ACCESSIBLE TRAVEL | SAFARIS FOR TRAVELLERS WITH DISABILITIES | ENABLED DIFFERENTLY PERSONS | TRAVELLERS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

We don’t add DIS to ability! IF WE CAN DO IT, YOU CAN DO IT.

The purpose of this page not to dazzle you with the places we have been to, but to inspire you to realize it is possible for you to go anywhere you would love to see. No place in your dreams is impossible- Disability is NOT inability!

Tropical Vacations has successfully facilitated and still offer accessible travel to people with special needs, in particular, we do cater to:

  • People with mobility & Access issues
  • People with Albinism
  • The Senior citizens and slow walkers
  • Hearing Impaired

At Tropical Vacations Inc, we realize that those with physical challenges need all the room they can get to grow and expand beyond the limits imposed upon them by their conditions. They need to have courage and break out of the mold, break out of thinking that they can’t do this or go there.

A Many people think it is too hard, and just stay home. That would explain why you meet few special needs people as you travel the world. They give up before they start. They fear they will get into situations that will embarrass them, or overwhelm them. They poke themselves in a jug that limits their ability to grow and expand – and just stay home.

You must believe you have the power to overcome your circumstances. Think about yourself and your situation in a different way. See yourself achieving what you dream of doing, and then find a way to make that happen. People all over the world will help you. They admire you for trying, want you to succeed and are eager to make it happen.

If you can believe, then you can travel to the places of your dreams and it will make no difference if your destination is 10,000 miles away, or just the next town over from where you live.

As they say, “Attitude is Everything”. With the right attitude, you can do and go anywhere you want. Though difficult, the enjoyment, experience and memories are worth the effort.

All of our accessible lifestyle vacations are created to harmonize our clients’ abilities with the accessible resources necessary for slow walkers and wheelchair travelers to vacation in a barrier free environment.

Our wheelchair accessible group vacations welcome families, single travelers, and their friends. Our groups visit the living classrooms of culture and history around the world. As a private alternative we also create custom accessible vacations for travelers who want their own private accessible vacation at their own pace.

With now 15 years of experience making dreams come true for travelers with wheels, we know wheelchair accessible travel firsthand. We believe you should enjoy your next accessible vacation with no surprises – that’s the way we see it and that’s the way you imagine it should be.

Our safaris are operated in custom built Safari Land Cruisers with removable and adjustable seats and we utilize the services of accommodation facilities that are disabled friendly throughout your stay with us.

Sample Itineraries:

TVAT 01: 8 Day Kenya

TVAT 03: 11 Days Ultimate Botswana – Disabled Travel

Accessible Safaris

This safari has been designed in such a way as to ensure maximum comfort and respond to the demand for freedom and security for people with limited mobility for semi luxurious, but still adventurous African safari. Whether you use a cane, crutches, have a slight limp, use a manual wheelchair or permanently use an electric chair, we can show you the beauty of Southern Africa: those destinations never before thought possible. Your disability, whatever it may be, should not influence your dream journey.

This safari is one example of the type of trips we can create; please call for customized options and safaris specifically designed for travelers with hearing and/or visual impairment.

Day 1 & 2: Magkadigkadi Pans

Upon your arrival at Maun Airport you will be met by your private English speaking professional guide who will stay with you for your entire journey. After a brief introduction, you will be escorted to your private open game drive vehicle and depart Maun in a southerly direction for your first destination along the Boteti river.

Botswana is well known for having some of the best wilderness and wildlife areas on the African continent. With almost 40% of its land area devoted to national parks, reserves and wildlife management areas you can travel through many parts of the country which has the feeling of moving through an immense Nature wonderland. The first – and most lasting impressions – will be of vast expanses of uninhabited wilderness stretching from horizon to horizon, the sensation of limitless space, astoundingly rich wildlife and bird viewing, night skies littered with stars and heavenly bodies of an unimaginable brilliance, and stunning sunsets of unearthly beauty.

eroo La Tau Camp is situated on the banks of the Boteti River which forms the western boundary of Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. The camp rises majestically above the dry Boteti Riverbed which stretches across the western border of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Here explore on day and night game drives with the possibility of boating on the Boteti River, depending on the water levels.

