Stuck in the Mud

2013 Mana Pools trip accommodation

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.

Molopo Lodge, Northern Cape: Pleasant atmosphere. 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.

Cresta Jwaneng Hotel, Jwaneng: Comfortable over-night stop but not much of an atmosphere. The room was spacious and bathroom and toilet accessible in a wheelchair (take your own shower stool). Help required to get up a fairly steep step into the bedroom we stayed in. Paved pathway and ramp to the entertainment and dining area. Secure parking.

Phokoje Bush Lodge, Selebi Phikwe: Nice rustic furnishings and a comfortable chalet. Very pleasant atmosphere with friendly and attentive staff. The toilet and bathroom (shower) was a bit cramped (but manageable with a squeeze) in a wheelchair. Shower stool needed.

Shashani Lodge, Figtree, Western Matopos: As described in my trip report, the access to the rooms is not suitable in a wheelchair without a lot of effort. The room, bathroom and toilet are large and comfortable though and wheelchair access once there is good. Beautiful views and worth the effort if you have the assistance required.

Mapungubwe National Park, Limpopo: We camped at the Mazhou campsite. Ablution block with a bathroom and toilet adapted for the mobility challenged and campsites that are level and on frim ground. Highly recommended.

Karoo National Park, Beaufort West: Very comfortable accommodation which is wheelchair enabled. Well worth a visit.

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