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Zanzibar: Changuu Island and Stone Town Tour with Lunch

4.8 / 5

21 reviews

Activity provider: Zanzibar Local Experience

Zanzibar: Changuu Island and Stone Town Tour with Lunch

Activity provider: Zanzibar Local Experience

From US$ 78 per person

Spend the day exploring two of Zanzibar’s most popular landmarks, Changuu Island and Stone Town, on a private, guided tour. Learn about the rich-history of the locations, the people who live there, and the local culture, then enjoy a traditional lunch.

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Duration 5 hours
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  • Visit Prison Island on a private boat ride
  • Snorkel in crystal clear waters in search of marine life
  • See over 50 tortoises and get close enough to feed them
  • Explore the historical Stone Town and learn about its UNESCO World Heritage status
  • Enjoy a traditional lunch in a local restaurant
Full description
The tour begins with a private boat trip to Changuu Island, also known as Prison Island or Turtle Island. The island earned its name after it was purchased in 1893 by the British First Minister of Zanzibar who constructed a prison complex here. Although no prisoners were ever housed on the island, it was eventually used as a quarantine station for yellow fever sufferers, and later became home to more than 50 tortoises who still live there today. On the island, enjoy some free time to explore the beauty of this wild paradise, and get up close to the tortoises that roam freely. Some of the tortoises here are more than 100 years old, and you can even get close enough to feed them and take photos. You can also find peacocks and antelope on the island, then cool off in the crystal clear waters during a snorkel session in search of marine life, colorful fish, and coral reef. After your visit to Changuu Island, head towards one of the most historically prominent and artistic destinations in East Africa, Stone Town. Upon arrival, admire the fascinating architecture of the town, which dates back to the 19th century, and reflects the diverse influences of Swahili, Arab, Persian, Indian and European cultures. Learn about how the town earned its UNESCO World Heritage status, and then visit the Old Slave Market and the City Market. Here you can shop for almost anything whilst soaking up the authentic East African atmosphere and meeting the locals. Once you’ve wandered through the market it’s time to visit the Palace Museum, the local House of Wonder, and of course Freddie Mercury’s former home. There’s also time for a trip to the Peace Memorial and the Natural History Museum before ending the tour with a delicious local lunch at a traditional restaurant.
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide fees
  • Drinking water
  • Lunch
  • Boat transfer
  • Local guide
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Please meet in front of the Old Fort in Stone Town, Mizingani Road, Zanzibar at 9AM where one of our representatives will be waiting to meet you.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Swimwear
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  •  Snorkel equipment is provided
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 21 reviews

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This was our first day in Zanzibar!! A must do if you really want to see the culture and history at stone town . Lots to see and shop . They are a bit pricey though. The boat ride to Changu island was really refreshing and so was seeing the prison island and giant tortoises ! Although we got late and missed the chance to go snorkeling though it was included in the package out guide showed quite a bit and was so so friendly and considerate when we got tired .

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October 28, 2022

Good experience to have an overview of the main tourist attractions of Cidade de Pedra, get to know a little of its history, feel the life of the city, with its people and customs. On Prison Island, we were able to see and feed huge turtles and learn a little about the history of the Island.

August 30, 2022

Our tour was great. There were two of us with a guide who took a lot of time and showed us everything. We had a delicious meal at a local restaurant that had a huge selection. Unfortunately no snorkeling was planned, other than described. Nevertheless, it was an interesting and great tour.

June 14, 2022

Product ID: 275647