While there are few facilities for travellers with disabilities, Tanzanians are generally quite accommodating and willing to offer whatever assistance they can. Some considerations:
- A small number of lodges have wheelchair accessible rooms. But, few hotels have lifts (elevators) and many have narrow stairwells, especially in Stone Town (Zanzibar Town) on Zanzibar Island, where they are often steep and narrow. Grips or railings in the bathrooms are rare.
- Many park lodges and camps are built on ground level. However, access paths – in an attempt to maintain a natural environment – are sometimes rough or rocky, and rooms or tents raised. Enquire about access before booking.
- As far as we know, there are no Braille signboards at any parks or museums, nor any facilities for deaf travellers.
- Minibuses are widely available on Zanzibar Island and on the mainland, and can be chartered for transport and for customised safaris. Large or wide-door vehicles can also be arranged through car-rental agencies in Dar es Salaam and with Arusha-based tour operators. Taxis countrywide are usually small sedans, and buses are not wheelchair equipped.
Download Lonely Planet's free Accessible Travel guides from http://lptravel.to/AccessibleTravel. Other contacts:
Access-Able Travel (www.access-able.com.au)
Accessible Journeys (www.disabilitytravel.com)
Disability Horizons (www.disabilityhorizons.com)
Mobility International (www.miusa.org)
National Information Communication Awareness Network (www.nican.com.au)
Safari Guide Africa (www.safariguideafrica.com/safaris-for-the-disabled)
Tourism for All (www.tourismforall.org.uk)