1. Tanzania
  2. Zanzibar Archipelago
  3. Zanzibar City
  4. Prison Island

Stone Town & Prison Island Private Tour (Transfers & Lunch)

Product ID: 288170
See the most fascinating historical sites in Stone Town and Prison Island. After diving into the local history, dive into the beautiful waters alongside giant tortoises and colorful fish.
About this activity
Duration: 6 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, French, German

Pickup included

This option includes a collection within the North & North East area only - please confirm your hotel details
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Walking on narrows streets of Stone Town to see the local life
  • Visit Lloyd Mathew's monument
Full description
See the National Museum of Zanzibar (rebuilt in 1883) and the Arab fort while passing along bazaar streets towards the famous Freddie Mercury house. See the old slave market, fruit market, and spice market — don’t miss the classic Zanzibar curved doors decorating the stone town. 

After you have explored Stone Town, you’ll have an opportunity to take a short break and have lunch before heading to Prison Island. Prison Island is also known as Changuu Island, the nickname came from the island being used by some sultans of Zanzibar to detain enslaved people. While you are on this island, you can swim, snorkel and take pictures with giant tortoises. 

See the colorful schools of black snappers, orange lined triggerfish, spotted garfish, barracudas, longfin bannerfish, emperor angelfish, rabbitfish, clown triggerfish, and many more.
Includes
  • Pickup and drop-off from your hotel
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees
  • Transport waiting charge
  • Experienced professional tour guide
  • Taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees
What’s Not Included
  • Beverages
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
Know before you go
• Please keep in mind that the first portion of your tour you will be walking, it is recommended to wear comfortable shoes and bring water
• The second portion of your tour you will have the opportunity to swim and relax on the beach
• Bring swimwear and a snack
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 21 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    5 / 5
  • Organization
    5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.1 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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The tour was well-paced, very interesting and enjoyable. Great guide!

Haji was a great guide. Communicated with us prior to the tour, and helped structure the tour based on the portions that interested us the most. Prison island is definitely worth a visit to hear the history of the island and structures, and the turtle sanctuary is enjoyable as well. But the Stone Town walking tour was the highlight. Seeing the local markets and hearing a history of the spices, visiting the slavery museum and quarters; and countless other tidbits of info about the town provided a fantastic overview of the town. Our guide, Haji, was well informed on any questions we asked, and was always keeping an eye out on the small group to make sure everyone was okay. His knowledge of what we saw made the tour a 5-star experience. I highly recommend this excursion.

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October 20, 2019

Great service, great tour.

Despite extremely bad weather, it was an interesting tour with a super nice guide who spoke extremely good German. The service before and during the tour, including the information about the pickup was excellent. The only negative criticism was the turtle station, which was rather sad and not inviting. But this was compensated by the beautiful boat trip again.

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October 9, 2019

This tour was amazing!! Wish all the tour guides was like Haji. He really got a passion for tourism and his History knowledge will blow your mind. Learn so much about Zanzibar! Thank you for this awesome experience.

February 4, 2020

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Upendo Tours & Safaris

Product ID: 288170