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Stone town and prison Island tour provided by Kiyzo

Stone town and prison Island tour

Stone town and prison Island tour
4.5
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About
Top excursion in Zanzibar Immerse yourself in Zanzibar’s culture - history on a full day guided tour of Stone Town and Prison Island. Explore on foot and by boat for a comprehensive overview of the area. Bring your swim suit along for swimming-snorkeling in Prison Island
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Available languages
Arabic, German, Russian, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
Arabic, German, Russian, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 140215P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • + bottled water or soft drink
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Boat Fee
  • Entry/Admission - Prison Island - Changuu Private Island
  • Entry/Admission - Palace Museum (Beit al-Sahel)
  • Entry/Admission - Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral
Exclusions
  • Tips
Duration
7h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Free pick up from any address in Stone Town Additional cost if outside stone town
  • Old fort, Mizingani Rd, Zanzibar, Tanzania Meeting point in-front of the OLD FORT or you can pay additional cost for hotel round transfer
  • Ports:
  • Zanzibar Harbour, R5WV+52Q, Zanzibar, Tanzania
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • + bottled water or soft drink
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Boat Fee
  • Entry/Admission - Prison Island - Changuu Private Island
  • Entry/Admission - Palace Museum (Beit al-Sahel)
  • Entry/Admission - Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral
Exclusions
  • Tips
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Free pick up from any address in Stone Town Additional cost if outside stone town
  • Old fort, Mizingani Rd, Zanzibar, Tanzania Meeting point in-front of the OLD FORT or you can pay additional cost for hotel round transfer
  • Ports:
  • Zanzibar Harbour, R5WV+52Q, Zanzibar, Tanzania
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
7h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Old fort
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Prison Island - Changuu Private Island
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Stone Town
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe)
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Palace Museum (Beit al-Sahel)
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
    Pass by
    House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib)
  • 5
    Darajani Bazaar
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 6
    Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
    Pass by
    Freddie Mercury Museum
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Popular mentions

4.5
25 reviews
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Paula M
2 contributions
Well arranged
Oct 2021
Loved the flexibility of this tour, we were able to switch tour language and pick up times, we also customized the itinerary to visit only the sites we were interested to see in Stone town, the guide was very helpful and patience.
Written October 30, 2021
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Tom B
Hurghada, Egypt17 contributions
Awful and overpriced!
The full day trip turned out to be 3.5 hour! The tour guide knew very little about history of Stone Town or the Prison Island. I really regret booking this tour before getting to Zanzibar. You can find a better selection of tours for much better prices when in town!!
Written October 22, 2020
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Jacky Travis
Cape Town Central, South Africa3 contributions
Nice tour
Feb 2020 • Family
2 sites worth visiting, hot weather so we requested to start with Stone town walking then later Prison Island,our guide was very helpful and always at our service highly recommend
Written March 13, 2020
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arvin
Bengaluru, India1 contribution
The tour guide was unprofessional
The guided tour was for 6 hrs , where the tour guide completed in 3hrs, he just made me to walk around the town and he never spoke much as I was the only person in the tour.
He even told me 6 hrs tour is for old people .
Written March 2, 2020
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Lady-Max B
Dubai, United Arab Emirates6 contributions
Great trip
Jan 2020
I found prison island especially interesting and to see the huge wild tortoises roaming around. I found the Stone town tour a little boring walking around int he heat and the traders were a little intense in trying to get you to buy which actually worked the other way and chased me away. The wares they have are beautiful. Not sure about the price tho as I didnt buy anything
Written March 2, 2020
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kakaobohne_dot
Vienna, Austria22 contributions
Nice trip, could be more informative!
I booked the trip 2 days before and it was super easy and fast. Reply came after short time. Even pic up service was no problem to book aswell. Got picked up and dropped off at the hotel on the other side of the island in Paje for 50$ which was ok for both ways.

