Have you ever dreamed about taking an African safari but put it out of your mind because you just assumed safaris were not wheelchair accessible? Well, pack your bags and get ready for an adventure because, believe it or not, there are a large number of safari operators who actually specialize in wheelchair-accessible safaris. Many of these operators have vehicles that you can roll on to and luxury tent accommodations with roll-in showers. Some operators specialize in Kenya and Tanzania, whereas others focus entirely on South Africa. Additionally, some private reserves even have accessible accommodations and safari vehicles.
Prices and itineraries vary, but, the good news is, there are many providers to choose from. Here’s a roundup of companies that off er accessible safari options. Green Leopard Safaris specializes in accessible Kenya safaris. This local outfi tter can provide everything from oxygen and hospital beds to attendant care and medical supplies on their customized safaris. They have two liftequipped safari vehicles and wheelchair users can either transfer to a seat or remain in their own wheelchair for game drives. Overnight accommodations are provided in a modifi ed tent camp, which features accessible tents with private bathrooms and roll-in showers.
Southern Cross Safaris was established in 1957; however, they only recently began providing accessible Kenya safaris. In fact this African-based outfitter modifi ed their existing facilities and vehicles to accommodate a wheeler guest. As a result, they now have two ramped safari vehicles and accessible accommodations at their tented safari camp in Tsavo East.