Stone Town City Tour + Prison Island

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House of Wonders, Stone Town, Zanzibar
House of Wonders, Stone Town, Zanzibar
Anglican Cathedral, Zanzibar
Anglican Cathedral, Zanzibar
Slavery Memorial Monument at Stone Town's former slave market
Slavery Memorial Monument at Stone Town's former slave market
Explore the markets
Explore the markets
Observe the giant tortoises shuffle through the trees with the patience that old age brings (Prison Island)
Observe the giant tortoises shuffle through the trees with the patience that old age brings (Prison Island)
Observe the giant tortoises (Prison Island)
Observe the giant tortoises (Prison Island)

What To Expect

Enjoy two tours in one day. Go around Stone Town, trace the steps of the past and get a peek into the modern life in the city and sail to Prison Island, home to giant tortoises and magnificent coral reefs.


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Start your day by exploring Stone Town. Follow your guide and learn about the events that shaped Zanzibar as you see the places relevant to its history such as the former Slave Market and the Anglican Cathedral. See the House of Wonders, the Sultans' Palace Museum, the Old Arab Fort and Dispensary.

During the first part of the tour, we will explore the markets and see the children play in the streets of the residential areas as their mothers sit outside and the men play board games. There will be an optional stop at The Zanzibar Coffee House to provide rest from the heat.

After discovering the secrets of Stone Town, we will go on a 20-minute boat ride to Prison Island named after the prison built to condemn Zanzibari citizens to the isolation of the island. Previously owned by an Arab to house his rebellious slaves, the prison was never used, and the island is now home to a tortoise sanctuary, prison ruins and hotel. Observe the giant tortoises shuffle through the trees with the patience that old age brings. Originally thought to be from the Comoros Islands and Seychelles, some of these tortoises are said to be over 100 years old. Stately and lumbering, the tortoises have even been known to take children on a ride. We will have some free time in the island and you can explore one of the hiking trails, snorkel in search of colorful tropical fish darting through the reef or soak up some sun on the powder white beach.


  • Hotel pick-up

  • Transport

  • Services of an experienced guide

  • Entrance fees

  • Lunch

  • Spa


  • Meals and drinks (unless specified)

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Personal expenses

Please Note

  • Child rates are applicable from ages 0 to 11 years.

  • Guides are available in English, French, Italian and Spanish. Must be pre-booked at the time of booking.

  • We request that you do not feed or touch the tortoises in Prison Island.

  • Guests are advised to wear comfortable closed walking or hiking shoes and pants and to bring a hat, towel and sunscreen.

  • For departures from other areas, please inquire.

  • During the holy month of Ramadan, please be advised that all restaurants not part of hotels will be closed and will not offer services during daytime. Hotels and similar establishments will have to restrict food and drinking services to the confinements of their premises. Please refrain from eating, drinking, kissing and smoking in public as this will offend the traditional and cultural norms of the country during this period.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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