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Wheelchair Accessible Safari

Unread postby AGraceG » Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:17 pm

Hello! My boyfriend and I are looking to visit Kruger in July 2015. He has a spinal cord injury and uses a manual wheelchair (he is unable to stand or walk at all). We would appreciate any recourses, insight, tips in planning our dream vacation.

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Re: Wheelchair Accessible Safari

Unread postby Crested Val » Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:30 pm

Welcome to the forums AGraceA. :gflower:

Are you planning to drive yourselves, or wanting a guided game drive?

How are you planning to arrive?

There are accommodation options for wheelchair dependent people, but I need to know a bit more info, to advise.

I am partly wheelchair dependent myself. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Wheelchair Accessible Safari

Unread postby AGraceG » Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:37 pm

Thank you! We would like a guided game drive, I believe. We aren't sure yet how we would arrive but are flying in from New York. We'd like to keep the cost low but still feel comfortable and safe.

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Re: Wheelchair Accessible Safari

Unread postby Crested Val » Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:48 pm

Ok, if you drive you have 2 options.
1.Hire a car at OR Tambo Joburg airport, and drive to Kruger.
2.When you arrive at OR tambo, connect Airlink to Nelspruit Airport, and hire a car from there to drive to Kruger.

If you are not happy/can't drive, it is more difficult.

There was talk a while ago of getting a safari vehicle for wheelchair dependent people, but I don't think it has happened yet. (I may be wrong, so will need to check)

How easy is it for your boyfriend to transfer from chair to car, or does he need to sit in his chair in a vehicle?
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Re: Wheelchair Accessible Safari

Unread postby christo » Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:55 pm

I've send you a PM. It is about a sponsor for your safari.
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Re: Wheelchair Accessible Safari

Unread postby AGraceG » Tue Sep 03, 2013 1:23 am

He can transfer from surface to surface independently if they are relatively level but needs a lift if the height difference is really significant.

Thanks Christo-sent you an email.

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Re: Wheelchair Accessible Safari

Unread postby JimS » Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:08 am

Hi

We live in Johannesburg and spend lots of time in Kruger. Our niece is a quadraplegic and has made many visits to Kruger and requires similar accommodation and services as your boyfriend. We have taken pictures of many of the accessible chalets and details and measurements of the chalets and these can be found on the website www.disabledtravel.co.za

The accommodation codes for accesible accommodation all end in a Z suffix, however not all Z accommodation is the same, most have roll in showers, but some only have a bath. The pictures on disabledtravel will give you a very good idea of what is available in each camp in Kruger. You must check out both Limpopo and Mpumalanga on the web site to view all of the camps.

The web site also has info on various tour operators specialising in accessible travle.

We will be in Kruger twice in the next few months so if you can drop us a PM on where you plan to stay in Kruger we can update you on accesibility issues you may face. My wife is a mine of information having planned many trips for our niece.

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Re: Wheelchair Accessible Safari

Unread postby AGraceG » Thu Sep 05, 2013 1:45 am

WOW! This information in such great detail is so impressive! I am a physical therapist and can appreciate all of the work this must have taken. Thank you for such a tremendous travel resource! We need you in the states!!! :).

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Re: Wheelchair Accessible Safari

Unread postby Goggapot » Thu Sep 05, 2013 7:31 am

Hi AGraceG!

I'm also wheelchair bound and going to Kruger quite often. Please make sure that when you make the accommodation bookings that you contact Hester +2712 426 5117. She does all the Z bookings.

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Re: Wheelchair Accessible Safari

Unread postby JimS » Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:56 am

Hi AGraceG

Nice to know that you found the disabledtravel website useful. Although my wife took many of the pictures of the accommodation in Kruger the website is not our doing. The credit for the site must go to Karin Coetzee, also a therapist, who set up and runs the web site.

If you need any more info just drop me a mail

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Re: Wheelchair Accessible Safari

Unread postby Crested Val » Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:20 am

Hi Grace
Glad you are getting such good info.
I will just repeat what Jim said, that unless your boyfriend can transfer in and out of a bath, make sure your accommodation has a shower.

One year I didn't check the booking, and we were at Letaba for 5 nights, with a bath, and with me getting stinkier by the day!!! :lol: :lol:

Hoping that you will have your dream holiday!! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Wheelchair Accessible Safari

Unread postby Hugh » Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:13 pm

The Safari vehicles are impossible for a wheel chair person even for someone who is slightly stiff and old . Just been on two and its quite a mission to climb into them .. and there is nothing wrong with my mobilty Maybe a smaller safari vehicle will be easier sitting in the front seat .. hopefully someone can help lift .
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