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Africa wheelchair accessible holidays

Updated on May 22, 2014

Access Africa

Planning a holiday can be stressful, but planning a holiday when you have a disability is always challenging to say the least. Having this in mind, a friend of mine -who enjoys travelling but has experienced many frustrations in doing so because he has a spinal injury- created Access Africa to offer wheelchair accessible holidays in comfort for the adventurous disabled traveller who wishes to experience South Africa.

Access Africa was established based on the personal experiences of a spinal injury traveller so they include facilities and services which benefit from first hand experience of the demands and frustrations when travelling with a disability abroad. Access Africa can tailor your holidays according to your personal needs. Equipment aids such as shower chairs and mobile hoists are provided on request at no extra charge because their policy is based on equal opportunities and they don't expect a disabled person to pay more because they require extra facilities.

Wheelchair Accessible Holidays


Your will stay at the private and exclusive Ekuthuleni lodge which is situated 20 min from Durban International Airport on the scenic Kwazulu Natal south coast known as the " Garden Province " of South Africa.

The accommodation at Ekutheleni Lodge is set amidst indigenous gardens and has majestic ocean views. The chalets –serviced daily- blend into a luxurious setting of Acacias, Mango trees and local flowers and the rustic thatch roofs merge tastefully into the natural surroundings. Each chalet can accommodate 6 guests. For comfort the chalets benefit from custom made doorways to provide easy access to wheelchairs. All units have flush floor showers.

For more information and photos of Ekutheleni Lodge click here

South Africa: Durban International Airport

Durban International Airport:
Durban International Airport, South Africa

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Pics courtesy of South African Tourism.
Pics courtesy of South African Tourism.
The owner of the project
The owner of the project

Access Africa Packages Provide :

  • Comfortable Wheelchair Accessible Accommodation
  • Dinner, bed and breakfast at Ekutheleni Lodge
  • Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Transport
  • Wheelchair Accessible Safari
  • All Accessible day tours
  • Full use of all facilities which includes manual hoist, shower-chair, commode, swimming pool hoist and adapted vehicles with clamps.
  • Carer/PA provided on request free of charge

Wheelchair Accessible Transportation

Wheelchair Accessible Transportation

Whilst on tour with Access Africa, vehicle transport is provided in the form of various vehicles from a small mini bus with ramps to a larger fully wheelchair adapted vehicle that has a rear entrance hydraulic lift and can transport 2 wheelchairs and 7 seated passengers.

The weather

Climate averages:

  • Summer ( Jan ) min 21 to max 28 degrees.
  • Autumn ( April ) min 17 to max 26 degrees.
  • Winter ( July ) min 10 to max 23 degrees.
  • Spring ( Oct ) min 17 to max 24 degrees.


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      Susan Keeping 

      8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      This is great. While I am not in a wheelchair, I have mobility problems and it's good to know there are holiday services that offer alternatives.

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      8 years ago

      I really appreciate your post and you explain each and every point very well.Thanks for sharing this information.And I’ll love to read your next post too.



    • Princessa profile imageAUTHOR

      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      9 years ago from France

      Betty: I just want to let people know that there are some good options for those who have a disability but still want to travel the world and have fun.

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      Betty Reid 

      9 years ago from Texas

      Wow! Cool topic for a hub!

    • Princessa profile imageAUTHOR

      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      9 years ago from France

      Juliette: thanks for your support. Everyone should have the same opportunities when travelling.

      Sandyspider: Hoping that it reaches those who need it.

      Pamela: It does allow people with disabilities to enjoy an adventure holiday. Like you say, there are too many people with disabilities who are obliged to stay at home because the lack of infrastructure anywhere else. Access africa makes it possible for them to enjoy a normal holiday, and adventure trip and for most people a one time in a life experience.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Princessa, Access America sounds wonderful for those will with serious disabilities as they are so confined normally. This gives them the ability to regain a little bit normalcy with the ability to travel. I love it! Great article.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Wonderful information for the disabled and travel.

    • Juliette Morgan profile image

      Juliette Morgan 

      9 years ago

      Great hub subject Princessa - enjoyed and as a hospitality professional myself I can say this will help less able bodied people who like all of us want to be offered quality travel options, thanks, Juliette.

    • Princessa profile imageAUTHOR

      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      9 years ago from France

      drbj: Like my friend experienced it, it can be very difficult for people with disabilities to find suitable holiday packages.

      H P Roychoudhury: It is good to have several options open.

      Harlan Lewin: Thanks Harlan, I am hoping that this information reaches those who are needing it.

      Patty: Thanks for the thumbs up and your support.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      This is very useful information. The four months I sopent ni a wheelchairs with a crushed ankle showed me a lot about access and attitudes. Accessibility is vital. Thumbs up!

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      Harlan Lewin 

      9 years ago from San Francisco

      Very sensitive and informative-the kind of hub I love to see.

    • H P Roychoudhury profile image

      H P Roychoudhury 

      9 years ago from Guwahati, India

      It is wonderful to hear a disable also can travel a distance.Wonderful.

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      drbj and sherry 

      9 years ago from south Florida

      Princessa - Your friend's Access America should do very well because unfortunately, there is a very large subset of people with disabilities. But many who are able to travel will surely benefit from his recommendations.


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