The park, populated by up to 30,000 zebra and wildebeest closely accompanied by predators. The lodge offers a raised hide above the Boteti River where guests can enjoy spectacular wildlife sightings. Having explored the area and enjoyed a spectacular wildlife phenomenon on guided day and night game drives, you can retire after dinner to a splendid fireplace overlooking the waterhole. Leroo La Tau translates as ‘lion’s paw’, but although the surrounding area features lion, zebra and wildebeest, it also boasts Chobe bushbuck, leopard, cheetah, brown- and spotted-hyena, impala, kudu, jackal, porcupine, genet and caracal, to name but a few. In addition, there is also the possibility of seeing the rare white rhinoceros. Two nights Leroo La Tau Camp. All meals and local drinks.

Leroo La Tau

Leroo La Tau is situated on the western bank of the Boteti River; the river’s eastern bank forms the boundary of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. The lodge features 12 luxurious thatched and glass fronted suites with en suite bathrooms, each one raised on a wooden platform. The main lounge and dining area, with its inviting wooden and thatch finish, offers guests the opportunity to sit back and relax at the bar while listening to the wide variety of night sounds so characteristic of the African bush. Alternatively you can lounge around the swimming pool or enjoy the panoramic river vista from the game viewing hide built into the bank of the river.

Day 3 & 4: Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta

Today after breakfast you will leave the Kalahari Semi‐desert area and drive North‐West, via Maun, into the famous Okavango Delta. The amazing foresight of Chief Moremi created one of the world’s most famous reserves, conserving part of the Okavango Delta and the plains to its east. The reserve covers more than 4871 square kilometres of pristine wilderness, and the varied terrain includes savannah, winding waterways, and thick natural mophane forest. This diversity supports an incredibly wide spectrum of wildlife, ranging from large herds of buffalo, wildebeest and zebra, to the rare sitatunga and lechwe antelope, predators abound, leopard, lion, cheetah and packs of wild dog in the open grasslands. The birdlife is prolific and includes many of the 550 bird species recorded on the Botswana national bird list. Two nights Camp Okuti. All meals and local drinks.Camp Okuti

Camp Okuti is situated in the Moremi Wildlife Reserve in the remote north‐eastern Okavango Delta. Shaded by large trees at the edge of the Xakanaxa Lagoons, the Camp is within close range of shallow flood plains, papyrus swamps and dense riverine forest. Activities include game‐drives as well as excursions by motorboat which afford the opportunity to explore the upper Delta, where, during breeding season, flocks of herons may be seen at their nesting and breeding sites. Hippos, crocodiles and other small water‐dwelling animals are abundant in these areas and are easily visible from the motorboat. In the evening, you can relax by the campfire after dinner and enjoy discussing the day’s events with your guide and other travelers.

Day 5 & 6: Khwai Concession, Okavango Delta

Moremi Game Reserve is surrounded by wildlife management areas and private concessions of the Okavango, with no boundaries between the concessions and the reserve allowing wildlife to move freely between the woodlands in the wet season when water is plentiful and back to permanent rivers and lagoons in the dry season. The Khwai area is managed by the Khwai community through the Khwai Development Trust. This area offers the same wildlife experience as the reserve itself. However, a key advantage of being in this private concession is the freedom to do walking safaris and night drives. Two nights Private Mobile Camp. All meals.

Private Mobile Camp

This private mobile camp is set up exclusively for this safari. Large tents of 4.5 m x 3m have en suite bathrooms with chemical toilet and a hot bucket shower. For those with mobility impairments, the tents have custom made supports for the toilet and shower ensuring transfers from a wheelchair are uncomplicated. In the bathroom is also a small linen closet with shelves, a mirror and containers for soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, brush, comb and all towels and amenities such as soap shampoo and insect repellent are provided. The bedrooms all have wide access to facilitate the entry with a wheelchair and the tent is very spacious to facilitate ease of travel and ensure comfort. Inside, the room is furnished with 2 beds which have also been specially designed to allow easy transfer to/from a wheelchair.

The camp is set up with a mess tent, which includes a dining table and buffet table, and a coffee station which is available all day. The table for lunch and dinner is prepared by our camp staff with porcelain plates, glasses for water and wine, and metal cutlery. The meals are prepared by brilliant bush chefs on the fire and menus include a variety of foods, including chicken, beef, pork and lamb, pasta, rice, potatoes, cooked and raw vegetables and fruits in season. Daily, our chefs prepare fresh bread and cakes.

Day 7 & 8: Savute Marsh, Chobe National Park

Early morning breakfast at your private Mobile Camp before commencing on a full day game‐drive through the Mababe Area and the Southern Part of Chobe National Park to the Savute Marsh. This drive through the wild, can take between 4 and 6 hours depending on the animal sightings and photographic opportunities on the way. A Picnic lunch will be served en route.

