10 amazing wheelchair-friendly things to do in Cape Town
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If you follow me on social media, you might have seen that we’ve recently been to back to Cape Town. It’s been my third time and I can only repeat how beautiful and stunning this destination is. Whether you are a wheelchair user or not, Cape Town should definitely be on your travel bucket list! Here is a guide of 10 amazing wheelchair-friendly things to do in Cape Town and the Western Cape area!
1.) Visit Table Mountain
Not only is Table Mountain one of the 7 New Wonders of the World, it is also fully wheelchair-accessible. From its top you have an amazing view of Cape Town’s City Bowl as well as of the Atlantic Seaboard.
There are several disabled parking spots at the Lower Cable Car Station, if you come by car. You can also get there by riding the wheelchair-accessible Cape Town City Sightseeing bus.
I recommend to buy your ticket online one or two days prior to your visit. Make sure to check the weather conditions before buying your ticket on Table Mountain Aerial Cableway’s website.
Wheelchair users do not have to wait in line but can immediately approach the elevator. In general, the staff takes you to the cable car boarding platform and helps you board. Once on top, you can stroll along the wheelchair-friendly round course. If you are hungry, you can enjoy a snack at the Table Mountain Café where you will also find accessible restrooms.
2.) Enjoy the views from Signal Hill
Signal Hill is the perfect place for taking pictures of Table Mountain as well as Lion’s Head and even Robben Island. It is also a very popular spot to watch Cape Town’s breathtaking sunsets. There are lots of parking spots, two accessible restrooms and the paths are wheelchair-accessible in most parts. During day time there are some great food, coffee and ice cream trucks.
3.) Visit historical Groot Constantia Wine Estate
The wheelchair-friendly Groot Constantia Wine Estate is the oldest wine farm in South Africa. It was founded back in 1685 and is located in beautiful Constantia Valley. You can visit it either on your own or you can buy a ticket for Groot Constantia’s Visitors Route Experience. The Visitors Route Experience is a self-guided cellar and vineyard tour for true wine passionates. We didn’t do the tour, that’s why I stick to my own experience. You can do a wine tasting, enjoy some food in one of their restaurants or stroll along the beautiful walkways. Some areas are hilly, but with a little help you will be fine. There are enough dedicated parking lots as well as wheelchair-accessible restrooms.
4.) Visit the Penguins at Boulders Beach
Boulders Beach, located in Simon’s Town, is home to a large colony of African Penguins. Wheelchair users can admire those cute little guys thanks to a perfectly wheelchair-accessible wooden walkway. I have already written a detailed accessibility review of Boulders Beach where you will find more information on getting there, entry fees etc.
5.) Visit Slangkop Lighthouse in Kommetje
Kommetje is a tranquil village on the west coast of the Cape Peninsula. It is a famous surfing spot as well as a popular birding destination. Slangkop Lighthouse is located on the southern end of Kommetje’s Long Beach. It was commissioned in 1919 and is about 33 m high. You can get a perfect glimpse of it by strolling along the wheelchair-friendly wooden path on the coast. However, the path could be inaccessible for power wheelchairs, because it is quite narrow in some spots and I’m not too sure about the wood’s resistance.
6.) Visit Cape Point Nature Reserve
The wheelchair-friendly Cape Point Nature Reserve belongs to Table Mountain National Park and is located about 60 km south-west of Cape Town. The famous Cape of Good Hope as well as the Cape Point Lighthouse are the park’s major attractions. You can see curious baboons, wild ostriches, African dassies and, if you are lucky, even snakes.
The wheelchair-accessible Flying Dutchman Funicular takes you all the way up to the panoramic viewing area from where you can see the Lighthouse, Cape Point as well as Dias Beach. Unfortunately, wheelchair users cannot visit the Cape Point Lighthouse itself, as it is only accessible by a huge set of stairs. I recommend to spend one full day at Cape Point Nature Reserve in order to explore the entire area with all its magical hidden spots.
7.) Visit Muizenberg Beach
Muizenberg Beach is a popular spot for surfers and very well known for its colourful beach houses. The village of Muizenberg, about 30 km south of Cape Town, is located on the False Bay Coast. Sharks are regularly sighted at Muizenberg Beach. Shark Spotters, a shark safety and research organisation, does great work to reduce attacks. You can watch the surfers at Surfer’s Corner and stroll along the wheelchair-accessible beach walk. There are handicap parking spots on Beach Road as well as wheelchair-accessible restrooms.
8.) Visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, also called “Africa’s most beautiful garden” is a stunning botanical garden located in Newlands, about 20 min. east of Cape Town. It is one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is wheelchair-accessible in most parts. There are dedicated handicap parking lots as well as spacious accessible restrooms. Kirstenbosch lies on the eastern foot of Table Mountain, which means that the entire area is pointing uphill. There are some very steep hills, where wheelchair users definitely need help to push.
The newly constructed, 130 m long Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway is perfectly wheelchair-accessible and takes you from the forest floor to the top of the trees. The Tree Canopy Walkway, “The Boomslang” in Afrikaans (for tree snake), is a walkway made out of steel and wood. It winds itself through the Arboretum like a snake and raises you up and above the trees. The unique panoramic view is incredibly beautiful!
9.) Visit Blouberg Beach and Dolphin Beach
Blouberg Beach, Bloubergstrand (Afrikaans for “blue mountain beach”), is a suburb of Cape Town located on Table Bay. A short 15-min-drive to the North and the scenery changes completely. At the beach front parking left of Otto du Plessis Drive you find dedicated parking lots as well as wheelchair-accessible restrooms. From there you can stroll along the beautiful beach walk and enjoy the impressive scenery. The view of Table Mountain is just magnificent.
Watching the sun set from Dolphin Beach will surely give you the goosebumps! You can park at Marine Drive parking, right across the Milky Lane ice cream shop. The first 10 meters of the wooden path down the beach are accessible. But you can also enjoy the sunset whilst comfortably sitting in your car.
10.) Visit the V&A Waterfront
The Victoria & Albert Waterfront is not only a working harbour but also a huge shopping complex with more than 450 retail shops. One day is not enough to explore the entire area as there is so much to see and do. The entire V&A Waterfront complex is completely wheelchair-accessible. Wheelchair users can even ride the 40 meter high Cape Wheel. There are countless restaurants as well as the V&A Food Market offering all different kinds of local and international food. The Two Oceans Aquarium and the in September 2017 newly opened Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary Art Africa) are both worth a visit, too.