Full-Day Stone Town And Prison Island Tour In Zanzibar

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
  • Language:
  • Departure Time :
    09:00 AM Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Delve into the history of Stone Town, an atmospheric citythat has served asthe cultural heart of Zanzibar. Constructed from coral stone during the 19th and 20th centuries, it was later declared a World Heritage site. With your guide you'llalso visitChanguu, akaPrison Island, onceused to accommodateprisoners obtained from World War II and now home to giant tortoises.


Get inside tips from a local

Ideal choice for families

All entrance fees included

Informative, friendly and professional guide

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After hotel pickupfrom your hotel, set out with your guide on a walkingtour of UNESCO-listed Stone Town, Zanzibar's historical center. Explore some of the world'snarrowest streets during your introduction to thecosmopolitan archipelago, which combinesAfrican traditions with cultural influences from around the world.

The Arab tradition is predominant in the urban design and architecture of Stone Town, where the most impressive residential structuresare built arounda centralcourtyard. Learn about themixofmosques, churches, andHindu temples alongside cinemas, banks, and shops, and view landmark buildings such as the Old fort (Arab Fort), House of Wonder, former Sultan Palace andmore.

You will be taken to a local restaurant where you can choose any a la carte menu (own expense).

Then board a motorized boat for Prison Island (originally called Changuu),onceowned by a wealthy merchant who used it as detention centerfor disobedient slaves. Under the leadership of the third Sultan of Zanzibar, just after the abolition of the slave trade in 1873, it heldrecalcitrant prisoners. Later the site was aquarantine stationfollowing the outbreak of cholera ineast Africa.With its white-sand beach and forest teeming with a variety of birds and giant tortoises, the islandnow attracts scuba divers and snorkelers toits plentiful wildlife.
Finish the tour with a return transfer to your hotel, arriving by early evening.


All activities

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Entry/Admission - Prison Island - Changuu Private Island



Lunch (meals range from USD $15-30)


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

To avoid delays, please make sure you have selected the correct hotel, otherwise you will be asked to pay the difference upon pickup in cash

Please verify your hotel in the list below and select your package according to your hotel location: STONE TOWN HOTELS: Al Johari Hotel, Asmini Palace Hotel, Dhow Palace, Khole House, Kisiwa House, Maru Maru Hotel, Mashariki Palace, Park Hyatt, Tembo House, The Swahili House, The Zanzibar Grand Palace, Zanzibar Palace, Zanzibar Serena Inn, Africa House, Tausi Palace Hotel, Hiliki house, Double Tree by Hilton (stone town) NORTH HOTELS: African View, Amaan Bungalows, Diamond Gemma Del Est, Diamond Star of the East, Double Tree by Hilton Nungwi, Essque Zalu Zanzibar, Flame Tree Cottages, Gold Zanzibar, Hideaway of Nungwi, Kilindi, Nungwi Inn, Ras Nungwi, Royal Zanzibar, Tanzanite Beach Resort, The Z Hotel, The Zanzibari, Mnarani, Sun Set Kendwa NORTH EAST HOTELS: Bluebay Beach resorts, Che Che Vule, Dream Of Zanzibar, Kasha Boutique Hotel, Mapenzi Beach, Matemwe Beach House, Matemwe Logde, Matemwe Retreat, Melia Zanzibar, Neptune Pwani Beach Hotel, Ocean Paradise, Shooting Star, Sultan Sands, Villa Kiva, Azanzi SOUTH HOTELS: Swahili Beach Resorts, Karamba Beach Resorts, Unguja Lodge, Breezes Beach Club, Baraza, Arabian Nights, Arabian Nights Annex, Casa Del Mar, Kichanga Lodge, Dongwe Ocean View, The Palm, Bahari View Lodge, Spice Island Hotel, Ras Michamvi, The Residence, Karafuu Beach Resort, Kisiwa on the Beach, Konokono, Sea View Boutique, Dhow Inn CENTRAL HOTELS: Tamarind Hotel, Pongwe Beach Hotel, Pongwe Bay, Uroa Bay FUMBA & MANGAPWANI HOTELS: Fumba beach lodge, Sea Cliff Resort & Spa, Hakuna Matata

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Traveler Reviews

  • 01-Oct-2019

    My sister and I really enjoyed this tour - it was comprehensive and fun, particularly the trip out to the Prison Island where we learnt a lot about slavery. Stone Town is a great place to visit and following this tour, we felt comfortable in wandering around the area on our own.

