Prison Island & Spice Plantation

Day Trip - Half Day

Discover the secret behind the name ‘Spice Island’

Explore the Prison Island and learn an interesting history

Lookout for the red colobus monkeys, only native to Zanzibar

Pick-up point:

St. Town: 7:00 A.M | Dar: 6:00 A.M

Distance coverage from

Dar: 82 km (27 mins) by flight

Trip duration

6 - 7 hrs


Stone Town/Dar es Salaam


The Prison Island, also known as Changuu Island is a 20-minute boat transit away from Stone Town. Under British authority, the prison constructed by Lloyd Mathew was mostly used by Arab Slave Traders for retaining and punishing the most problematic slaves before auctioning them at the Stone Town slave market. It was later used as a quarantine facility for yellow fever patients from Tanganyika, Zanzibar, and Kenya. Before transfer to Spice plantations of Zanzibar, take a moment to enjoy a close experience with huge Aldabra tortoises, which are thought to have been introduced to the island in the 19th century.

Discover the origin of the term ‘Spice Island’ on your next adventure to the spice plantation. Learn about, taste, and smell various fruits, spices, and plants. You will be surprised to discover that none of the spices you see here are native to the island. Cloves, for example, were introduced to the island in the early 1800s and said to have thrived in the tropical temperature and fertile soil of both Unguja and Pemba, making Zanzibar the world’s largest producer. Other spices you’ll find here are cinnamon, pepper, cumin, cardamon, and others.

As your day trip comes to a close, you’ll get the opportunity to sample a delectable dish cooked with these spices.


  • Pick-up and drop-off at your hotel/place of residence
  • All entry fees and taxes
  • Bottled water


  • Gratuities
  • Lunch
  • Other soft drinks and snacks
  • Any last-minute changes made by you

(Contact us for availability 24hrs prior to departure)

‎+255 695 333 738

Spices tour
spice plantation

Other Interesting facts about Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Tourist activities

  • Scuba diving

  • Fishing

  • Kayaking

  • Snorkeling

  • Swimming

  • Spice tour

  • Beach exploration and relaxation

Other places to visit in Zanzibar for a day trip

  • Jozani Forest National Park
  • Chumbe Island
  • Darajani Market
  • House of wonder

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More about this trip

  • Free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund (Applies only for bookings made more than 48hrs prior to departure)
  • Live Tour Guide (native to Zanzibar) available for English, Spanish, French and German nationals
  • Available for private groups
  • Things to bring: Sun hat, good hiking shoes, and empty water bottle (optional)


  • Female tourists are advised to dress modestly, covering their knees and shoulders
  • A round-trip flight from Dar es Salaam can be arranged (additional fees apply)