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Stone Town & Prison Island Tour

(4 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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7 Hours
Tour Details

Embark on an unforgettable journey through Zanzibar’s rich history and cultural diversity with our combined Stone Town and Prison Island Tour. This immersive full-day excursion invites you to explore the unique charm of Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the intriguing history of Prison Island, also known as Changuu Island.

Historical Stone Town: Your journey begins in the enchanting Stone Town, where history echoes off the ancient buildings and narrow alleyways. With architecture that reflects a blend of Swahili, Arab, Persian, Indian, and European influences, Stone Town is a vibrant cultural melting pot. Our knowledgeable guide will walk you through the town’s winding lanes, pointing out significant landmarks, including the Sultan’s Palace, the Old Fort, and the House of Wonders.

You’ll have the chance to visit the bustling local markets, where the aroma of exotic spices fills the air. Engage with friendly vendors, sample local delicacies, and perhaps pick up souvenirs. The tour also includes a sobering visit to the former Slave Market, a poignant reminder of Zanzibar’s dark past in the slave trade.

Intriguing Prison Island: The second part of the tour takes you to Prison Island, a short boat ride from Stone Town. Despite its name, the island never functioned as a prison; instead, it served as a quarantine station during the yellow fever epidemic. You’ll explore the old quarantine facility and learn about its history.

One of the main attractions of Prison Island is the sanctuary for the giant Aldabra tortoises, some of which are over 100 years old. You’ll have the chance to interact with these majestic creatures, a unique and memorable experience.

The island is also an ideal spot for snorkeling, with crystal-clear waters and vibrant coral reefs teeming with colorful fish. If you’d instead relax, the white sandy beaches are perfect for sunbathing, offering stunning ocean views.

A Blend of History and Natural Beauty: This combined Stone Town and Prison Island tour offers a unique mix of Zanzibar’s historical significance and natural beauty. You’ll get an insight into the rich cultural tapestry of Zanzibar while also enjoying its breathtaking marine life and scenic landscapes. The tour is educational and provides plenty of opportunities for relaxation and enjoyment.

Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply looking for an immersive experience in Zanzibar, this tour has something for everyone. Join us to step back in time and explore Zanzibar’s fascinating heritage and natural wonders.

Notice: Depending on certain 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 Stone Town.

Tour Duration

5-6 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
  • All government fees

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses
  • Lunch
What to Expect

Unraveling History: Be prepared to enter the annals of history as our knowledgeable guide transports you back in time, narrating captivating tales of Stone Town’s rich cultural and historical tapestry. From the grandeur of the Sultan’s Palace to the sobering Slave Market, every corner of Stone Town has a story to tell. Marvel at the intricately carved wooden doorways, a signature feature of these Swahili houses, and admire the blend of architectural influences that give Stone Town its unique charm.

Bustling Local Markets: As you navigate the labyrinthine streets, expect to encounter bustling local markets where exotic aromas fill the air. These markets offer a riot of colors, scents, and sounds, with vendors selling everything from fragrant spices and fresh fruits to handcrafted trinkets and vibrant textiles. Engage with the friendly locals, sample some regional delicacies, and take a piece of Zanzibar home.

Prison Island’s Intriguing Past: A swift boat ride from Stone Town will transport you to the tranquil shores of Prison Island. Despite its daunting name, the island was a quarantine station rather than a prison. The guide will illuminate its unique past, giving you an understanding of Zanzibar’s historical ties to health and disease prevention.

Interaction with Giant Tortoises: Prison Island is home to a sanctuary for giant Aldabra tortoises, some over a century old. The chance to interact with these majestic, slow-moving creatures up close is an experience that is as unique as it is memorable.

Marine Life and Relaxation: The island’s crystal-clear waters provide a perfect setting for simply relaxing on the island’s pristine white beaches, soaking in the sun, and admiring the magnificent ocean views.

 Overall, the Stone Town and Prison Island Combo Tour promises a well-rounded experience. It’s an incredible journey that provides an in-depth look into Zanzibar’s historical and cultural heritage, natural beauty, and unique wildlife. Expect a day of discovery, immersion, and unforgettable memories as you delve into the heart and soul of Zanzibar.