  • 26-Feb-2019

    This was a day trip from our hotel, there are limited things to see as most of the history is gone, but the large tortoise's are amazing some up to 189 years old and large, you get to be up close to them

  • 16-Jan-2019

    This tour is fantastic don't miss this trip when you are in zanzibar actul we start city tour with our guide omy .alot of history and informations abt stone town and zanzibarian culture you will think like you back at school. we visit place like former east africa slave market ,palace museum old fort ,market etc.then we head to prison island we feed huge giant tourtoise and visit prison building also we did snocling at prison island. We highly recommend to booking with omy as your tour guide he is funny guy with good services. You can wasap him +255778881543

  • 24-Dec-2018

    I was fascinated the island itself, real paradise.. And i was thinking they are ”protecting“ the tortoises around but as i made a research i found out that they only make money out of them.. So sad, that they don’t even get proper health assistance as some of them have cracks on their shells and missing some parts of it.. if they can only be assisted properly they could’ve live more than how they were living at the moment..

  • 04-Oct-2018

    Although the Stone Town walking tour and Prison Island visit were both great (our guide Masoud was also very good, props to him), I must say customer service skills in general for Cruzeiro Safaris is lacking. They ask you to specify where you'll stay during booking as they don't go to all locations, yet there was no field to fill this out in a form, nor do they give you a contact email where you can provide this information at. Weeks prior to our trip, we had our tickets and confirmation number, yet the night before the trip we still didn't know whether we'd be picked up as we'd had very little luck contacting Cruzeiro Safaris. Once in Tanzania -two weeks before the trip with Cruzeiro- we called the number listed on Trip Advisor and had what can barely be considered as a conversation with a person who barely spoke any english; he/she promised they'd call back, this never happened. Over the following days we tried calling back from a local number, but had no answer. Finally, the night before our tour our hotel was able to get through to them and confirm our pickup after having to repeat our information several times as it was clear they were having trouble understanding even when spoken to in swahili. Again, this review is for Cruzeiro Safaris, NOT the tour in itself or our guide Masoud which were great, but the experience leading into it was very lacking and I definitely would NOT book with them again nor would I recommend this company if you're not into ambiguity, lack of interest, and poor customer service skills.

  • 28-Aug-2018

    Starting with the slave market and working our way through all the history of Stone Town was very interesting. Once that was done the Prison Island was short but very interesting. I loved the huge tortoises on the island. Beautiful view of the ocean from the island. This tour was worth the money paid.

  • 09-Aug-2018

    un paseo hermso lleno de expectativas con las cuales uno va descubriendo de a poco en todo el recorrido

  • 13-Jul-2018

    It was great visiting stone town and prison island, an experience that you shouldn’t miss once you are in zanzibar, especially with Ali (the guy who organized the tour for us), he’s very friendly and helpful , with great service and cheapest prices in the island, i highly recommend booking your tours there with him, his number: 00255772725193

  • 15-Jan-2017

    Fantastic service, guide was excellent, met us at the hotel, guided us around beautiful stone town and answered everyone of the hundreds of questions that we threw at him! he even accompanied us around stone town to help me buy some fabric and bartered with the locals! simply brilliant and worth every penny!!

  • 15-Jan-2017

    Fantastic service, guide was excellent, met us at the hotel, guided us around beautiful stone town and answered everyone of the hundreds of questions that we threw at him! he even accompanied us around stone town to help me buy some fabric and bartered with the locals! simply brilliant and worth every penny!!