Stone Town and Prison Island Tour

Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours in Seychelles

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With stone town and prison island tour we focus on the history, the people and culture of the Zanzibari people. If you are looking to experience the city like a local then this is what you are looking for!
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Darajani Bazaar, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island, Zanzibar ArchipelagoZanzibar's main market is a hive of activity, with everything – from spices, fresh fish, slabs of meat and huge baskets full of live chickens to sandals, plastic buckets and mobile phones.Stop At: Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island, Zanzibar ArchipelagoThe Heritage Centre therefore among other things aims at promoting tolerance, reconciliation and an inclusive society, bridging social and ethnic divides by telling the story of this dark chapter in the region’s history in an open and factual way. The creation of the Heritage Centre, and making it accessible to school children, who are the country’s future leaders, is also aimed to promote interfaith and inter-communal dialogue and understanding. Furthermore The Site is an important tourist destination, and by improving visitors’ facilities at the site and making it more informative and stimulating, the tourism industry as a whole will benefit, creating jobs and wealth, and helping to reduce poverty. The Heritage Centre among other things is also benefiting many people as it is a great opportunity to promote interfaith relations in Zanzibar.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Palace Museum (Beit al-Sahel), Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island, Zanzibar ArchipelagoThe Sultan's Palace also known as Bait As-Sahel was destroyed in the Anglo Zanzibar war of 1896, is one of the main historical buildings of Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania. It is a 3-story building with merlon-decorated white walls, located in Mizingani Road, on the seafront, between the House of Wonders and the Old Dispensary. The palace was built in late 19th century to serve as a residence for the Sultan's family. After the Zanzibar Revolution, in 1964 it was formally renamed to People's Palace and used as a government seat. In 1994, it became a museum about the Zanzibari royal family and history.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island, Zanzibar ArchipelagoChanguu Island (also known as Kibandiko, Prison or Quarantine Island) is a small island 5.6 km north-west of Stone Town, Unguja, Zanzibar. The island is around 800m long and 230m wide at its broadest point.[1] The island saw use as a prison for rebellious slaves in 1860s and also functioned as a coral mine. The British First Minister of Zanzibar, Lloyd Mathews, purchased the island in 1893 and constructed a prison complex there. No prisoners were ever housed on the island and instead it became a quarantine station for yellow fever cases. The station was only occupied for around half of the year and the rest of the time it was a popular holiday destination. More recently, the island has become a government-owned tourist resort and houses a collection of endangered Aldabra giant tortoises which were originally a gift from the British governor of the Seychelles.Duration: 4 hours

What’s included

  • Lunch
  • Private transportation

What’s not included

  • Entrance Fees
  • Entry/Admission - Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral
  • Entry/Admission - Palace Museum (Beit al-Sahel)
  • Entry/Admission - Prison Island - Changuu Private Island