Lagos is the most populous in Nigeria and the most populous on the African continent. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the world and one of the most populous urban agglomerations. Lagos, the capital of Nigeria since its amalgamation in 1914, went on to become the capital of Lagos State after its creation. This unofficial figures put the population of “Greater Metropolitan Lagos”, which includes Lagos and its surrounding metro area, extending as far as into Ogun State, at approximately 21 million. To the north, Lagos Island is home to the National Museum Lagos, displaying cultural artifacts and craftworks. Nearby is Freedom Park, once a colonial-era prison and now a major venue for concerts and public events. Lagos wheelchair access is poor by international first world standards.
Casablanca, located in the central-western part of Morocco and bordering the Atlantic Ocean, is the largest city in Morocco. It is one of the largest and most important cities in Africa and the Middle-East, both economically and demographically. Casablanca is Morocco’s chief port and one of the largest financial centers on the continent. The city has a population of about 3.5 million in the urban area and over 7 million in the Casablanca-Settat region. Casablanca is considered the economic and business center of Morocco. The Port of Casablanca is one of the largest artificial ports in the world and the second largest port of North Africa. Casablanca also hosts the primary naval base for the Royal Moroccan Navy. Casablanca wheelchair access is of a low standard and disability travel presents many challenges.
Durban is the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. The third most populous city in South Africa, Durban is located on the east coast of South Africa. One of the major centres of tourism, with a warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches, Durban forms part of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, which includes neighboring towns and has a population of about 3.44 million, making the combined municipality one of the biggest cities on the Indian Ocean coast of the Africa continent. Durban is located on the East coast of South Africa, looking out upon the Indian Ocean. The city lies at the mouth of the Umgeni River, which demarcates parts of Durban’s north city limit, while other sections of the river flow through the city itself. Durban has a natural harbour, Durban Harbour, which is the busiest port in South Africa and is the 4th-busiest in the Southern hemisphere. It is also the second most important manufacturing hub in South Africa after Johannesburg. Durban wheelchair access is average, but improving all the time.
Nairobi is the capital and the largest city of Kenya. The name comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nairobi, which translates to “cool water”, a reference to the Nairobi River which flows through the city. The city proper had a population of approximately 5 Million. Nairobi was founded in 1899 by the colonial authorities in British East Africa, as a rail depot on the Uganda Railway. The town quickly grew to replace Machakos as the capital of Kenya in 1907. After independence in 1963, Nairobi became the capital of the Republic of Kenya. Nairobi wheelchair access remains poor. Kenya is not a wealthy country, so disability travel is not as easy as it is in many first world nations that have much stronger standards requiring wheelchair access in new buildings.
Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa and one of the 50 largest urban areas in the world. It is the provincial capital and largest city of Gauteng, which is the wealthiest province in South Africa. The city is located in the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills and is the centre of large-scale gold and diamond trade. The population of Johannesburg is approximately 5 Million, making it the most populous city in South Africa. The city was established in 1886 following the discovery of gold on what had been a farm. Johannesburg wheelchair access is patchy, good in some areas and non-existent in others.
For a people with a disabilities there is no greater frustration than finding a lack of wheelchair access to world cities. For example, you can’t get from the airport to the train terminal or you find that there is no elevator in a major attraction. Our mission is to find out about wheelchair access in 99 of the world’s major cities and get that information to you. We want to make disability travel more accessible or at least make you more informed. Please enjoy our introduction to wheelchair access to world cities. These cities are grouped below by country or region: