South African Tourism Certification: Fundi

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Travel agents are a resourceful lot. It's their job to be geographers, bargain-hunters, problem-solvers, diplomats -- and insatiably curious!

After posing the question to myself this morning about the accessibility of tourism in South Africa I began an online researching path that led me to the South African Fundi certification on the country.

The online training available for travel agents is well done and engaging. I certainly learned many things I had not known before.

They say that the sure way to knowledge is to ask the right questions. As a traveler with a mobility I impairment writing for others who have disabilities - and for those who supply them with travel options - the course leaves me with many new questions:

The safari Big Five consists of lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, and Cape Buffalo. Can people with disabilities ride domesticated elephants in South Africa as in Thailand?

Nelson Mandela was held for years in the prison on Robben Island. Are the ferries to the island wheelchair accessible?

One of South Africa's Blue Flag beaches is Camps Bay Beach. It is know for its accessibility to people with disabilities. Do they have beach wheelchairs for hire or loan?

Dullstrom on Highlands Meander is an excellent spot for fly fishing. Do the outfitters and hotels accommodate fly fishermen with disabilities?

The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Capetown is home to a marina, restaurants, and hotels that are highly popular tourist destinations. Are the yacht docks and marina accessible if someone using a power wheelchair sails in?

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