Can a wheelchair user visit Morocco? In 2011, we asked the same question and a vision was born – accessible Morocco. Accessible Morocco. Let’s be honest – a vision is one thing but was – and is – it actually possible? How can someone in a wheelchair navigate a city that was founded 1,200 years ago? While it is a beautiful country – are all the hotels or guesthouses going to be full of inaccessible stairs? How can a wheelchair user take part in something that is quintessential Morocco like ride a camel? Are we reaching for the stars here?
Questions swirled and, frankly, more questions than answers. Seven years later and we have the answers to many of those questions. Seven years later, we are still researching some of those questions, too.
But the main question is this: Can a wheelchair user travel to Morocco?
The answer is a resounding yes!
After many successful multi-day tours, accessible equipment rentals, shore excursions, day trips, and airport transfers we proudly and emphatically say “yes – Morocco is accessible to travelers in wheelchairs, travelers with limited mobility and travelers with visual impairments”! We have had the privilege of working with many people with disabilities – of all levels – and their families to create unforgettable memories.
Here at Morocco Accessible Travel Consultants we focus on three areas of accessibility in order to create opportunities in this majestic country.
Depending on where you want to go, we can book you in riads (traditional Moroccan guesthouses) that have been adapted. It is an excellent way to encounter the local culture while maintaining accessibility. We will work together with you to see if the level of accessibility in these riads are appropriate and possible for you.
If hotels are your preference, we have search far and wide to find accessible hotels in every city that we visit. Often they offer an increased level of accessibility for those that need it. Not all hotels are accessible in Morocco – in fact many are not – but we have traveled extensively in order to assess, catalog and organize the hotels that will work specifically for your needs. We know the exact door widths, grab bar heights and properties that have shower seats of every hotel we book with to ensure that there are no surprises during your trip to Morocco.
We have also partnered with a local Sahara Desert property that has made creative solutions to adapt their deluxe tents for our clients. What once was impossible, now is possible – a night under the Sahara Desert stars!
We have partnered with several companies and drivers around Morocco in order to provide excellent accessible transport options. We have two main transportation types.
Fully Accessible Transport
Fully accessible transport gives the utmost accessibility. It provides the ability for power wheelchair users (or manual wheelchair users if desired) to be secured with the QStraint System for increased security and accessibility. Fully accessible vehicles are generally larger vehicles which is a great solution to accommodate our bigger traveling groups of four or more.
Mercedes Vito Transport
The Mercedes Vito is an excellent choice for those who can transfer to a seat from their wheelchair. We use a Roll-a-Ramp as a solution to provide accessibility while maintaining a smaller vehicle for a more intimate, close experience with your fellow travelers.
So whether you need full accessible transport or adapted transport, there is a solution for you. Every traveler with a disability fills out a mobility form that helps us to partner with you to understand and guide you to the right transport option for your time in Morocco.
Hotels and transport are the basics of any accessible travel opportunity. Without them, travel becomes very difficult – often times impossible. The final area that we focus on to take any trip to Morocco from good to EPIC are your excursions.
People define “epic” differently so we have a wide array of opportunities available to you. So if your “epic” is rolling through a 1,200 year old city – we have an adapted route for that. If your “epic” is relaxing on a beach – we have beach wheelchairs for that. If your “epic” is a trekking and exploring an ancient fortified city – we have a Joelette Trekking Wheelchair (see below) for that!
If you dream it in Morocco, we can probably find a solution for it! The reality is that we want you to see what you want to see and experience what you want to experience. We are passionate about partnering with our clients to create unforgettable experiences – whether those experiences are adventurous or creating space to unwind.
From wheelchairs and shower chairs to beach wheelchairs for ultimate relaxation, equipment rentals can be arranged that provide not only accessibility but also comfort for your time in Morocco. Sometimes traveling with your own power wheelchair is cumbersome and worrisome. Sometimes walking is possible but you need a manual wheelchair for times when you get tired. Sometimes a shower chair makes morning routines exponentially easier.
Whatever it is, there is probably a mobility equipment solution for you. Equipment rentals are an excellent way to ensure that you maintain accessibility to get the most out of your trip to Morocco.
Is Morocco Accessible?
From accessible accommodations to adapted transport and mobility equipment rental – Morocco is accessible. Will everything you encounter be ADA or EAA compliant? No – but we are working to that end. Every hotel that you will stay in has been personally verified by our accessibility experts to ensure that you have the best information available to meet your needs.
We know just as much as the next person that the word “accessibility” can mean a slew of different things, so in the coming week stay tuned because we will be unveiling our new accessibility categories that will help you understand how we assess our tours, accommodations, transport and excursions.
Check out some of the images below to see some of the accessibility features you may encounter in Morocco.