Wheelchair accessible South Africa self drive holiday
Description of Wheelchair accessible South Africa self drive holiday
The wonders of South Africa are too many to name, but you’ll have the freedom to take in many of them with this wheelchair accessible self-drive holiday. Your accommodation and car hire are taken care of, leaving you free to make your way between destinations choosing your own route and pace.
Spend a day exploring the key attractions of Cape Town, perhaps taking the cable car to the summit of iconic Table Mountain, or learning the history of Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years.
Drive to a sedate corner of the beautiful Franschhoek Valley in South Africa’s Winelands region, where you’ll have ample opportunity to tempt your palate on both wine and local, organic food.
Next you’ll make for the coast, and Hermanus with its high cliffs, regarded as one of the best locations on the planet for whale watching – perhaps a good place to book a boat trip, or simply see what you can spy from the clifftops.
Continuing through Knysna, famed for its seafood and especially oysters, drive a section of the glorious Garden Route as you make your way to a safari park. Here you’ll spend a couple of days taking guided game drives in hope of seeing the Big Five – and of course this being South Africa, you have an excellent chance.
As this is a wheelchair accessible holiday, your operator will discuss your requirements before departure to ensure your needs are met, such as by booking ground floor rooms, and suggesting suitable restaurants and other attractions.
PlanetThe game reserve is recognised as the pioneer in Eastern Cape eco tourism and has a dedicated wildlife department consisting of two wildlife vets, two ecologists, an environmentalist and a variety of qualified nature conservationists. They aim to ensure a sustainable environment for all the fauna and flora on the long term, the ecological integrity of the biodiversity as well as the maintenance of a quality wildlife experience. The reserve is also home to the Born Free Foundation Animal Rescue and Education Centre, which aims to provide long term humane care for rescued African cats that have been subjected to inhumane conditions internationally as well as to provide an education resource for visitors, school children and students.
PeopleThis trip uses some luxury boutique accommodations where the focus is on organically produced food, sustainable tourism initiatives and genuine hospitality. For instance, the wine estate in Franschhoek retains the comfort and warmth associated with a homestead, rather than the impersonal clinical nature of most commercial hotels and catering accommodations. Here, fresh produce is grown for the restaurant and chickens roam the estate – vital for the fresh morning eggs.
There are currently two Born Free Centres on the game reserve. Environmental education is a major facet of these centres and the emphasis is on the school children of previously disadvantaged communities with in excess of 700 children been educated monthly. Guests at the reserve can visit the centres and learn about their work.
With every booking, we donate funds to Helping Rhinos, our charity partner.
Helping Rhinos have been set up to create awareness of the issues threatening the global rhino population and raises funds to help protect them for future generations.
This donation goes towards training for members of the local community to become rangers and ensure that there are more local people trained in the fight against poaching. This is important from a conservation perspective in order to preserve and protect one of our most important and prehistoric species, but also from an educational perspective as members of the local community are trained and offered jobs and a career - as well as educated about Rhino conservation.