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Get in

By air

Get around

By air

Guide dogs for the blind or deaf are allowed to travel free of charge in the cabin with their owner on local South African Airways, provided that they do not take up a seat and are harnessed.


Most shopping centres have wide marked disabled parking close to the entrances.

Money templates and coin selectors can be purchased from the South African National Council for the Blind [8].


South African banknotes are progressively larger in larger denominations.

New banknotes have raised diamond shapes in the middle of the bottom half of each note for tactile identification. A R10 note has one, a R20 note has two, a R50 rand note has three, a R100 note has four and a R200 note has 5. They also have large geometric shapes on the front for easy identification by people with partial sight. The R10 note has a diamond, the R20 a square, the R50 a circle, the R100 a hexagon and the R200 a honeycomb hexagon.

Be aware that a lot of older notes without these features are still in circulation




Tour Operators

These tour operators specialize in providing tours specifically designed for the disabled.

  • Rolling SA, [1]. Tours for wheelchair bound individuals.
  • Endeavour Safaris, 23 Lark crescent, Tableview, Cape Town, +27 (0)21 556-6114 (+27 (0)73 206-7733, ), [2]. Specializing in accessible travel for people with restricted mobility, visual and hearing impairments, oxygen-users and kidney dialysis dependent individuals.
  • Access Africa, 47 Kimbolton Close, London, UK, +27 (0)39 973-0533 (RSA) (+44 (0)20 8851-3065 (UK), ), [3]. Based in the United Kingdom and provided South African tours for wheelchair users.


  • South African National Council for the Blind, 514 White Street, Bailey's Muckleneuk, Pretoria, +27 (0)12 452-3811 (, fax: +27 (0)12 346-4699), [4].
  • South African Guide Dogs Association, 126 Wroxham Road, Rietfontein, Sandton, +27 (0)11 705-3512 (, fax: +27 (0)11 465-3858), [5].

  • Deaf Federation of South Africa, 20 Napier Road, Richmond, +27 (0)11 482-1610 (, fax: +27 (0)11 726-5873), [6].
  • The National Counsel for People with Physical Disabilities in South Africa, 4 Lancaster Rd, Westdene, Johannesburg, +27 (0)11 726-8040 (, fax: +27 (0)11 726-5705), [7].