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Stone Town: Stone Town and Prison Island Private Day Trip

4.5 / 5

48 reviews

Activity provider: Upendo Tours & Safaris

Stone Town: Stone Town and Prison Island Private Day Trip

Activity provider: Upendo Tours & Safaris
Likely to sell out
Likely to sell out

From US$ 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
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, German, Italian
Pickup included
This option includes a collection within the North & North East area only - please confirm your hotel details
Private group

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 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 and take pictures with giant tortoises. 

Includes
  • Pickup and drop-off from your hotel
  • 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

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

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

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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

4.5 /5

based on 48 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.4/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Safety
    4.5/5

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Prison Island ist leider aufgrund des vielen Mülls und der schlechten Haltung der jungen Schildkröten sehr enttäuschend. Mehr ist auch fast nicht zu erkunden. Stone Town ist auf jeden Fall eine Erkundung wert, fast schon zwangsweise mit Guide, da man sich sonst nicht zurecht findet. Wenn man dann noch so ein netten Guide hat wie Muhammed, macht es darauf eine Tour die sich gelohnt hat.

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March 9, 2022

Our guide (Hadji) was on time, he was very helpful and insightful ... He gave us an unforgettable experience... The 4 miles crossing from Stone town to Prison island was Breath taking... At Prison island, we fed and massaged old (100years) and very young tortoise ... They enjoyed it... Then we sailed back to Stone town and visited the historic city center... (Slavery museum, slaves room, Freddy Mercury's house, spice && Fish && meat market) etc... I recommend this activity to anyone who want to learn more about the history of Zanzibar...

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December 28, 2021

We had a very nice walk in Stone Town and then with a boat to Prison Island. It was indeed very interesting and fun. The snorkling spot, wasn´t the best though. Not much to see, but I guess you can´t combine everything at one. If you´re more into snorkling then there are other trips worthy for you. The lunch in the typical african restaurant was also very interesting and the place was really full. Enjoy!

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August 25, 2021

Product ID: 288170