Tour Highlights!
  • Visit Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Discover the House of Wonders, the Palace Museum, and the Old Fort
  • Explore the narrow streets and bustling markets of Stone Town
  • Take a boat to Prison Island and visit the Giant Tortoise Sanctuary
  • Relax on the beach and enjoy the clear waters of the Indian Ocean

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

Our day starts with a pick-up from your hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle and a short briefing about our itinerary.

8:30 AM - Stone Town Tour Begins:

Upon arrival in Stone Town, we dive right into the historical heart of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our guide will lead us through the maze of narrow alleyways, highlighting the stunning architecture reflecting the unique Swahili, Arab, Persian, Indian, and European influences.

9:30 AM -Visit to Key Landmarks:

We visit some of Stone Town’s key landmarks, such as the Sultan’s Palace, the House of Wonders, and the Old Fort, each offering fascinating insights into Zanzibar’s rich history.

10:00 AM - Local Markets and Former Slave Market:

Experience the vibrant atmosphere of the local markets. Mingle with friendly vendors, sample local fruits, and immerse yourself in the rich aromas of Zanzibari spices. A sobering visit to the former Slave Market follows this.

11:00 AMDepart for Prison Island:

 We head to the dock and embark on a short, scenic boat ride to Prison Island.

11:30 AM:Exploring Prison Island

Upon arrival, we tour the old quarantine station and learn about the island’s intriguing past. Next, we visit the Aldabra Giant Tortoise Sanctuary to interact with these ancient creatures.

12:30 PM - Beach Time:

The remainder of the tour is yours to enjoy at leisure. You can explore the vibrant underwater world through snorkeling, take a swim in the clear waters, or relax on the beautiful white sandy beach.

1:00 PM -Return to Stone Town and Hotel Drop-off:

 We board our boat for the return journey to Stone Town, and upon arrival, you’ll be dropped back at your hotel, concluding our exciting and enlightening five-hour tour.


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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Is the tour suitable for all age groups?

Yes, the tour suits all age groups, offering an enriching experience for adults and children.

How long is the boat ride to Prison Island?

The boat ride from Stone Town to Prison Island typically takes around 20 to 30 minutes.

Can we feed or touch the giant tortoises on Prison Island?

For the well-being of the tortoises, feeding or touching them is not allowed. You can, however, observe them from a close distance and feed them.

Are entrance fees to attractions included in the tour price?

The tour includes all entrance fees to Stone Town attractions and Prison Island.

Are there any age restrictions for the boat ride to Prison Island?

No specific age restrictions exist, but participants should feel comfortable with boat travel. Life jackets are provided for safety.

4 Reviews
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Family Traveller

Комбінований тур Стоун-Таун та Острів В’язнів у Занзібарі був справді чудовим досвідом. Процес бронювання онлайн був зручним, а екскурсоводи були надзвичайно знавцями та гостинними. Рекомендую цей тур для занурення у культурну та історичну атмосферу Занзібару!

January 10, 2024

Ioana Munteanu

Couple Traveller

Turul combinat Stone Town și Insula Prizonierilor din Zanzibar a fost o experiență culturală și istorică excepțională. Rezervarea online a fost simplă, iar ghizii au fost extrem de informați și prietenoși. Recomand cu încredere pentru o călătorie captivantă în inima Zanzibarului!

January 3, 2024

Thomas Clark

Couple Traveller

The combo tour of Stone Town and Prison Island in Zanzibar was a journey through history and culture that exceeded all my expectations. The booking process was straightforward, and the tour operators were very organized, confirming every detail via WhatsApp. Exploring the historical streets of Stone Town with a knowledgeable guide was fascinating, and the visit to Prison Island added a unique natural and historical perspective. This tour is perfect for those looking to dive deep into Zanzibar’s rich heritage and natural beauty. Highly recommend for an immersive and insightful experience.

December 28, 2023


Family Traveller

The Stone Town & Prison Island Tour Combo in Zanzibar was an absolute delight, providing an enchanting blend of cultural exploration and natural beauty. Navigating the narrow, labyrinthine streets of Stone Town allowed me to soak in the rich history and diverse architecture, while the visit to Prison Island and its endearing giant tortoises added a touch of wildlife wonder to the experience. The expert guides made the tour both informative and entertaining, making it a perfect way to discover the heart and soul of Zanzibar in one unforgettable journey. Highly recommended!

July 18, 2023
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