Stone Town & Prison Island

Day Trip - Full Day

Discover the unique history of Stone Town

Visit the Prison Island whose name was inspired by the detained slaves

Swim and enjoy a primetime with the giant tortoise of 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 hrs


Stone Town/Dar es Salaam


The first session of your day trip in Stone Town will involve a brief stop at the National Museum of Zanzibar (rebuilt 1883) and the Arab fort, as you roam through the street towards the famous Freddy Mercury house – the Queen lead singer who was born in Stone Town.

Proceed and visit the old slave market – an Anglican Cathedral built between 1873 and 1883 under the supervision of Edward Steere, a well-known anti-slavery campaigner who decided to build this Cathedral on what used to be the island’s largest slave market in order to commemorate victory in the battle against slavery, apparently positioning the altar over the exact spot of the whipping post.

Following is a visit to Prison Island, also known as Changuu Island, a 20-minute boat transit away. 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. Enjoy a close experience with huge Aldabra tortoises, which are thought to have been introduced to the island in the 19th century.

Depart the Prison Island and be transferred back to your hotel or residence in or from Stone Town.


  • Pick-up and drop-off at your hotel / 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)

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Tropical exotic beach Sunny morning in Zanzibar on Jambiani white sands
view of the stone town in Zanzibar
Stone town, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Other Interesting facts about Zanzibar

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
  • Spice plantations
  • 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, camera, 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)