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Travel tips for people with disabilities

  • Should visitors require accommodation with accessible facilities for mobility difficulties, they must inform the reservation office when making their booking.
  • Persons with mobility difficulties wishing to fly via airports near any of the parks should make arrangements for PAU (Passenger Assistance Unit) assistance when booking their flights.
  • Persons with mobility difficulties wishing to drive and hire a hand-controlled vehicle need to give the car rental agencies about 4 days notice.
  • All major service stations en route to the parks are equipped with accessible toilet facilities.
  • Travelling with an inflatable back cushion with suction points is a good idea for showers and baths. These can be purchased at ‘Clicks’ Stores and at many pharmacies. Folded towels make comfortable seat padding.
  • Visitors with inflatable tyres are advised that thorns are a potential risk – though not generally a problem at main tourism destination. However as a precaution, spare tubes, puncture repair kits or heavy-duty tyres are recommended.
  • People susceptible to extreme heat should note that summer temperatures (particularly December to February) could be extremely high in many of the parks. Parks in the country’s arid northwest, the Lowveld (Kruger) and Limpopo Province are particular hot spots. While drinking water is available in all major rest camps, travelling with supplementary supplies is recommended.
  • Kruger Park is in a malaria area. There have been historical cases of malaria in one or two other parks, but this is an exception. While spraying of the Kruger camp facilities means that incidences are low, there is still a potential risk. The late summer months (February to April) are the most vulnerable times. Visitors who take medication should check with their doctor to determine whether they can take certain prophylactics. Avoiding getting bitten is perhaps the best advice. Dawn and dusk are the most vulnerable times. People should avoid leaving areas of skin uncovered, particularly the ankles. Para and Quadriplegics who cannot feel the lower parts of their bodies should be particular careful in monitoring bites. Liberal use of mosquito sprays and lotions and sleeping with burning coils or electrical pads is recommended.

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