Spice Farms, Prison Island, & Stone Town Tour

4 Hours


    In 1893, Lloyd Mathews built the prison. The prison idea was to send violent criminals from the Tanganyika mainland to the Prison Island. The Prison 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.

    The island lies just off the Old Stone Town, it is also a home to giant land tortoises that were imported from Seychelles in the late 19th century. Now it is more commonly known as a home of Zanzibar’s Giant Aldabran 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, if you have time 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 Duikers – an unusual tiny antelope species.

    It is fringed with a beautiful coral reef, ideal for snorkeling, and has a lovely white beach for sunbathing. This tour is a great way to see some history and wildlife, and also to see Stone Town from the sea as many old maritime legends would have done.

    Tour Highlights!

    • Smell and Testing the Spices grown in Zanzibar Islands
    • Having Spiced Rice Pilau Lunch at the spice farm
    • Tropical Fruits; Mangoes, Bananas, Pineapple, Watermelon etc.
    • Visit historical sites in Stone Town; House of Wonders, Freddie Mercury House etc.
    • Swimming, Snorkeling, feeding the Giant tortoises at Prison Island.
    • Spices shopping in Zanzibar local village Farm
    • Visit Kwale Island, natural Lagoon & Sandbank


      This is the full day combined experiences tour; On the same day, you will visit Spice Farms, Prison Island & Stone Town.

      The Driver will come to pick you up from the Hotel, then start driving to Spice Farms, where you will start a Spice farm tour with our local professional tour guide. At the end of the tour, you will have Spiced rice lunch with mouth watering tropical Fruits.

      After having lunch at Spice farms, you will be picked up to Prison Island to get the insight of the Giant Tortoises. You will have time to touch and feed them, having amazing photos with them.

      After Prison Island, you will take a boat to Stone town where you will start the historical Stone Town tour. You will go witness the iconic buildings of Zanzibar like; Freddie Mercury House, House of Wonders, Sultan’s Palace, Darajani Market and so on.

      How much is the Prison Island tour Zanzibar?

      Prison Island Tour Zanzibar – Price From $35 USD.

        How long is Spice Tour Zanzibar?

        Meet your guide at your hotel at 9am and journey through the scenic streets of Zanzibar’s Stone Town to the world-famous spice farms on this 3-hour tour. Learn how this picturesque island got its nickname, and gain insight into the lifecycle and uses of various locally grown spices.

          How much is it from Stone Town to Prison Island?

          The 5.6km boat trip from Stone Town to Prison Island takes around 25 minutes, and the return journey costs US$30-40. You can negotiate the price with local boat owners, or you can book through a tour company whose prices will be higher. You must also pay a US$4 entry fee upon your arrival at Prison Island

            How long is the Stone Town tour?

            3 hours Days $ 25 pp

            Join this amazing walking tour of captivating stone town where a knowledgeable guide will take you via the narrow streets of the nineteen century old town, much of which remains unchanged to this day.

              What is the Spice Tour in Zanzibar?

              On this three hours guided tour, you will explore the various spices of Zanzibar which are used in almost every kitchen on earth, such as cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, garlic, lemongrass, turmeric, ginger, vanilla, nutmeg, and more.

                Why is Zanzibar called Spice Island?

                Tourism and spices are Zanzibar’s main industries. Zanzibar is often still referred to as the Spice Islands due to the production of cloves, nutmeg, pepper and cinnamon.

                  What is the king of spices in Zanzibar?

                  Black Pepper: Known as the “king of spices,” black pepper is an essential element of Zanzibari cuisine. The islands’ pepper plantations are known for producing some of the finest peppercorns, prized for their sharp and pungent taste. Vanilla: Zanzibar is one of the world’s leading vanilla producers.

                    What is the nickname of Zanzibar?

                    Spice Island
                    There’s a reason Zanzibar got its nickname ‘Spice Island‘ – the cuisine her

                      What are the 5 spice names?

                      The Essential Five Spices are:
                      • Cumin seeds.
                      • Coriander seeds.
                      • Black mustard seeds.
                      • Cayenne pepper.
                      • Turmeric.


                        Price Includes

                        • English Speaking Guide
                        • Sailing Boat
                        • Snorkeling Equipments
                        • Lunch (Seafood BBQ, Chicken, or Vegetarian options)
                        • Tropical Fruits
                        • Soft Drinks
                        • All government fees
                        • Hotel Pick up/ Drop-off; for extra charge.

                        Price excludes

                        • Additional drinks
                        • Additional food
                        • Transfers (can be arranged in request, prices according to distance to your accommodation)

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                          Spice Farms, Prison Island, & Stone Town Tour
                          From $45
                          / Adult

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