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Worth traveling to Zanzibar with senior citizens?

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Worth traveling to Zanzibar with senior citizens?

Hi, I was planning to travel to Serengeti and Zanzibar in November 2013. My mother has severe arthritis in her knees and her mobility is limited. My father and I don't swim (or snorkel for that matter). Is Zanzibar worth including in our itinerary?

I was thinking of covering the Stone Town, isola Nakupenda Beaches, spice tour and marine parks.

But from some reviews on Tripadvisor, I learnt that the maintenance of the buildings in Stone Town is poor. Mid-range (price) hotels have poor service and facilities; bed bugs and roaches in some cases :(. Luxury hotels are beyond my budget. Any words of wisdom on this?

Stanley, Falkland...
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1. Re: Worth traveling to Zanzibar with senior citizens?

Many Stone Town hotels have steep staircases - make sure you insist on one with a lift or ground floor room, for your mother.

Or stay at a beach resort near ST and take a taxi in when you want to look round.

Swimming isn't compulsory and Zanzibar has lots of historical, cultural and animal interest, besides beaches.

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2. Re: Worth traveling to Zanzibar with senior citizens?

Besides the very steep steps in many of the hotels in Stone Town, the streets here are uneven and rather dirty. This area (the entire island for that matter) is tropical weatherwise - hot/humid. Most who visit here do so, if time allows, as an 'extension' to safari, so isn't 'a must' unless the history is of interest or spending days on a beach are what they're seeking.

If you do decide to visit and as mentioned above, look for a ST hotel with a lift or room on 1st floor and a/c if you can afford, though most all have ceiling fans. And, seriously consider taxis with a/c to get about, though some areas within ST cannot be reached by vehicle... feet only will get you about.

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3. Re: Worth traveling to Zanzibar with senior citizens?

If a lift, make sure it is a functioning lift, but the power often goes out which would make any lift useless. I would keep it to the main floor for bedrooms.

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That really helps clarify things! Thanks!

Lusaka, Zambia
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5. Re: Worth traveling to Zanzibar with senior citizens?

To add to the above, AFAIK the only hotel in Stone Town that has an elevator (at least, that I can think of off-hand) is the Zanzibar Grand Palace. But as posted above, even without power cuts, it is advisable to check first that it is in working order.

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7. Re: Worth traveling to Zanzibar with senior citizens?

If you do not want to do any water type activities but have a nice stay on the beach maybe consider Kilima Kidogo at Paje. It is a small quiet B&B literally on the beach from where you can organise all the spice tours and drives you would like. I stayed there in June and I do no water sports but enjoyed sitting on the beach, in the shade of the restaurant and my son used the pool to cool off.

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