The place where you would like to be arrested! Jokes aside, Prison Island never lived up to its name. A few kilometers away from Stone Town you will find a wonderful island with an interesting story and amazing nature. It was originally used to detain rebel slaves and later as a quarantine station. Changuu is best known for its large family of giant tortoises, that were in 1919 given as a gift to Zanzibar by the governor of Seychelles, endemic to one of their islands Aldabra. These giants can live more than 200 years, weight up to 250kg. The oldest one on Prison Island is believed to be 197 years old!

Other species inhabiting the island are colorful peacocks, and dik-diks – small, shy and tiny type of the African antelope.

Inclusions: Local guide, boat road trip, entrance fee to prison building and tortoise sanctuary

Exclusion: individual expanses

Duration: 3h


Prison Island Gallery