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Old 09-22-2018, 07:33 PM   #1
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Room request for AKL

I was looking at the room request feature on touring plans and was trying to figure out the best room to request. It will be DH, my mom, and I in a savanna View room. Mom will be spending most afternoons resting in the room so I want to make sure I request a “good” room/savanna. Where have stayed that you would recommend? Oh and close to transportation and food would be preferred. TIA!
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We liked Arusha Savana, Zebra trail. Zebra trail is on the same side as the restaurants and pool. Just an elevator ride down. You can request to be close to an elevator. The rooms close to transportation would be standard view looking out at parking lot.
If your mom has mobility problems maybe think about renting a scooter or electric wheelchair from an off site company?
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