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Stone Town and Prison Island from Zanzibar

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Stone Town and Prison Island from Zanzibar

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Tour Zanzibar's UNESCO-listed historic district and premiere natural attraction on this tour to Stone Town and Prison Island. Learn about the current culture and history in Stone Town as you walk past its attractions, including a Portuguese fort, the Sultan Palace, and the birthplace of Freddie Mercury, before continuing your tour to Prison Island, famous for its population of giant tortoises.
  • Tour of Stone Town and Prison Island from Zanzibar
  • See the historic attractions of Zanzibar's UNESCO-listed downtown
  • Learn about the long history and many cultural influences that created Stone Town as it is today
  • Visit the giant tortoise colony on Prison Island
  • National park fees included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Bookings Central Tours Safari
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the policy on sanitization during Stone Town and Prison Island from Zanzibar?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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27 Reviews

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Passion and historical
, Sep 2019
Guides with passion and even protective against those who want to strip you. Rich historic buildings for the whole African continent.
1 traveler found this review helpful
After a very delayed start due to...
, Jan 2018
After a very delayed start due to tour guide not turning up, and having had to contact happy tours by phone to arrange a meeting place, we were told we would be going to Prison Island first. We were walked to a beach about 10-15mins away. the tour guide left us, and we were put on boat with a very smiley boat owner who did not speak any English. A very choppy but enjoyable 30mins ride out to prison island. The boat owner followed us around and tried to show us parts of the island. On return we were met by our original guide who did a short walking tour of Stone Town. Not a very professional company, but this is Zanzibar!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Somewhat disappointing, with being a...
Karl F
, Jan 2018
Somewhat disappointing, with being a waking tour through the old part Stone Town the guide was not well versed in guiding, speaking vispering voice we had to asked to repeat, not over all well informed, however it was interesting to see the old heritage of the Town. The trip by dhow boat to prison island and see the Giant Land Turtles was great fun, walking between them and feeding them quite an experience.
We had the most wonderful time on...
Dawn K
, Jul 2017
We had the most wonderful time on this tour. Our guide Riz'one was very knowledgeable and did an excellent job of our walking tour of Stone Town. He explained all the sights and had a really amazing grasp of the history of the area.We toured the memorial to the slave market and it was powerful! The ride out to Prison Island was spectacular and the tortoise sanctuary was a treat. Highly recommend this tour!
Chicho (el guía) muy bien!
, May 2022
El guía (Chicho) nos enseñó mucho y nos llevó a diferentes sitios; mercado, especias, isla de la prisión... Se sabía la historia de Zanzibar y se explicó muy bien. Aprendimos mucho!
Visite sympathique
, Mar 2020
Très sympa prise en charge à notre hôtel Guide qui parle français, fruits frais sur le bateau Prison island jolie et tortues Impressionnantes Stone town très grande ville Centre historique magnifique qui révèle des secrets que seul nous n'aurions pas remarqué tel que le free phone Visite à préférer le matin car l'après midi trop chaud
1 traveler found this review helpful

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