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TAS 223 - Prison (Changuu) Island | Tours to Zanzibar Island

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Prison (Changuu) Island | Tours to Zanzibar Island

Earning its name as a former prison for slaves and a quarantine station for Zanzibar and the mainland. Nowadays the island gives you the chance to escape for some peace and quiet. A hundred-year-old Giant Tortoises act as unlikely vigilantes over the island

 

Highlights


Prison (Changuu) Island Tour
Changuu (Prison) Island ½ Day
Duration - 3 to 4 hours

Earning its name as a former prison for slaves and a quarantine station for Zanzibar and the mainland. Nowadays the island gives you the chance to escape for some peace and quiet. A hundred-year-old Giant Tortoises act as unlikely vigilantes over the island, and you can't help but wonder what tales they would tell, if only they could talk! Approximately one kilometer long and a ¼ kilometer wide the island offers some of the most pristine swimming and snorkeling conditions in crystal clear waters.

Detailed Itinerary


Changuu (Prison) Island ½ Day
Duration - 3 to 4 hours

Take a boat trip to this beautiful small island just offshore from Stone Town. Formerly owned by the Arabs and British, it was once used as an old quarantine Center for lepers and TB victims. Now it is more commonly known as the home of Zanzibar's Giant Alderman Tortoise colony, some of which are over a hundred years old! This endangered species came to Zanzibar as a gift from the government of the Seychelles.

Once on the island, you have the opportunity to feed and pet the tortoises and if you have time, you can do a spot of snorkeling. (equipment hire not included). You may also like to take a stroll through the forested interior where you will see a wide variety of Birds, Colorful Peacocks, Bats, and beautiful Butterflies. Keep your eyes peeled too for the shy and elusive Dickers - an unusual tiny antelope species.

This tour is a great way to see some history and wildlife, and also to see Stone Town from the water as many old maritime legends would have done! The prison Island or Chang Island is the middle Island of three visible Islands from the Stone Town. The prison on its Island was built in 1893. Historically this small Island was used as point of concealment of slaves later becomes a temporary hospital and a quarantine Island especially during the outbreak of contagious diseases in the last century.

The Island endowed with nature features attractive, a self-walking safari cover the island less than one hour, while sand beach for swimming and relaxing, colorful coral reef for snorkeling. Sultan Said in 1830’s, dicker different birds can easily be seen in the Island, brought a number of giant tortoises, some which are 100 years old, there from Seychelles. The tour start either in the morning at 09:00 Hours to 12:00 Hours or in the afternoon at 15:00 Hours to 18:00 Hours

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