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Prison Island is so called because of its first usage as a prison, which was built in 1893. But in fact it was later used as a quarantine hospital and is nowadays the home of the giant tortoises which were banned from the city of Stone Town. Enjoy a 30 minute boat ride with a view of the Stone Town Skyline, after arriving on Prison Island your guide will teach you the history and introduce you to the giant tortoises.
The Old Stone Town is a World Heritage declared by UNESCO in more than a decade now.
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The tour starts on the main City market, which was opened in 1904, you will then get a comprehensive view of the Stone Town architecture, its sand and stone ancient built houses, some of them have Arab/Indian with carved doors with brass studs, carved balconies you will also get the chance to see the old post office and Freddy Mercury house. Our next stop will be at the Anglican Cathedral of Christ, on the site of the Old Slave Market.
From here we continue our tour to Sultans Palace Museum, House of wonders (Beit-el-ajaib) , next to this you can also see the Old Arab Fort. The Old Stone Town is a World Heritage declared by UNESCO in more than a decade now. Route Sites visited, Main City market of Darajani, Anglican Church, Slave Market, Hindu Tample, Hamamni Baths, Palace Museum, House of Wonders, Old Arab Fort, Forodhani Garden, Spices Shops and Souveniers.
It hardly takes half an hour driving by motorized boat to reach the wonderful west based historic island. It is originally called Changuu and was owned by wealthy Arabian merchant who used it as detention Centre for disobedient slaves during slavery.
Under the Leadership of the third Sultan of Zanzibar, just after the abolition of slave trade in 1873, the prison for intending to keep recalcitrant prisoners was constructed to keep the standing name " PRISON ISLAND". How ever, the Island was then used as the quarantine station of all of east African countries following the Out break of cholera disease along the coast of East African coast where the victims were collected in different parts before being sent to changuu Island for further treatment.