Prison Island Tour (Zanzibar) - Day Tour

Prison Island Tour Zanzibar

Prison Island also known as the Changuu Island lies about 30 minutes by boat from the Zanzibar Island. The prison thereon was never used to house prisoners. The Prison Island Tour (Zanzibar) will take you there.

The island was once used by an Arab slave trader to contain the more troublesome slaves he had brought from the African mainland to prevent their escape before shipping them to the Arabian purchasers, or for auctioning in Zanzibar slave trade market. The slaves were dumped on the island.

ITINERARY BASICS: PRISON ISLAND TOUR ZANZIBAR
Schedule: 09:00 - 12:00 or 13:30 - 16:30 (time flexible)
Begins: Seafront, Stone Town
Ends: Seafront, Stone Town
Popular for: The prison and the giant tortoises

The Activities

 

Visit Lloyd Mathew's Architecture

In 1893, Lloyd Mathews built the prison. The prison idea was to send violent criminals from the Tanganyika mainland to the Prison Island. The Prison Island ended up being used as a quarantine center, instead of a prison, for yellow fever epidemics that once raged through the region. Prison Island remained in the ownership of the government which converted the newer quarantine buildings into a guest house. 

See The Giant Tortoises

The old prison still remains standing, providing shelter for some of the giant tortoises which can now only be found on this island, and the cells.

Snorkeling

After the tour there's a snorkeling option for those who'd like to get wet. All part of the budget by default.

Prison Island Tour Zanzibar - The prison.

Rates for Prison Island Tour Zanzibar

 
STANDARD
ALL INCLUSIVE

Costs p/p (Children/Groups of 5+/Tanzanians pay 75%)

USD
35
USD
50
Cost Inclusions    
Island entrance fee
Yes
Yes
Snorkeling gear (life jacket, mask & flippers)
Yes
Yes
Boat charter
Yes
Yes
Waiting charge (by driver)
Yes
Yes
1L bottle of mineral water
Yes
Yes
Luggage security
Yes
Yes
Lunch
-No-
Yes
Tour guide
Yes
Yes
All taxes
Yes
Yes
(!!) Transport would be charged separately depending on your pickup/drop off location

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