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July 05, 2011

Wheelchair-friendly activities in Cape Town

Handicap sign

Photo courtesy Sterlic

Cape Town is an inspiring city for everyone, including the elderly or disabled.

Whether you’re looking to get up close and personal with nature, do a spot of shopping in the city or enjoy a live show, you can find and do it all in the Mother City.

Enjoy wheelchair-friendly activities at the following establishments in Cape Town:

City Sightseeing Bus

Offering day tours around the Peninsula, through the city centre and into the Constantia Winelands, and with an extending ramp and wheelchair space on its lower deck, the City Sightseeing Bus is the perfect way to enjoy the Mother City’s legendary beauty and cultural hotspots.

Location: Cape Town and surrounds
Contact: +27 (0)21 511 6000
Website: www.citysightseeing.co.za

V&A Waterfront

Shop to your heart’s content at the V&A Waterfront and its Clocktower Mall. Both centres have easily accessible lifts, elevators and sliding doors as well as wheelchair-friendly toilets and a free wheelchair service for the weary elderly shopper.

Location: Cape Town Waterfront
Contact: +27 (0)21 408 7600
Website: www.waterfront.co.za

Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium

Brush up on your historical knowledge at the museum or stargaze at the planetarium. Ramps with handrails, as well as lifts and a well-equipped toilet at the museum, and designated wheelchair space at the planetarium, will ensure an easy and enjoyable experience.

Location: 25 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 481 3800
Website: www.iziko.org.za/sam

Cape Town International Convention Centre

Experience everything from comedy shows to design expos and concerts at the centre. Braille buttons in the lifts, designated parking bays in ample underground parking and plenty of accessible toilets are designed for the comfort of all disabled patrons.

Location: Cape Town Foreshore
Contact: +27 (0)21 410 5000
Website: www.cticc.co.za

Artscape Theatre

Sing along and dance to your favourite musicals at this spectacular theatre. With parking, accessible ramps, wheelchair access and friendly staff at hand, an outing to the theatre is an unforgettable experience.

Location: DF Malan Street, Foreshore
Contact: +27(0)21 410-9800
Website: www.artscape.co.za

Canal Walk Shopping Centre

Level entry, lifts and accessible toilets make a shopping trip to this 400-store shopping mall a breeze.

Location: Century Boulevard, Century City, Milnerton
Contact: +27(0)21 555 4444
Website: www.canalwalk.co.za

Simon’s Town

Enjoy the fresh sea air while browsing the stores and markets of this historical coastal town.  A ramp to the best viewpoint in town offers an unparalleled view of the harbour, while parking bays at Jubilee Square ensure your car is safe all day.

Location: False Bay
Contact: +27 (0)21 782 935
Website: www.simonstown.com

Tygerberg Nature Reserve

Don’t miss out on the magnificent views of the Cape from the Tygerberg Hills, or the spectacular flora and fauna at this reserve. There is a wheelchair accessible loop trail with lookout points, a beautiful picnic area and more to enjoy.

Location: Totius Street, Welgemoed
Contact: +27 (0)21 913 5695
Website: www.capetown.gov.za


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