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Prison Island & Spice Farm Tour

(3 Reviews)
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  • From North part of Island
  • From Central part of Island (Stone Town)
  • From South-East part of Island

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Prison Island and Spice Farm Combo Tour, Zanzibar – A Fusion of History, Nature, and Flavors

Join us at tours-zanzibar.com for a uniquely curated tour that combines the intriguing history of Prison Island with the sensory delight of a Zanzibar Spice Farm. Our Prison Island and Spice Farm Combo Tour takes you on an enchanting journey that unfurls the rich tapestry of Zanzibar’s past while indulging your senses in the tropical fragrances and flavors the island is renowned for.

Prison Island – A Brush with History and Nature

Your journey begins with the historic Prison Island, also known as Changuu Island, named after its original purpose as a prison for rebellious enslaved people in the 1860s. However, it was never used as such and instead functioned as a quarantine station for yellow fever cases. You’ll hear these stories and more as you explore the island’s old quarantine station and the charming coral rag prison that still stands as a testament to the island’s past.

But Prison Island isn’t just about history. The island is also a sanctuary for the gentle giants of the Aldabra species – the Giant Tortoises. Introduced from Seychelles in the late 19th century, these magnificent creatures are now under conservation due to their dwindling numbers. You will have the rare opportunity to feed and interact with these friendly tortoises.

Prison Island is also known for its pristine white sandy beaches and the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Don’t forget your swimsuits; you’ll have time to dive into the azure waters, soak up the sun on the beach, or explore the vibrant marine life with some snorkeling.

Zanzibar Spice Farm – A Carnival of Flavors and Aromas

As we say goodbye to Prison Island, we set sail back to Zanzibar to continue our adventure. Prepare your senses as we whisk you to the famous Zanzibar Spice Farm. Zanzibar, known as the Spice Island, was an essential stop on the Spice Route, with traders from far and comprehensive searching for cloves, nutmeg, ginger, peppers, and countless other spices.

You’ll be enveloped by the aromatic allure of the spice farm as our guides take you on a sensory journey. Discover the secret behind the island’s moniker as you explore plantations of vanilla, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and many more. Our knowledgeable guides will show you how these spices grow, their traditional uses, and their significance in Zanzibari cuisine. You can touch, smell, and taste spices and tropical fruits. Don’t miss out on the freshly picked samples!

The highlight of the spice tour is the traditional Swahili lunch, featuring the spices and fruits you’ve seen on the farm. It’s a delightful explosion of flavors that’ll leave you craving more!

An Unforgettable Experience

Whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover, a foodie, or a beach bum, the Prison Island and Spice Farm Combo Tour has something for everyone. This journey of discovery and sensory delight is more than just a tour – it’s a Zanzibari experience that will leave a lasting impression.

Join us at tours-zanzibar.com and allow us to share with you the soul of Zanzibar, a land that effortlessly marries history with natural beauty and tradition with sensory pleasure. From the solemn history etched in the coral rag walls of Prison Island to the vibrant hues and scents of the Spice Farm, this tour is a tribute to the island’s past, present, and future.

So, don’t wait! Immerse yourself in the unique cultural tapestry of Zanzibar and create memories that will linger long after the tour concludes. Book the Prison Island and Spice Farm Combo Tour today, and let us guide you on an unforgettable journey through the heart of Zanzibar.

Notice: Depending on specific conditions or at your request, the order of these tours may change.

Departure & Return Location

Рiсk uр frоm thе hоtеl оf yоur stаy in Zаnzibаr, drive you to the dock where for a short, scenic boat ride.

Tour Duration

6-7 hours (approx.)

Price Includes

  • Transfer from hotel to location and back to your hotel
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Traditional dhow boat ride
  • Prison Island Park fees
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Spice farm fee entrance
  • All government fees

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses
  • Lunch
What to Expect

The Prison Island and Spice Farm Combo Tour in Zanzibar is a remarkable journey through history and culture. Your adventure starts at Prison Island, or Changuu Island, a 5.6 km offshore destination famous for its Aldabra giant tortoises and historic ruins. You’ll learn about the island’s past as a quarantine station while getting a chance to interact with tortoises over a century old. The island also offers excellent opportunities for snorkeling, with its clear waters teeming with marine life.

The next part of your tour is a trip to Zanzibar’s Spice Farm, where you’ll dive into the island’s rich spice trade history. As you walk through the lush plantation, your senses will be thrilled by the sight, smell, and taste of various spices and fruits, including cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon. You’ll learn about their cultivation, uses, and significance in local cuisine, possibly even witnessing a cooking demonstration.

This combo tour usually includes transportation and is accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide. It’s an unforgettable experience that combines education, exploration, and relaxation. Don’t forget to bring a camera, sunscreen, and a love for adventure!

Tour Highlights!
  • Prison Island Exploration
  • Giant Tortoise Encounter
  • Spice Farm Visit
  • Plantation Walk
  • Spice and Fruit Tasting
  • Spice Souvenirs

Here is a proposed itinerary for your day tour to Prison Island and Spice Farm in Zanzibar. Please note that this is a rough estimate, and the actual times may vary depending on weather, road conditions, and individual tour pace.

Notice: Depending on certain conditions or at your request, the order of these tours may change.

8:00 AM (Usually, depends where you stay):Hotel Pick-Up

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel. Make sure to bring your sunblock, hat, sunglasses, and a bottle of water. Don’t forget your camera!

8:30 AM:Boat Ride to Prison Island

Enjoy a boat ride from Stone Town to Prison Island, also known as Changuu Island. On the way, you’ll see the beautiful coastline of Zanzibar. Upon arrival, explore the historical island, home to the Aldabra giant tortoise sanctuary.

