Although the Middle East sits on the Asian continent, it is more akin to its neighbor to the west – Africa. And, while Asia is a continent of great diversity, it is not nearly as diverse as Africa.

Africa is often assumed by westerners to be a desert wasteland, but that is an incorrect assumption. The hottest temperature ever recorded was actually measured in the U.S. state of California. Africa’s diversity is found not only in its people and cultures, but also in its climate. While it does get hot in North and Central Africa, the average June temperature in Cape Town, South Africa is 13°C (55°F). Chilly, right?

Use these destination guides to plan and prepare for a wheelchair accessible vacation in Africa or the Middle East. Each guide is filled with information gained from my personal experience traveling across the continent (and region) with a wheelchair. Gawk at the Pyramids of Giza. Take an elevator to the top of the world’s tallest building. Visit Robben Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in South Africa. You can do all this and more, from the seat of your wheelchair!

Cairo, Egypt Wheelchair Accessible Travel Guide

Cairo, Egypt

The Great Pyramids of Giza are only one aspect of the 4,500 years of history on display in the Egyptian capital.

Cape Town Wheelchair Accessible Travel Guide

Cape Town, South Africa

Multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites, breathtaking natural beauty and a compelling history that will consume you.

Dubai Wheelchair Accessible Travel Guide

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, dominates the most impressive skyline in the Middle East.

Wheelchair Accessible Kenya Safari Guide

Kenya (Safari)

Explore East Africa and come face-to-face with lions, leopards and elephants on safari in the Masai Mara.