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Zanzibar: Changuu Island and Stone Town Tour with Lunch

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Zanzibar: Changuu Island and Stone Town Tour with Lunch

From US$ 74 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.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 5 hours
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Pickup optional
One of our representatives will make contact with you within 24 hours of you making the booking. We will need to confirm your hotel name and room number to arrange collection.


  • 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
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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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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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

4.7 /5

based on 7 reviews

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Honestly, the excursion seemed a bit high for what it really is. We asked to do it in Spanish and the guide did not master the language much, he tried to explain it but one ended up losing himself in the thread of the story. Besides, I didn't pay much attention to the group during the city tour and one felt a little insecure.

November 26, 2019

Juma was the guide and he was excellent, attentive, friendly and very correct! During the tour it rained but the certainty that your attention was excellent. We went to eat in a typical place, the food was very good. We were at the fish and meat market, and the island of turtles was wonderful! the toyr includes food, water and entrances.

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September 30, 2019

The tour was great! Communication about the meet-up could be improved (I just had a random person come to me and hand me the phone to talk to the people who’d booked the trip in Dar); but overall I enjoyed the prison island and stone town tours. There are two separate guides, both very kind and friendly!

August 3, 2019

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