10:30 - 11:30 AM: Prison Island Exploration

Spend an hour exploring the island, learning about its history as a prison for rebellious slaves in the 1860s and a quarantine station for yellow fever cases during colonial times. Get up close with the Aldabra giant tortoises. Some of them are over 100 years old!

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Return Boat Ride to Stone Town

Enjoy the boat ride back to Stone Town. Capture some great photos of the Zanzibar coastline and prepare for the next leg of your tour.

12:00 - 1:00 PM: Travel to Spice Farm

Your guide will take you to a local spice farm. Here, you will have the chance to experience a different side of Zanzibar, far removed from the beaches and hotels.

1:00 - 2:00 PM: Lunch at Spice Farm (Additional Cost)

Enjoy a local meal at the Spice Farm. The lunch typically features dishes made with spices grown on the farm. This is an excellent opportunity to taste the unique flavors of Zanzibar. (Check the additional services at the end of the tour booking)

2:00 - 3:30 PM: Spice Farm Tour

After lunch, you’ll be taken on a guided tour around the spice farm. Discover how spices are grown and harvested, and learn about their uses in local cuisine and medicine. You will get to see, touch, and taste a variety of spices such as clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and many others.

3:30 - 4:00 PM: Souvenir Shopping

The Spice Farm also offers a variety of spice-based products, such as soaps, lotions, and cooking spices. You might want to pick up a few souvenirs to remember your trip.

4:00 - 5:00 PM: Return to Hotel

At the end of the tour, you will be transported back to your hotel, with memories of a day full of history, culture, and nature.

Please make sure to check with the tour company for the exact schedule and offerings, as they can vary.

1:30 PMBack to Hotel

 We will drive towards your hotel.

Please note: The itinerary might be slightly adjusted depending on weather conditions and logistics, but we guarantee that all mentioned activities will be covered. Depending on certain conditions or at your request, the order of these tours may change.


Рriсеs & Аvаilаbility

The total price consists of two parts: the Booking Deposit that you pay at the time of booking and the Remaining Balance that you pay in cash directly to the guide on the day of the Tour/Activity. Please specify all the details and choose the desired date in the booking box on the right-hand side to check the exact pricing and availability.


Вооking Dероsit & Rеmаining Ваlаnсе:

To confirm your booking, you must pay the Booking Deposit using a credit, debit card, or PayPal. Once the payment is made, you will receive your Tour Voucher and your booking confirmation.

On the Tour/Activity day, you must pay the Remaining Balance directly to the Tour/Activity guide by presenting your Tour Voucher. It is not mandatory to present the voucher in physical form. Please note that the Tour/Activity provider only accepts cash payments for the Remaining Balance.

Why I need to pay deposit fee?

We require a deposit to secure your booking and ensure the high-quality preparation and personalized experience of your Zanzibar tour. This confirms your commitment to the tour and enables us to arrange necessary logistics, such as transportation, meals, and the engagement of expert local guides, to deliver an exceptional experience tailored to your interests.

Саnсеllаtiоn Роliсy

There is no cancellation fee if you cancel your tour booking at least 14 days before the scheduled departure. If you cancel between 13 and 3 days before the scheduled departure, a 50 percent cancellation fee is charged from the paid deposit.
If you cancel within two days of the scheduled departure or don’t arrive at the meeting point on time, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee from the paid deposit.

Рiсk-Uр Тimе

You set the time with the guide after booking.

Drор-Оff dеtаils

Drор-Оff аlwаys аt thе оriginаl dераrturе Рiсk-Uр Роint, but you can ask our guide to take you to another place if you wish.

How to find what part of Islands is your hotel

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Can we interact with the giant tortoises on Prison Island?

Yes, you’ll have the unique opportunity to interact and get up close with the friendly giant Aldabra tortoises on Prison Island.

Are entrance fees to both attractions included?

Yes, the tour includes all entrance fees to Prison Island and the spice farm, providing a hassle-free experience.

What type of transportation is used for the tour?

We provide comfortable, air-conditioned vehicles for transportation to Prison Island and the spice farm, ensuring a pleasant journey.

Can we purchase spices at the farm?

Absolutely! You’ll be able to purchase fresh spices directly from the spice farm to take home as souvenirs.

3 Reviews
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John O'Connor (Ireland)

Couple Traveller

The Prison Island and Spice Farm Tour was brillant! Booking from, easy enough. Prison Island had amazing history and the giant tortoises! The Spice Farm was like nothing we’ve ever seen. Smells were amazing. Guides were great, knew a lot. This tour is a must-do in Zanzibar, for sure.

January 25, 2024

Maya Patel

Couple Traveller

Booked the Prison Island & Spice Farm Tour onlne. Really easy. The tour was amazing! Loved Prison Island, especially the tortoises. The Spice Farm was a feast for the senses, so many spices and fruits. Guides were knowledgeable and spoke good English. This tour gave a real taste of Zanzibar. Highly recommended!

December 13, 2023


Family Traveller

I recently had the most captivating experience on the Prison Island and Spice Farm Combo Tour in Zanzibar, where I was taken on a delightful journey through history and nature, discovering the fascinating story of Prison Island’s giant tortoises and immersing myself in the aromatic world of Zanzibar’s spice heritage, making it a truly unforgettable and enriching adventure. The knowledgeable guides, picturesque landscapes, and the chance to interact with these majestic creatures and learn about the island’s spice trade made this tour an absolute must-do for anyone visiting Zanzibar!

July 20, 2023
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