Disable Access Day took place at the weekend (10th – 12th March)
The event helps disabled people, their friends and families to know which venues are accessible.
“We were inspired by the idea of Disabled Access Day and the potential for it to increase the numbers of conversations between venues and disabled people, as well as to raise the profile of disabled access. We were delighted by the backing from many venues, organisations and businesses that got involved, in particular their appetite to improve their own accessibility and to get more feedback from disabled people.” Kiki MacDonald, Co-Founder of Euan’s Guide.
It can be difficult though, for the rest of the year, to always find accessible activities and to travel with a disability. That’s why we love this article, outlining nine adventure holidays which can be done from a wheelchair.
Amazon trekking: Huasquila Amazon Lodge
The Amazon rainforest has a reputation for being impenetrable at the best of times – access can be a struggle even for the able-bodied. So here’s a real pioneer: the Huasquila Amazon Lodge, tucked away in the heart of the Ecuadorian rainforest. Seven of the 20 cabins are completely accessible, while they’ve built specially engineered, wheelchair-friendly walkways through acres of protected land. Disabled guests can also enjoy guided walks using locally designed wheelchairs to look out for vipers, monkeys and parrots, as well as an astonishing range of medicinal plants.
Accessible bungalows from £80 per night.
Seing the Big Five: Epic Enabled, South Africa
Going on safari in South Africa is easy thanks to local operator Epic Enabled, which can take you and your wheelchair on a guided eight-day safari through Kruger National Park and a private game reserve. You’ll (almost certainly) see the Big Five, meet other travellers and enjoy an icy sundowner around a traditional braai supper. Owned by couple Alfie and Sabine, who also run an accessible B&B in Cape Town, Epic Enabled uses overland vehicles which have been specially adapted for wheelchair users, with stays in accessible ‘rondavel’ huts and cabins throughout. My trip with them was one of the best things I’ve ever done.
Safaris from £1342 including eight days in accessible accommodation, adapted vehicle and meals.
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