Historically the Savute channel has been an enigma that flowed erratically but the area is currently in a period of transition at the start of what appears to be another ‘wet cycle’. The channel began flowing again in 2009 for the first time in nearly 30 years. The Savute area offers a harsh and desert-like landscape in the dry season when the wildlife is supported by the now flowing Savute channel. This contrasts dramatically with the rainy season where the seasonal pans fill with water and the Savute Marsh and surrounds are covered with lush green vegetation that attracts an annual migration of zebra and wildebeest, as well as an abundance of birdlife.

Unlike the vast majority of the country, Savute is not a totally flat landscape: large outcrops of volcanic rock reach up out of the Kalahari sands towering over the endless savannah. These hills provide a habitat for a completely different array of small wildlife, birds and plants. The sand ridge, Goha Hills, and the dead trees on the Savute Marsh, offer some spectacular photographic opportunities. The Savute Marsh has been the stage for many of the most dramatic wildlife documentaries in Africa. The wide open country, good populations of large mammals like buffalo and elephant and particularly strong prides of lion and hyena clans make for dramatic wildlife interaction and excellent viewing opportunities. The marsh is prime cheetah country and it is not unusual to see wild dog hunting in the Savute in the wet season.

Activities focus on game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles in the Savute area including the Savute Marsh and the ancient San rock paintings at Gubatsa Hills. The dry winter months offer incredible game viewing as the parched wildlife congregates at the water holes and river to drink – here you may witness the famed elephant hunting lions in action. Please note that activities are restricted within the national park in accordance with government rules and regulations: these include no driving off-road, no walking and no driving after dark. Two nights Savute Safari Lodge. All meals, local drinks and laundry.

Savute Safari Lodge

Savute Safari Lodge peers out from ancient Camel thorn trees on the shore of the Savute channel, Botswana’s fabled ‘stolen river’ which dried out more than 20 years ago, and flows once again, in the heart of Chobe National Park. The lodge has twelve tastefully furnished twin bedded suites, with spacious interiors offering a lounge area, en suite bathrooms, private decks and large glass sliding doors and windows, which set the lodge apart from typical safari accommodation. The lounge, library and cocktail bar are situated in the thatch and timber main building overlooking the channel as well as a viewing deck, outdoor dining area and swimming pool.

Day 9 & 10: Chobe River, Chobe National Park

The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park, renowned for its reliable and diverse game viewing. Safaris are conducted both by boat and on land. This section of the park is best known for its elephant and hippo populations but the waters attract all manner of game including large herds of buffalo. The main activities are the game drives and the sunset cruises, all offering the chance of viewing elephants at close quarters. Visit the gym and beauty spa, or relax on the terrace beside the large swimming pool. Enjoy interesting slide shows, star gazing, garden and river walks as well as walking safaris in the nearby Kasane forests. Two nights Chobe Game Lodge. All meals and local drinks.

Chobe Game Lodge

Chobe Game Lodge enjoys a prime position as the only Game Lodge within the North Eastern corner of Botswana’s Chobe National Park. The unusual North African Moorish designed building is set on rolling gardens, under shady trees and directly on the edge of the Chobe River. The lobby, library and lounges are light and airy, with soft creamy fabrics, surrounded by a myriad of wide and narrow archways, barrel-vault ceilings and terracotta tiled floors. The social Tshwene Bar has full-sized Victorian pool tables and double doors open out to the Terrace Restaurant, overlooking the river. The outdoor dining boma is surrounded by reed poles and canopied by impressive Mahogany trees. Newly built is a long river front elevated deck with numerous places to sit and watch for wildlife in and along the water. The 48 rooms are furnished with hand crafted teak pieces and the walls are decorated with original African carvings and paintings. There are also 4 luxury suites, each with its own private swimming pool set on a secluded terrace overlooking the open plains. All the rooms are fully air-conditioned and have ceiling fans, complimentary stocked mini-bars and coffee and tea stations. The en suite bathrooms have shower into bath combos and all the rooms have their own private terrace or balcony facing the river.

Day 11: Depart

After the morning game viewing activity, your guide will transfer you to the local international airport at Kasane with ample time to check in and bid Botswana a very sad goodbye. Breakfast.

Please call for details on an extension to visit the mighty Victoria Falls.