Daisy Country Lodge, Springbok: Very comfortable room with large bathroom and toilet area enabled for wheelchair users. Paved pathways to their dining and breakfast rooms. Highly recommended.
- Website with contact details: http://daisylodge.co.za/
Kalahari Guest House, 50km north of Upington: Their bush camp was excellent. The bedroom area and shower and toilet were all easily accessible in a wheelchair. One fairly high step to get onto the deck of the hut but easily managed with a bit of assistance. The ground around the hut and in the braai boma is firm and flat. Highly recommended.
- Website with contact details: http://www.kalahariguesthouse.co.za/
Cornwall Safari Lodge, Botswana: I’ve described the difficulties I had with wheelchair access in our blog. The room and bathroom and toilet were accessible although getting into the shower required a bit of a leap of faith when transferring from my chair to the shower stool. Quite a wide lip to transfer across.
In spite of the difficulties I experienced, I would highly recommend Cornwall Safari lodge to non wheelchair users and suggest that wheelchair users make contact with the lodge and ask about current accessibility.
Website with contact details: http://www.cornwallsafaris.co.za/
Kalahari Arms Hotel, Ghanzi: A good choice for an overnight stop. The standard double rooms weren’t accessible in a wheelchair but the Executive Suites were bigger and accessible with only one step getting into the room.
Website with contact details: https://www.kalahariarmshotel.com/
Tshima Bush Lodge, 30km from Maun: Highly recommended. Room, bathroom and toilet all easily accessible in a wheelchair. Beautiful setting and the owners go out of their way to attend to one’s needs. I have noticed from review reports that there has been a change of ownership recently but still with good reviews.
Website and contact details: http://www.tshimabushcamp.com/
South Gate campsite, Moremi: Firm ground and level campsites available. I had no difficulty moving around without assistance. The ablution block is accessible with help up a high step. Shower cubicle entrances are too narrow for access in a wheelchair but the wash basins are easily accessible. The toilet door widths are wide enough for wheelchair access but the cubicles are narrow and no room to maneuver the chair and close the door.
3rd Bridge campsite, Moremi: There are campsites available that are level and with firm ground. I chose a bad spot to pitch our tent and struggled. The ablution block access is the same as that at South Gate (above).
Kalahari Rest Lodge, Kang: Rustic and basic but comfortable room. The toilet and shower were accessible in a wheelchair but a shower stool is needed. No adaptations and rails etc. Friendly staff and pleasant restaurant.
Molopo Lodge, Northern Cape: The accommodation that we stayed in (rondavel) was rustic but could do with an overhaul. The bathroom especially was looking a bit grubby and although accessible it was a tight fit in the wheelchair. No special provisions for mobility challenged so assistance required moving about the grounds and to the restaurant.
Die Blou Nartjie, Calvinia: Good accommodation with large and comfortable room and bathroom. There are no adaptations or rails for mobility challenged guests. The toilet is small for a wheelchair but is accessible with a slightly awkward transfer. One step up to the verandah leading to the bedroom. The restaurant is in a separate building with gravel road access and 2 fairly large steps getting into it. Assistance required.