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  2. Zanzibar
  3. Zanzibar City
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Zanzibar: Prison Island Tour with Lunch on the Sandbank

Product ID: 271922
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Immerse yourself in the magic of Zanzibar with a visit to the history-rich Prison Island, followed by a traditional BBQ lunch. Explore the island and learn about its past. Admire the array of wild tortoises that live there and relax on the sandy beach.
About this activity
Duration 5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English

Pickup optional

Outside the entrance to your hotel. The exact pickup information will be confirmed after booking.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the history-rich Prison Island and learn about its former residents
  • Admire the island's array of wildlife including tortoises, peacocks, and antelopes
  • Snorkel in the crystal clear waters in search of coral reefs
  • Enjoy a delicious seafood BBQ on the sandbank of the island
Full description
Your Zanzibar adventure begins with a visit to Prison Island, purchased in 1893 by Lloyd Mathews, the British First Minister of Zanzibar at the time. Mathews constructed a prison complex on the island which is still visible today, however no prisoners were ever housed on the island and instead it became a quarantine station for yellow fever sufferers.

On the island, spend some time exploring the area and discover the collection of over 50 tortoises that live here, some of which are more than 100 years old. Learn about why the tortoises call the island their home, as well as taking photos and feeding them too. The island is also home to peacocks and small antelope too.

Once you’ve explored the island, enjoy the opportunity to cool off from the hot weather with a refreshing dip in the surrounding crystal clear waters. Spend some time snorkeling in the water just off the island and search for colorful tropical fish and vibrant coral reef. After you’ve worked up an appetite from swimming, relax on the sandbank with a delicious lunch including a seafood BBQ, Swahili cuisine, cheese, tropical fruit, and more.
Includes
  • Lunch
  • Boat transfer
  • Entrance fees
  • Local guide
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Drinking water
  • Snacks
What’s Not Included
  • Alcoholic drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

In front of the Old Fort in Stone Town, Mizingani Road, Zanzibar.

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Zanzibar Local Experience

Product ID: 271922