The concept of choosytravellers.com website started some time ago.
Without my realizing that a plan was hatching in my subconscious because of unsatisfactory stays and bookings at different establishments.
I could have accepted the mishaps as every day happenings, and moved on … but then I would not have created the mindset of establishments considering employment of disabled staff.
Initially I got my Travel agent to do my bookings.
Then PA took over and finally I undertook to do it myself. I at last realized that I had unique traveller accommodation needs like WIFI, a desk and good lighting facilities to do my work in the evening.
I started to enjoy the flexibility that I afforded myself on my trips.
Started experimenting with staying on farms as opposed to in town and was pleasantly surprised. My unique traveller accommodation needs then extended to include the facility of “dinner on demand” and was pleasantly introduced to home-cooked meals on offer.
I was even asked once if I had any favourites when suggested “Babotie” and was duly spoilt.
Especially birds, and birding became one of my unique traveller accommodation needs wherever possible.
I have managed to visit all of the large SAN Parks game reserves (and Pilansberg) and some others in Africa. We are truly blessed by our game and parks. I must confess to having to get my annual fix by visiting a park and taking some pics to share.
Here I found a huge problem and that was that the Online Travel Agents (OTA’s) I used did not display contact details of establishments on their pages. I wasted valuable time searching and finding the details and often had to take pot luck without WIFI and A Desk!
Seeing there are are approximately 4 million people with disabilities in South Africa, this makes up about 5,03% of the population. Operating computers and laptops is a skill that disabled people learn from an early age.
It is ability that matters, not the disability
I have tried to search for this combination of these unique disabled traveller accommodation needs or as close as possible to them and regret to say that search engines and other Online Travel agents (OTA’s) can’t help.
Choosytravellers.com gives me the answer immediately of those establishments listed on the choosytravellers.com website.
I will pursue my dream to persuade establishments to provide and become “Certified Disabled Access Accommodation” so there is one in every town in South Africa.
Choosytravellers.com, a local organisation, will take up this challenge and work to this end to increase the Universal Accessibility Tourism and employment of disabled citizens.
Create Accessible Establishment Facilities and employment of disabled staff becomes a possibility
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