Guided tour

Zanzibar City: Prison Island and Stone Town Walking Tour

4.8 / 5

6 reviews

Activity provider: Upendo Tours & Safaris
Guided tour

Zanzibar City: Prison Island and Stone Town Walking Tour

Activity provider: Upendo Tours & Safaris

From US$ 99 per person

Take a boat to Prison Island and feed the local tortoises and peacocks. Enjoy a walking tour of Stone Town and visit the Drajani local market, House of Wonder, and the Freddy Mercury House.

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Duration 5.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, Swahili, German
Audio guide included
Swahili, French, English, German
Pickup included
Please wait in the hotel lobby 5 minutes before the pickup time
Small group
Limited to 6 participants


  • Learn the Swahili culture during the walking tour in Stone Town
  • Admire the beauty of the city and visit historical attractions
  • Discover the history of the tortoise population
  • Explore the prison that once housed rebellious slaves in the 1800s
  • Enjoy a beauiful boat ride to and from Zanzibar city
Full description

Ride by boat to Prison Island, famous for its population of Aldabra giant tortoises. Experience the turtles up close and spot the local peacocks. Move along to a walking tour of Stone Town and learn the Swahili culture and its important historical role in the slave trade.

Begin with a beautiful boat ride to Prison Island, also known as Changuu Island. View the local wildlife and learn of the slave rebellion that occurred in the 1860s.

Start the walking tour of Stone Town at Forodhani Park. Explore the area and visit important sites such as the House of Wonder, Old Fort, the house of Freddy Mercury, and end at the Darajani market before returning to the city.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Boat to Prison Island
  • Entrance fees for prison island and the former slave market site
  • Guide
  • Bottled Water
  • Tips
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • People with high blood pressure

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4.8 /5

based on 6 reviews

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My partner and I had such an awesome time!! Our guide, Mansour, was so friendly and knowledgeable about Prison Island and all of Stone Town! He was helpful answering questions and taught us many small things that I don’t think other guides would tell you. We would happily do another tour with him when we come back to Zanzibar!

February 25, 2023

Thank you for this great tour. Our guide Haji was great. Unbelievable what he knew and made the tour very interesting. We could always bring ourselves into the tour if we wanted to see something. Haji always responded to everything. That was really great Haji We can only recommend this tour with Haji. We are definitely planning our next tour with Haji right away

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September 12, 2022

Guide sprach gut deutsch , alles gut organisiert!

February 16, 2023


Product ID: 406486