Auto doctor hoedspruit: Information for the Disabled Traveller visiting Kruger Park

The same applies to an internal ramp. No adapted accessible toilets are present, although a wheelchair user can access the ablutions with little difficulty. Nursery Access around the nursery is difficult, as many of the aisles are too narrow for passage in a wheelchair. There are no accessible features present. Lake Panic Bird Hide * The hide is badly designed in terms of accessibility for a wheelchair user. There is a gum pole at the hide’s entrance (to reduce erosion) that is difficult to negotiate. The ensuing path to the hide is good at first but then descends down a steep slope and erosion has made the path rough. Once inside however the viewing slot is at an appropriate height and a bench has been removed to allow access to this slot. Stevenson Hamilton Memorial This is a get-out point with a path to a memorial plaque. The path passes over and between boulders and is not accessible to a person in a wheelchair. Nkuhlu * Nkuhlu is a picnic site where a ramp has been specially constructed to allow wheelchair users the opportunity to descend from the parking lot down to the pathway adjacent the river’s edge. Kruger Tablets This is a get-out point where a memorial plaque has been embedded in rock. Reaching the plaque in a wheelchair requires assistance and such visitors are better off reading the plaque through binoculars. Satara Area – Central Region The Satara/Orpen Area is accessed through the Orpen Gate where the camp of the same name is situated. Satara Rest Camp *** Satara is the Park’s second largest Rest Camp. It is 48km from Orpen Gate. There are 6 bungalows in the Rest Camp with accessible facilities. The ablutions have a shower facility. The guest cottages have ramps and bathrooms (with baths) that are spacious but contain no specific adapted facilities. This Rest Camp is situated over flat terrain and access is made easy by the paved roads that lead around all the accommodation units. Access into and inside the camp’s restaurant, reception and shop is easily achieved. The communal washing-up facilities are on a raised level that requires assistance to be accessed. There is an accessible toilet with shower in the camping site. Orpen Rest Camp and Gate * Orpen has no accessible facilities. There is a ramp into the reception and shop area. The camp is situated on level terrain. The communal toilets have ramps but otherwise are not suitable. Three of the six-bedded chalets are however easily accessed. Maroela Camping Site 4km from Orpen, there are no accessible facilities available at this campsite. Tamboti Tent Camp *** 5km from Orpen, Tamboti is a beautiful camp situated on the banks of the Timbavati River. Although the camp is a basic one, the camp is very accessible. There are three accessible units each with a ramped entrance. One 2-bed and one 4-bed communal tents and one 3-bed equipped tent (2 beds and a sleeper couch) is available. The nearby ablution facilities and washing-up facilities are communal, and include a separate accessible ablution block with roll-in shower and toilet with assisting grab rails. Rabelais Hut * >7km from Orpen, the hut is a museum display. It is of old design with a narrow entrance door and small step. However once inside the floor is flat and a wheelchair user can approach all the photographic displays. Bobejaan’s Krans * Midway between Orpen and Satara, this is a lookout point over the Timbavati River. It is an area of relatively smooth levelled ground where visitors may alight from their vehicles to admire the view and scan for animals. N’wanetsi Lookout and Picnic Site ** The park’s honorary rangers have done an excellent job in making this difficult site accessible to the physically impaired. Access to the toilets, the eating and cooking areas has been facilitated by the placement of brick paving. Access to the washing-up area is still required. The marvellous lookout hide has also been made accessible through paving of the pathway. The path however is extremely steep and assistance is required. Sweni Bird Hide ** Very close to N’wanetsi this hide has been recently constructed. The entrance gate is kept closed by a strong recoiling spring. This is to prevent entry by wild animals, and makes unassisted entry and exit in a wheelchair difficult. The path to the hide is down a moderate slope and the surface is a gravel one. Some wheelchair users may require assistance. Once inside, there are fixed benches for visitors to use. There is however sufficient space between benches for wheelchair users to effectively access the viewing slot. Nearest ablutions are at the N’wanetsi Picnic Site a couple of km away. Tshokwane Picnic Site ** 50km from Satara/ 43km from Skukuza/ 44km from Lower Sabie, the site is on a level surface although soft sand impairs free movement in places. The kiosk is accessible. There are 2 toilet blocks. Visitors with disabilities should note that there is an accessible toilet only at the block on the left-hand side of the parking. Eileen Orpen Dam * 4km from Tshokwane, the Orpen Dam has a viewing hide on the hillside overlooking the dam. The paving of the path, which is down a fairly steep gradient, has facilitated access to the hide. Some wheelchair users may require assistance. The toilets are not accessible. Nhlanguleni * 59km from Satara/ 27km from Tshokwane, Nhlanguleni is a small and rustic picnic site on a relatively smooth and flat surface. The cooking and eating facilities are accessible, but the toilets are not. Talamati Bushveld Camp * 28km from Orpen, the camp is on a level surface that is easily negotiated in a wheelchair. There is however a risk of thorns and soft sand is present in places. There is a mobile ramp that can be moved to facilitate access to any of the camp’s 15 chalets. While none of these units contain accessible facilities to visitors with disabilities, they are nonetheless relatively user friendly, with accessible toilets and baths. The camp has 2 viewing hides, both of which are accessed up ladders. Muzandzeni * Situated 33km from Satara, this is another small and rustic picnic site on a relatively smooth and flat surface. The cooking and eating facilities are accessible, but the toilets are not. Timbavati Picnic Site *** 25km from Satara/46km from Olifants is this delightful little picnic site overlooking the Timbavati River. The eating and cooking facilities are on a relatively smooth and level surface. Access to the toilets and washing-up facilities has been facilitated by the placement of brick pathways. The toilets have the necessary adaptations and although the slope may be steep for some wheelchair users, they are easily accessible. Ratel Pan Hide (Piet Grobler Dam) *** About 5km north of the Timbavati Picnic Site on the Piet Grobler Dam, this hide was completed in July 1999. Access and space inside is good. The protective spring in the gate is strong to keep out animals and may require assistance from a companion to open. Like most hides, no ablution facilities are provided. However there are accessible toilets at the nearby (4km Timbavati Picnic Site). Roodewal Private Camp * This quaint little camp is situated 33km from Olifants. No accessible facilities exist, but the camp is on a flat firm surface and toilets and baths can be accessed. The showers however are not accessible to wheelchair users. Movement around the camp is easily achieved, although there is a high risk of thorns. The camp’s vista lookout point is up a couple of steps, but once a wheelchair has been lifted up, the platform is level. Balule Private Camp and Camping Site 10km from Olifants, no accessible facilities occur in either the private or the camping section. Olifants/Letaba Area – Northern Region Phalaborwa Gate *