelling in South Africa, some establishments advertise themselves as being wheelchair-friendly but may not be suitable for everyone, as every disability is different and many persons who use Mobility Aids require different adaption’s to make the accommodation accessible to them. Most wheelchair users can't just get away with ramp access to the building or room to make the accommodation accessible. Accessible Accommodation also needs:
- To be bigger than an average room, so that a wheelchair or Scooter can fit either side of the bed and there should be enough space for a wheelchair to maneuver around the room.
- Doorways to be wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair. The bedroom should also lead into the Bathroom which needs to be large enough for a wheelchair and should be properly equipped with the appropriate handles and grab rails.
- To be on the ground floor or have a lift to the floor on which the room is located.
- Facilities such as light switches; air conditioner controls; blind cords and the television controls should be at a level you can reach.
- Facilities which are offered by these hotels should be wheelchair accessible; these include facilities such as Dining Rooms and Fitness Gyms.
Some persons with Mobility Impairments may require the assistance of a Care Giver during the night, so an inter-leading room may also be necessary. Many of these accessible rooms and suites are often designed and built by architects and builders who specialize in accessibility, to find out more about "Accessible Housing & Rooms”, as well as the architects and builders who can assist you, click on the link below.
There are various accessible Guest Houses and accommodation that are specially built and kitted out to make your stay as easy as possible, some organizations such as the QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) offer various services, such as accessible accommodation for travelers. One of the projects that QASA runs for travellers looking for accessible accommodation in Gauteng, is "The Dave Lewis Guest Lodge".
Dave Lewis Guest Lodge
The David Lewis Lodge is a guest Lodge facility owned by QASA which is situated in Edenvale, Johannesburg and provides accessible accommodation for wheelchair users and also has the support of equipment like hoists, commodes and specialized bedding. The David Lewis Lodge includes a semi pool, Jacuzzi and boma facility which complements the Lodge. This QASA service is specially designed to be wheelchair accessible and offer the best accommodation to suit your wheelchair accessible needs, but you would need to place a booking in advance to avoid disappointment, should you need this special accommodation and are travelling in Gauteng. This booking can be done in advance by contacting Louise on: 031 767 0348 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please feel free to contact them for more information or any enquiries on the link below.
QASA: The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) is a non-profit organisation (NPO 000-881) of Quadriplegics and Paraplegics in South Africa. QASA’s mission is to be an effective “co-ordinating, policy-making and supporting organisation striving to prevent spinal cord injury and to improve the lives of quadriplegics and paraplegics by securing resources to advocate, educate, capacitate, support and mobilise.”
QASA runs a number of other Projects and Services which include Providing equipment such as Beach Wheelchairs to rent & Provision of transport, amongst others. QASA is sustained by strategic relationships with corporates, social enterprise, the National Lottery Commission and a number of campaigns & events. Some of QASA’s projects generate revenue which services the essential non-revenue generating projects.
Read the article below to find out more about Accessible Hotels & Accommodation, or visit our Organizations - QASA Page to find out more about QASA or contact them through their website at www.qasa.co.za.
Tips To Finding Accessible Accommodation
Persons with Mobility Impairments who don't regularly travel may find it difficult when first looking for accessible accommodation while Travelling in South Africa or Internationally. "First Time Travelers" can pick up some important tips from persons with Mobility Impairments who regularly travel 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 what to do when looking for accessible accommodation or booking into a hotel. This advice and tips can be found on various Blogs, Web Sites, Facebook Pages or Twitter Feeds, which we have listed below. Click on the links below to find information that might prevent you from making some mistakes that could ruin your holiday:
- Accessible South Africa: Accessible Hotels & Accommodation Web Site Travel
- Trip Advisor: Accessibility Checklist for Hotel Accommodation
- Afristay: Find A Place To Stay In Southern Africa
- WheelchairTravel.org: Guide to Accessibility in Hotels
- www.curbfreewithcorylee.com: The 20 Most AWESOME Wheelchair Accessible Hotels Around the World
There are also companies and websites that specialize in listing accessible accommodation for persons with different disabilities. Some of these "Accessible Hotels & Accommodation Websites" also take bookings for accommodation in Southern Africa or can give you advice.
