Shingwedzi Are - Far Northern Region
Shingwedzi can be accessed via the Punda Maria Gate (73 km) or through the Phalaborwa Gate (137 km).
Shingwedzi Rest Camp **
On the left hand side of the camp's entrance gate is the day visitor's area, overlooking the riverbed. It is accessed over a wooden bridge, which although rickety is firm enough for easy wheelchair passage. The ground of this picnic area is both firm and flat. There are ramps into the toilets, but no accessible facilities are present.
The braai facilities are easily accessed, but like most camps there is a high step up to the washing up facility. Immediately adjacent to the day visitor area is the camp's reception, shop, cafeteria and restaurant. There is a accessible toilet and ramped slopes access everywhere. These are however steep in places.
There are also small steps into each of the buildings. The camp's accommodation is made up of two circles of huts/units and the camping site. The parking zones and open ground are over soft sand. The A-circle has four 5-bed units that have been made accessible (two beds in each unit are up stairs in the loft).
The ramps into these units are too steep and there is a low ridge into each unit. However the kitchen area and bathroom facilities are accessible. The B-Circle comprises of smaller 2-bed huts. Only one of these has a ramp but there are no accompanying accessible facilities.
There is a unisex accessible toilet and shower in the communal ablutions between the B-Circle and the camping site. All of the washing up facilities are up a step. The camp has a swimming pool, which does not have an accessible entry point, and the changing rooms have steps.
Kanniedood Dam Bird Hide
The old hide, a couple of km downstream from Shingwedzi Camp is accessed up stairs and thus not appropriate for people with mobility difficulties.
Nyawutsi Bird Hide ***
This new hide some 20km from Shingwedzi Camp on the S50 to Mopani is fully accessible. Like most hides, no ablution facilities of any kind are provided. Nearest are at Shingwedzi Camp.
Bateleur Bushveld Camp *
The reception building is up steps, but access in a wheelchair can be made by entering via the back entrance. None of the 7 chalets have accessible facilities, but there are only single steps into the units and wheelchair users can gain access in to baths in certain of the units in the ablution facilities or have a chair placed in the shower to transfer onto.
There is a remote control to operate the air-conditioning. The camp has lapa and conference facilities that are both accessible. The revamped hide is also very accessible with an access ramp and spaces between the seating benches to accommodate wheelchairs. Soft sand is an impairing factor in certain places around camp.
This lookout point has no accessible toilets and does not accommodate ease of movement for wheelchair users.
This picnic site is on flat, firm ground. The eating platform is slightly raised above ground level. There is a unisex accessible toilet.
Sirheni Bushveld Camp *
The camp has 15 chalets (ten 6-bed and five 4-bed). None have accessible facilities, but they are spacious and accessible inside. The larger units have baths that are easily accessed. The 4-bed units have baths with hand held showers, but these are more difficult to access. The camp has a communal boma that is accessed over a rough path. The camp's lookout platform is not accessible.
Punda Maria/ Pafuri Area - Far Northern Region
Punda Maria is accessed through the Punda Maria gate(9km). Pafuri can be accessed through the Punda Maria gate (62km) or through the Pafuri Gate (24km).
Punda Maria Gate *
There is a small step into reception. No accessible toilets are available.
Punda Maria Rest Camp
The camp's reception facility, restaurant and shop are accessed up a crude ramp that requires upgrading to allow for independent use. Once inside, mobility is fairly straightforward. None of the accommodation units currently have any accessible facilities, but suggested upgrading is hopefully soon to be realised.
The family cottages have bath facilities that can be accessed. The communal ablution facilities on the camp's upper level can be accessed in a wheelchair, but offer no accessible facilities. The ablutions for day visitors and campers down at the camp's lower level have been equipped with ramps that are a little on the steep side for weaker people.
There are no specific accessible facilities inside, but baths can be accessed. The lookout area and boma for camp residents can be accessed with little assistance.
This is the park's northern most picnic site. It offers visitors the opportunity to disembark amongst the rich riparian vegetation of the Levuvhu River. The ground is firm and flat and mobility is good. The archaeological display is up a small step.
There is a risk of thorns along the short pathway that leads to a big tree and earth mound. There is a steepish ramp into one of the toilet facilities, but there is little room for manoeuvrability once inside.
Thulamela Archaeological Site
This archaeological site cannot be accessed to a person in a wheelchair.
This small and little used gate has no accessible facilities.