Details of Zanzibar Prison island tour

After a pickup at your hotel, you’ll start this memorable day with a good-half-an-hour boat trip to Prison Island, also known as Changuu island or Quarantine island, located in the Zanzibar Archipelago.

In 1893 the former British prime minister of Zanzibar purchased the island and built a prison complex on it. But – it never served to its intended use! It was used as a quarantine station for yellow fever cases.

Today is the building a ruin, but it serves as a lovely guesthouse for tourists, where you’ll be able to relax a bit and enjoy magnificent views after visiting the giant tortoises’ reserve, where you will admire, pet, and even feed these magnificent, ancient, peaceful creatures. But – they are not locals! Four specimens of Aldabra giant tortoises were a gift from the governor of Seychelles in 1919.

They found Prison Island a great environment and bred freely. Today, many tortoises are welcoming you, and the first settlers are still among them! There is also a nursery for baby tortoises, where you can see baby tortoises of different ages. A great encounter for everyone, especially for kids!

Round up this great day with some snorkeling around the coral reefs, admire colorful fish, many beautiful starfish, and picturesque seashells., or simply relax on the white sandy beach. Upon your return admire the breathtaking view of Stone Town, the bay, and the archipelago.

 

This tour includes:

· Guided half-day trip (morning or afternoon 3 to 4 hours), private for your group

· Local experienced English-speaking guide, other languages on request, if available

· Transportation: from any hotel in Zanzibar

· Admission to Changuu –  Prison island

· Snorkeling equipment

 

You will need:

· Swimsuit and towel

 

Our advice:

· Suitable for all ages and fitness level, great for children of all ages

· It is easy to combine with other activities

· Don’t forget to make a small donation for the giant tortoises’ reserve

ruud b
ruud b
2024-01-23
An amazing day The people are amazing. It was our daughter birthday, and they made it very special day! The food was very good, we saw a lot of things. The hole boat was singing and klapping.
Reginald A
Reginald A
2023-10-03
Excellent tour company Our Guide was a honest and very friendly guide. He could show us all the places in the village and answer all our questions. Would definitively recommend him!
Mark M
Mark M
2023-09-25
Excellent experience Me and my family had a wonderful experience with Zan Voyage team during our trip to Zanzibar. Always on time with excellent service. I will certainly indicate them to our friends and families. Congratulations! All the best to Mr Abdul and to his brothers Moran Family
Donna
Donna
2023-09-12
Great guide for Zanzibar This company provided me with all my transports need to visit sites in Zanzibar, including the Jozani game reserve, stone town and prison Island. The young woman who was my guide for Stonetown had amazing knowledge of the local history and was very personable to spend the day with. This is a good company that cares about its reputation.
Raphael G
Raphael G
2023-09-11
Excellent Service, communication and people were fantastic. Would recommend 100% for all kind of activities.
Pendo S
Pendo S
2023-08-03
Great tour company and recommended Great Tours organiser! July 2023 • friends I highly recommend tour company and his crew! Guys are really helpful and well prepared, you can learn a lot about Zanzibar culture and people and spend some great time, even learn some suahili if you want
Pirminmaria
Pirminmaria
2023-07-22
Amazing Tour & Trips Abdul is an amazing guy, very kind with us and the kids. The trip and tour that he propose are very interesting and for a good price. Always at time to pick up us to the excursion! He knows all about Zanzibar ! It was a great pleasure to make those different trips with him. Take care Abdul 💪 and stay Hakuna Matata 😉
Chiang R
Chiang R
2023-01-25
Was the best all the time Zan Voyage tours & Safari is the most wonderful Tour company in Zanzibar, they offer excursions like no other company can do. Mr. Abdul is competent and charming driver who can give you any detail that you will need for Zanzibar Holidays. For those who wants to be in Zanzibar for the Beach Holidays please just book with Zan Voyage Tours & Safari. You will not regret & recommended
Asma M
Asma M
2022-12-08
Affordable price and professional drivers They have affordable price and professional drivers, I recommend this tour company for your Zanzibar holiday
BRIMO30
BRIMO30
2022-10-13
Combiné safaris de 5 jours, Tarengire, Serengeti, Ngorogoro, et 7 jours à Zanzibar. Voyage extraordinaire, organisation au top pour notre combiné safaris de 5 jours en Tanzanie et séjour de 7 jours à Zanzibar. Accueil à notre arrivée, présent pour notre départ et tous les transferts à l'heure exacte . Le personnel est très professionnel, gentillesse et sourires sont au rendez-vous. Le guide francophone pendant notre safari était génial, les lodges super, la nourriture excellente. Très bon choix pour l'hôtel proposé sur la très belle plage de Jambiani à Zanzibar, l'agence nous à organisé une visite de Stone Town, et journée snorkeling très sympa. Merci à tous de nous avoir fait passé un séjour inoubliable.