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While traveling to new places is enjoyable for most people, many persons with disabilities, including persons with Mobility Impairments often encounter obstacles when traveling to a new destination in and around South Africa and overseas. These obstacles very often include finding Accessible Accommodation specifically to meet their requirements, especially for those who use Wheelchairs or Scooters. This accommodation should not only have ramps and specially adapted rooms and bathrooms big enough to accommodate the person in their wheelchair or scooter and spacious enough to allow them to move around and store their assistive devices but should also include other Accessible Features that are set out in the SANS 10400 Part S of the South African Building Regulations.
While Government Regulations and the increasing awareness of the needs of persons with disabilities have encouraged more organisations and companies to adapt their accommodation to become more accessible, this includes Accessible Guest Houses; Accessible Game Reserves; Accessible Hotel and Holiday Resorts, etc. This "Accessible Accommodation", is sometimes only accessible to persons with certain types of disabilities, or someone who uses a certain type of Mobility Aid and 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.
While you can book on-line via various web sites that allow you to list your disabilities and requirements on-line, you should also speak to a representative from the Hotel or Guest House to ensure that all your requirements are catered for. For those who don't travel often, or need assistance or advice, you are welcome to Contact Us or alternatively there are also some Events Companies in South Africa that can orgonize or book accessible accommodation for you, specialising in larger groups travelling around South Africa, such as disability sports teams.
To view featured Accessible Accommodation such as the Casa iLanga Guest House and other Companies and Web Sites that can assist you when traveling and looking for accommodation, please read the article below and visit the links provided.
Event Organization Companies
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Featured Accessible Accommodation In South Africa
There are a variety of different types of accommodation available for persons with 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 and 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 sure that your stay is as easy as possible, for those travelers with disabilities, these include Guest Houses such as Casa iLanga in Somerset West Western Cape and The Dave Lewis Guest Lodge in Johanesburg in Gauteng.
Casa iLanga Guest House
The Casa iLanga Guest House is situated in a safe and tranquil neighbourhood in Somerset West, the intimate “House of Sun” guesthouse is nestled close to the impressive Helderberg mountains on one side and the wide-open beaches of False Bay on the other.
Recently renovated, The Casa iLanga Guest House is now wheelchair accessible and has been tastefully transformed to accommodate guests with special needs in all en-suite rooms, leisure spaces and communal areas and boasts a modern and elegant ambience with a touch of contemporary African décor in all five bedrooms.
We at Casa iLanga take pride in ensuring that our Guest House is accessible to guests with special needs and as a Member of DiSA and an Access Warrior, we understand that accessibility means more than just supplying a ramp and therefore also provide various equipment to make your visit more convenient and have been visited by a Disability Expert to ensure that we are Wheelchair Accessible and that our guests with Mobility Impairments have their needs catered for.
The owner of Casa iLanga is 53-year young lady Geertje Van den Broeck who was a caretake in Belgium but fell in love with South Africa after doing voluntary work in Zambia and taking an overland trip from Cape Town to Vic Falls. Waiting for many years she turned her dream into a true story and so Casa iLanga Guest House was born.
Casa iLanga is only 30 km from Cape Town International airport and about 10 minutes’ drive from the world-famous Cape Winelands, and right next to the N2 national road to the Garden Route.
We at Casa iLanga take pride in ensuring that our guests all leave with wonderful memories of their stay in Somerset West and can also organise Accessible Transport and Carers on request. Please feel free to visit us at 7 Weavers Way, Parel Vallei, Somerset West, Cape Town, South Africa or Contact us on: Tel: +27 (0)67 382 1603 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at www.casailanga.co.za. Please also visit our Accessible Cities – Casa iLanga Page to find out more about the Accessibility of our Guest House and what we have to offer.
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 email@example.com. Please feel free to contact them for more information or any enquiries on the link below.
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. If the Accessible Accommodation featured above cannot assist or accommodate you or you are travelling elsewhere in South Africa, view the advice and tips in the links below which can be found on various Blogs, Web Sites, Facebook Pages or Twitter Feeds. These tips 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 may also supply photographs of the rooms with measurements and descriptions of what is available. If the Accessible Accommodation featured above cannot assist or accommodate you or you are travelling elsewhere in South Africa, view the links below is a number of these Accommodation and 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. Before you book with them, please ensure that confirm with the accommodation that they are accessible to you and would be able to accommodate all your needs. Please 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 have stricter legislation 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.