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Prison Island - Changuu Private Island

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Off the Coast From Stone Town | Shangani, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 3395, Tanzania
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Reviewed today via mobile

History of the island and the turtles :) they are just adorable. Good to see :) Do not book in advance. Take some local tour guide or book at your hotel together with other places. Worth to combine with Jozani Forest

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Magdalena G
Reviewed today via mobile

That was first time in my life when I actually saw how slavery was organized. I read a lot of books, but when you see it in real life... This a must see place to understand how this world could treat you no matter if...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Екатерина К
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The tortoises were incredible. However, noone abided by the no touching rule and the tortoises were treated like objects for the tourists photos. No respect for such a magnificent creature. Felt guilty visiting.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank John R
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Well worth a visit and the tortoises great. In fact Tortoise Island would be a better description. The prison was later used as a hospital - it is small. Can get busy - we were there by 10 - mist arrived a little later. Take...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Kevin S
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We visited with our baby boy 3 years old, leading with a tour operator. There's not anything bad about this trip, you must see the giant turtles 160 years, feed them by yourself and swim on the island's perfect sea.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank uzmelissa
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We rented a private both for 20 usd (2 adults one kid) from the beach next to ferry terminal in STONE Town. We shared the both with another two couples for 45 minute journey up to Prison Island. Once there, we've been given a tour...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Catalin B
Reviewed 6 days ago

I was undecided as to whether or not I would go here as i had seen some negative reviews of the tortoise 'sanctuary' there. The kids were getting a bit bored with sight seeing so we decided to give it a go. It is a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Lorraine554
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took a quick one hour trip to Prison Island using a local boat after getting recommendations from friends to visit the island. The island itself is beautiful and the population of tortoises and peacocks were a sight to see! Most of the island is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank saralX5515UB
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was not expecting to find that GIANT turtles on the island! you can reach this place with any boat at the port or asking at your hotel receptionist, just do not accept the first price they tell you!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Q4322TTrobertof
Reviewed 1 week ago

I would love to be in prison here. Its absolutely beautiful, peaceful and paradise. I was in heaven when here and would love to come back again and again. Its a must do if you're going to zanzibar

Date of experience: January 2019
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October 15, 2018|
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Response from Gilda18 | Reviewed this property |
My best tip for anyone wishing to go to or to visit anywhere is to contact Ali +255 773 518 781. A special person, of integrity, endless customer service, and a great deal of knowledge. He were lucky to find him and highly... More
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Response from munirah97 | Reviewed this property |
Hey sorry for the late reply ..yes you can travel alone
September 12, 2018|
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Response from ianwI9721RS | Reviewed this property |
There is an additional small charge to go around the island to see the tortoises etc. No charge for the snorkelling.