Trip itself was nice, sadly we were in a bit of a hurry. Would have enjoyed a bit more time with the turtles. Prison island was cool to see but I would have wanted more information about the quarantine time etc. It was just a quick walk through.

After that we went on the boat again and for the tour through stone town. The tour was interesting and everybody got a bottle of water, much needed on this hot day. Sadly same here, it was not as much information provided as I wished there would be. Didn't see things from the inside like house of wonders, Freddy Mercury house just walked past them and for that price I found it quite expensive tour. We walked through the markets which was nice and had time to shop a bit. For lunch we went to a small restaurant and enjoyed our food there. Everybody hat a budget of 15 000 Tanzania Schilling to spend on food which was included, the rest if needed you had to pay for yourself but it was quite cheap so mostly no need for that I guess.

It was a nice little tour to see an overview of prison island and stonetown, but if you want to dig deeper maybe get a brochure in advance or look for a more complex tour. It was good, but I had wished for more details and information!
Written February 13, 2020
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jennifersB9076AU
Oxfordshire10 contributions
Very interesting, not to be missed.....
Oct 2019
Stone town was a very interesting town to visit in view of the terrible slave trade which took place there. There is a lot of information on view as well as seeing what terrible conditions the slaves were kept in before being auctioned. A beautiful church now stands on the very site which is very fitting after such dreadful times.
Prison Island is worth the short sea trip but only to see the giant tortoises which you can feed and they are free to roam around. The actual prison is not much more than stone ruins but you can buy a cold drink there which is good. I must stress, you must be fit and able to climb into the boats which are used (old and falling to bits!). Also to disembark upon reaching Prison Island, very rickety landing stage. A couple of small sandy beaches are good if you fancy a dip but otherwise nothing else there.
Would I recommend this excursion...yes.
Written February 12, 2020
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Tirdad Z
Gothenburg, Sweden11 contributions
A great tour!
A really great day with our excellent guide Ally. He knew so much about the people, history and culture of Zanzibar and was very helpful with answering questions.
The tour was great and I would recommend to it everyone who wants to get a really good overview of Stonetown and Prison Island.
The lunch that was included, at a local restaurant, was really good too. Another thing about the tour that was great was that during the city tour, we had Ally just to ourselves and could customize parts of the tour.
All in all, a really great tour and would def recommend to it other people. Don’t forget to ask for Ally when booking!

Written January 6, 2020
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Tina P
Fife, UK22 contributions
Day trip to see the Giant tortoises
Nov 2019
We booked a day trip here, through our Hotel. The driver took us the Harbour in Stine town, where a lovely local guide took us on the small boat to Prison Island. He explained the full History of the island, and then we got to meet the giant Tortoises that live and breed on the island. After catching the boat back to Stone town we had lunch, and then a guided tour of the town, taking in the museum, the fortress, the churches and Freddie Mercury House, and the local market. It was a lovely day out, and the chance to experience the diverse culture of Zanzibar.
Written November 14, 2019
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Amanda Kubheka
2 contributions
A day in Stonetown
Sep 2019
Amazing Tour that shows the rich history of Zanzibar. The market, the clothing and fabric, the people of Stonetown are absolutely amazing place to visit.
Written November 6, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Great day great food
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Great Experience
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Excellent local cooking class!
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Delicious Experience
My husband and I have done several cooking classes in the past and this was by far our favorite one! Ana was so kin
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Very Original!
This experience was a lot of fun! I met a friend in Tanzania who also joined the tour and we both enjoyed it! The
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Simply the Best!!!
All I can say is WOW! The Zanzibar Traditional Cooking Class was WAY more than just cooking! It was a full on indu
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Informative and Delicious!
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A very big day and well worth it
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Spice tour and traditional Zanzibar cooking experience
Excellent. Our guide met us at the market near Stone Town. We bought vegetables fish and spices to make our meal. W
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A Worthwhile Tour
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What a wonderful experience!
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beyond my expectation
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