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Prison Island Tour

Prison Island Tour is a half-day tour that will take you to the wonderful historic island Changuu. We will drive from your hotel to Stone Town and from the shores of Stone Town we will take a motor boat until the beautiful beach of Prison Island.

Arriving by boat, the first thing you will see is a rustic wooden bridge jutting out into the azure blue waters of the Indian Ocean. The primary attractions are the giant sea tortoises and the prison ruins. The prison – which is now in ruins – was built in 1893 and was originally intended to house violent prisoners from the mainland, then known as Tanganyika.

You will get the opportunity to visit the tortoise sanctuary, which is at five minute walk across the island from the prison ruins. Basically you will visit the home of Giant Tortoises that were imported from Seychelles in the late 19th century. The average weight of these creatures is 100 kg, and many of them are said to be over 100 years old. There will be plenty of time to feed the tortoises play with them.

Don’t forget to take your camera with you because the photos from this tour are the ones that will make your friends back home really jealous!