Stuck in the Mud

Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mapungubwe 2012

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.

Augrabies Falls National Park: Comfortable chalets which include a couple that have been adapted for the mobility challenged. The restaurant is a fair distance from the chalets but good for exercise and building a thirst! A comprehensive website with all contact details 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.

Bosobogolo campsite, Mabuasehube: Wilderness campsite with no facilities. One needs to be completely self sufficient when camping here. Generally very sandy and not easy to move around in a wheelchair without assistance. The A Frame structure has a concrete base so a great spot to sit, relax and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the wilderness. Bookings and more information can be can be made through various travel organisations (Google is your friend!) or direct contact with the Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP).

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.

Marina’s Lodge, Maun: As per trip report not ideal in a wheelchair. No contact details for this establishment.

Island Safari Lodge, Maun: Large and spacious but utilitarian room with easy access to bathroom and toilet. No special adaptations for wheelchair users. The restaurant and verandah overlooking the river are paved and offer easy access and freedom of movement in a wheelchair.

Nata Lodge, Nata: Very comfortable and well furnished chalets. Large bedroom with an outside, open-air shower (wheelchair users will need a shower stool) or bath in the bedroom! They do apparently have a chalet adapted for the mobility challenged but it wasn’t available the night we stayed and we didn’t see it so can’t comment on adaptations. Very nice restaurant and entertainment facilities.

Kwalape Safari Lodge, Kasane: We camped at Kwalape. They do have chalets but we didn’t investigate those to check wheelchair accessibility. The campsites were a bit cramped and noisy (seems a popular site for overnight tours and backpackers). Access to the ablution block in the wheelchair was via a circuitous route up a small hill on a rough dirt path. Doors to the showers were too narrow for a wheelchair so I made do with basin baths. Toilet access was possible but I couldn’t close the door. The staff were friendly and helpful and they seemed to have good facilities at the lodge.

Bulawayo Municipal Caravan Park and Campsite: We stayed in one of their chalets. It was accessible in my chair but with no adaptations for the mobility challenged and has seen better days. Not recommended.

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.

Ouderwerf Lodge, Kuruman: A nicely set out lodge with good security. Our room was very comfortable and the bathroom and toilet were easily accessible in a chair. A couple of steps to get in so assistance needed.

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