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Prison Island Tour

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Trip at a Glance

  • Company

    Experience Zanzibar Tours & Safaris

  • Locations

    Zanzibar, Tanzania

  • Activities

    Adventure, Island Tour, Nature, Snorkeling

  • Price
    $50 USD per person
  • Duration

    4 hours

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    As arranged

  • Starting Location

    Stone Town, Zanzibar

  • Price Includes

    A boat ride, entrance fees and snorkeling equipment.

  • Notes

    The above prices are from Stone town hotels for a half day trip, contact us for the prices from any beach hotel or if you want to make it a full day.

Highlights

  • The island lies just off the Old Stone Town, it is also a home to giant land tortoises that were imported from Seychelles in the late 19th century
  • Once on the island, you have the opportunity to feed and pet the tortoises
  • Keep your eyes peeled too for the shy and elusive Duikers – an unusual tiny antelope species.

Trip Info

Earning its name as a former prison for slaves and a quarantine station for Zanzibar and the mainland, nowadays the island gives you the chance to escape for some peace and quiet.

The island lies just off the Old Stone Town, it is also a home to giant land tortoises that were imported from Seychelles in the late 19th century. Now it is more commonly known as a home of Zanzibar’s Giant Aldabran Tortoise colony, some of which are over a hundred years old! This endangered species came to Zanzibar as a gift from the government of the Seychelles.

Once on the island, you have the opportunity to feed and pet the tortoises, if you have time you may also like to take a stroll through the forested interior where you will see a wide variety of birds, colorful peacocks, bats, and beautiful butterflies. Keep your eyes peeled too for the shy and elusive Duikers – an unusual tiny antelope species.

It is fringed with a beautiful coral reef, ideal for snorkeling, and has a lovely white beach for sunbathing. This tour is a great way to see some history and wildlife, and also to see Stone Town from the sea as many old maritime legends would have done.

Let Experience Zanzibar Tours & Safaris help you plan your next memorable experience.

Experience Zanzibar Tours & Safaris

We are a Tour and Travel company based in ZANZIBAR, TANZANIA offering quality travel to the following high profile destinations in Zanzibar and Tanzania:

TANZANIA SAFARIS Northern Circuit: Arusha N Park, Kilimanjaro N Park,L/Manyara N Park, Tarangire N Park, Serengeti N Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, L/Eyasi & L/Narton.

Southern Circuit: Mikumi N Park, Ruaha N Park, Udzungwa N Park, Selous N Park, Saadani N Park Western Circuit: Gombe Stream N Park, Mahale Mountains N Park, Katavi N Park, Rubondo National park.

Reviews

  1. 5 out of 5

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    Fantastic Trip!!!

    Everything was fabulous….no complaints at all. A magnificent experience

  2. 5 out of 5

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    We had this amazing trip to the prison island. Experience Zanzibar tours and safaris helped us organize it.It was my first time to travel with a boat to an Island we saw the giant tortoise and fed them.It was really fun I would love to come back again.

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