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Safaris for people with disabilities

Traveling is always an adventure, especially when you have a disability or need some extra help.With GoAfricaSafaris & Travel, our team will be there to assist wherever requested/needed, whether you just need help with the planning and to make sure you have accessible accommodation or transport, or would like assistance with daily chores – anything is possible. With our training and local knowledge we will ensure a safari itinerary specially designed to meet the individual needs of you or your group.

Our itineraries are tailormade and we will work with you to give you the freedom of choice and together we will create a safari that lets you experience even more than you may have thought possible. Discover the wonders of East Africa!

Please use our contact form to discuss possibilities for a safari.

 

Mobility/AccessGetting around: tracking wildlife in Africa is an incredible experience for anyone, and a disability / restricted mobility need not be a hindrance to this unforgettable adventure. If you are interested but would like to talk to someone else who has been on tour with us, just let us know and we will happily put you in touch with some of our past travelers to received their feedback.

We provide the following accessories to make your holiday possible:

  • Foldable shower/toilet chair – with or without wheels which can also be taken along on safari. Quite handy in the bush!
  • Hoist – we provide an electrical hoist for those clients who need assistance with lifting
  • Beach Buggy – for those travelers who spend a few days at the beach we provide a beach buggy – Tiralo – which allows you to enjoy the sandy beaches and enter the ocean without a problem

Accommodation: we work with a wide range of safari lodges, tented camps, hotels, beach resorts and self catering cottages all of whom have made a lot of progress incorporating wheelchair access over the last few year. All major national parks now have either a lodge or camp with good access, you are not limited to visited certain areas only. In Nairobi and the Coast there are also several options, kindly have a look at our accommodation page. The level of accessibility is indicated via some symbols, just hover over the symbol and it tells you what facilities are available.

Here are some examples:

    

Transport: Our safari vehicles are adapted and have access ramps and a European wheelchair locking system to ensure safe travel and handy for those guest who prefer to remain in their seat instead of making a transfer into a regular car seat. Our driver-guides have a lot of experience and will make sure you can enjoy your holiday without worries and allow you to discover the wonders of African wildlife.

Mental DisabilityTravelers with a mental disability are most welcome. We can arrange guided trips for individuals or groups, as per your requirements.

Hearing Impaired

Please contact us for tailor made assistance. With Go Africa, you can be sure that you will receive expert guidance, and won’t miss a single moment of your safari experience.

Visually Impaired/Partially sighted

An African safari is a feast for all of the senses, and being here is about more than just seeing. The sounds of the African night, as lions call each other and the savannah comes to nocturnal life, followed by the great dawn chorus as a multitude of birds greet the rising sun – this is one of the great African experiences. Many more unforgettable experiences are available here: the warmth of the sun and the calm soothing waters of the Indian Ocean along our coastline, the sound of traditional song and dance in a local village, the chance to meet and talk with the warm and welcoming people from a new and fascinating culture.

Assisted Travel

Sometimes travel is much easier with someone who can help you with daily tasks, like dressing, shopping, changing money and getting around. For anyone who feels they need assistance along the way, our guided safaris/holidays with one of our trained team-members is ideal.

You let us know in which areas you require assistance by our contact form, and we’ll be there.

While there are few facilities for travellers with disabilities, Tanzanians are generally quite accommodating and willing to offer whatever assistance they can. Some considerations:

  • A small number of lodges have wheelchair accessible rooms. But, few hotels have lifts (elevators) and many have narrow stairwells, especially in Stone Town (Zanzibar Town) on Zanzibar Island, where they are often steep and narrow. Grips or railings in the bathrooms are rare.
  • Many park lodges and camps are built on ground level. However, access paths – in an attempt to maintain a natural environment – are sometimes rough or rocky, and rooms or tents raised. Enquire about access before booking.
  • As far as we know, there are no Braille signboards at any parks or museums, nor any facilities for deaf travellers.
  • Minibuses are widely available on Zanzibar Island and on the mainland, and can be chartered for transport and for customised safaris. Large or wide-door vehicles can also be arranged through car-rental agencies in Dar es Salaam and with Arusha-based tour operators. Taxis countrywide are usually small sedans, and buses are not wheelchair equipped.
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