July 05, 2011
Wheelchair-friendly activities in Cape Town
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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