Stone Town & Prison Island
In the early 19th century, under the rule of Omani Arabs, Zanzibar was East Africa’s major slave trading hub strategically located between the mainland and their final destinations, namely Oman and Persia, Seychelles and Mauritius.
Take a walk down Zanzibar’s memory lane in the company of a knowledgeable guide. The historical section of Stone Town, called the old town is an acknowledged UNESCO World Heritage. Its narrow streets and most of the houses bordering these are more than one and a half centuries old and stand witness to times bygone.
Stone Town Visit is composed of a series of attention-grabbing visits. It includes the ancient slave market and cells, the National Museum, the House of Wonders, the Old fort, the Sultan’s Palace as well as cathedrals and mosques. The visit includes time to shop for souvenirs and handicrafts along the way and going through the animated bazaars.
Afterwards, a relaxing motor boat trip will take you to Prison Island. The island takes its name from the prison that was built there in 1893. At a later stage, the buildings served as a quarantine hospital. The sea trip offers the opportunity to catch a view of historical Stone Town.
Today, only the ruins of the building remain from these days as well as a frangipani lined path around the island where the former patients took their evening walks.
The excursion allows ample time to stroll around, venture into the forested interior, swim, sunbathe or go snorkeling at leisure. The island’s lagoon and white sandy beaches are alluring.
Here you can admire of beautiful peacocks flaunting their spectacular tail of feathers as well catch a close view of giant century old Seychelles tortoises.
Full-day excursion. Starting around 9:00 am to 17:00pm
You may choose a private excursion, which allows you to set your desired time of departure.
It is advisable to wear walking shoes and a hat or cap and to bring your swim gear, towel and sunscreen.
You might also want to bring some money if you wish to buy souvenirs, local handicraft and artifacts.
Lunch is not included but can be provided for a supplement.
Food and beverages are also on sale on Prison Island.