Accessible Hotels & Accommodation Websites For Southern Africa
Persons with Mobility Impairments who are looking for other Accommodation while travelling in and around South Africa, have a variety of options, including Bed & Breakfast Accommodation; Game Reserve and Bush Lodge Accommodation; Holiday Resort Accommodation; Hotel Accommodation and much, much more. Some of this accommodation that is described as "disabled or wheelchair friendly" might be suitable for some persons with Mobility Impairments, but each person has different needs when it comes to accommodation and so it unfortunately might not be suitable for you. There are however ways in which you can find accommodation to meet your requirements. Some Accessible Accommodation & Holiday Websites make travelling easier, by listing Accessible Accommodation under different categories such as Bed & Breakfast Accommodation; Game Reserve and Bush Lodge Accommodation; Holiday Resort Accommodation; Hotel Accommodation, etc. They also supply photographs of the rooms with measurements and descriptions of what is available. Listed below is a number of these Accommodation & Holiday Websites which cater for Southern Africa. They may not all give you detailed descriptions of what is available, but they should assist you to narrow it down to a couple of places that would suite you. Click on the links below to find something that meets your specific needs:
- Rolling S.A.: Disabled & Wheelchair Friendly Accommodation
- www.SA-Venues.com: South Africa Wheelchair Friendly Directory
- Choosy Travellers: www.choosytravellers.co.za
- Disabled Holidays.com: www.disabledholidays.com
- Disabled Holidays.com: Disabled Holidays in Africa
- Disabled Travel - Accommodation: www.disabledtravel.co.za
- Epic Enabled: Epic Guest House
- WheelchairTravel.org: Wheelchair Accessible Travel Destinations
- www.gardenroute-venues.co.za: Wheelchair Friendly Accommodation - Garden Route
- Where To Stay: South Africa Accommodation - Has a disability section for each province.
- www.lonelyplanet.com: Hotels & Guest Houses In South Africa
Once you have found something that might suite you, we recommend that you contact the accommodation on the details provided and speak to someone directly to confirm that their accommodation meets the accessible standards that they advertise. You should also secure a booking early to make sure that you are not disappointed, as most Hotels and Holiday Resorts only have limited specially adapted rooms available.
Accessible International Accommodation & Information Websites
Persons with Mobility Impairments who are looking for Accommodation while travelling overseas or internationally often also encounter similar problems despite the fact that many of these countries are more advanced than South Africa, with regards to accessibility for Persons with Mobility Impairments. This is particularly true in the cities that have hosted sports events in the recent years, such as the Paralympic Games. If you are going to be travelling overseas, you can also make use of Accessible Accommodation & Holiday Websites which list Accessible Accommodation around the world, under different categories such as Bed & Breakfast Accommodation; Game Reserve and Bush Lodge Accommodation; Holiday Resort Accommodation; Hotel Accommodation, etc. Some of them also supply photographs of the rooms with measurements and descriptions of what is available. Listed below is a number of these Accommodation & Holiday Websites which cater for Europe, USA, Australia and other countries around the world. They may not all give you detailed descriptions of what is available, but they should assist you to narrow it down to a couple of places that would suite you. Click on the links below to find something that meets your specific needs:
- International Travel Web Site: www.wheelchairtraveling.com
- Independent International Wheelchair Accessible Vacations: Information Site & Links
- International Wheelchair Accessible Group Tours: Information Site & Links
- Disabled Access Holidays: International Accessible Hotels & Accommodation
- Wheelchairtravelling.com: Accessible Overseas Accommodation
- WheelchairTravel.org: Wheelchair Accessible Travel Destinations
Please remember to contact the accommodation on the details provided once you have found something that suites you. You should speak to someone directly to confirm that their accommodation meets the accessible standards that they advertise. You should also secure a booking early to make sure that you are not disappointed, as most Hotels and Holiday Resorts overseas also only have limited specially adapted rooms available.