Accessible Cape Town Part II
Below please find Part II of accessible Cape Town. You can find Part I here.
Cape Point: Where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Cape Point is located in a beautiful national park and a drive around is recommended. Once in the park, you follow signs to Cape Point and at the bottom there is carpark and from there you can get up to the point. There are two options to get up to the top. The first is a very steep hill which even though there are no steps I would not recommend it. Alternatively there is a wheelchair accessible funicular.
Once up the top there are a few vantage points that you can see the view from. However to get right to the edge of the point and the lighthouse is impossible as a wheelchair user.
Kirstenbosch: A beautiful botanic garden that is nestled at the foot of Table Mountain. Kirstenbosch is home to all of South Africa’s unique flora. It is a great place to have a picnic or to enjoy lunch at the cafe. Kirstenbosch is situated on quite a steep hill. The area around the visitors centre and restaurant are completely accessible. However if you want to venture further afield you might require assistance. This website; https://www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch/kirstenbosch-nbg-visitor-information has information for wheelchair visitors and a great map that highlights accessible and non accessible areas.
Chapmans Peak Drive/ Hout Bay: Chapmans Peak drive links the coastal town of Nordehok to the fishing village of Hout Bay. The drive is not for the faint hearted as it is a narrow winding road that hugs the coast with steep cliffs on one side and the ocean on the other. The scenery is spectacular. Wheelchair users, I would not recommended getting out of the car to stop at the vantage points as the road is quite narrow – just make someone else do the driving so you can take advantage of the view. Top Tip: Sometimes the road is closed due to maintenance issues (i.e rock falling on the road) so just check on their website, so just check before you set off.
The road ends in the fishing town of Hout Bay. There is a lot of delicious seafood restaurants, my favourite being the Hout Bay hotel. In the harbour there is a cute craft market.
Camps Bay: Probably the closest beach to the city centre. It has a lot of restaurants and cocktail bars from which to watch the amazing sunset. The promenade along the beach is also flat and accessible.
Groot Constantia: There are quite a few wine regions in the area with the closest being only a short drive form the city centre in Constantia. Groot Constantia is the original estate and was founded in 1685. It has beautiful grounds and gardens, wine tasting, cellar tours. The original homestead is also now a museum. While the grounds are a little difficult the cellar door and the original homestead are accessible (in parts).
And that’s it for Accessible Cape Town. However there is so much more to see and do in Cape Town and surrounds. There are so many more beautiful beaches that I didn’t cover, heaps of shopping and delicious restaurants. One of my top destinations in the world.