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

4.4 / 5

28 reviews

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

From $55 per person

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

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
COVID-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 6 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, French, German, Italian
Pickup included
This option includes a collection within the Stone Town area only - please confirm your hotel details
Private group


  • 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.
  • Pickup and drop-off from your hotel
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees
  • Transport waiting charge
  • Experienced professional tour guide
  • Taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees
  • Beverages
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
COVID-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers must bring their own headphones
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers must fill out a travel information form
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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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 28 reviews

Review summary

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Since I was alone, we discussed the route with the guide in advance and decided to first go to the island of turtles. The turtles were amazing, huge, ironed almost all of them, it's a pity, they give little food to feed them. Very beautiful landscapes, I managed to swim nearby on the shore. In the second part of the tour, we walked around the city, visited one museum, the Palace of Miracles, unfortunately, was closed for reconstruction. In the end we had lunch at my favorite restaurant in the city. The guide met and brought back to the hotel, was friendly and took a lot of my pictures at my request.

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October 29, 2020

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

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