Cape Town - Post Report Question and Answers

Would someone with physical disabilities have difficulties living in this city?

Maybe a little bit. - Aug 2021

I imagine it would be easier than most African cities and harder than many US cities - I rarely see specific accommodations being made. - Feb 2018

Probably some. Accommodations are more widely available here than probably most cities in sub-Saharan Africa. Still, the outdoor focus of many Cape Town activities are likely to be more difficult for people with physical disabilities. The lack of safe, reliable public transportation means that if you have disabilities that prevent you from driving, you're likely to have a tough time. - Oct 2017

Yes and no. South Africa's constitution guarantees equal access for the disabled so most museums and government buildings have access built in. Other places are less convenient but South Africans are at least cognizant of the need. - May 2014

Cape Town is surprisingly friendly. In the city itself, there are sidewalks and "cuts" in good repair. While many of the smaller venues in older buildings may present some difficulties, Cape Town is well aware of the power of the tourist dollar and has made great strides in improving accessibility at all major tourist sites. Grocery stores, malls, etc will easily accommodate wheelchairs. Parking a wheelchair-accessible van may prove challenging, as most partking spots are on the smaller side. - Aug 2013

Again, Cape Town is (along with Joburg) the most developed city in Africa, so while there is no equivilent to the ADA, one with physical disabilities would be better off here than anywhere else on the continent. - Oct 2007

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