Prison Island

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The island has been a former quarantine hospital of the last century, where you can follow a path around the island, which is bordered by  Frangipani trees and which former patient used for their evening stroll. In 1883, a prison was erected on the island, which was never used.  Sultan Said imported giant tortoises from the Seychelles to Zanzibar,  which you might spot with a bit of luck.

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Changuu island, which is also called prison island, is an island situated prison-islandin  the west of Zanzibar and visible from stone town.

 

The island grew into a little tourist resort, where you are able to relax and also might be  even able to spot the big aldabra tortoise or some of the beautiful  peacocks.

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Around the beautiful coral reefs, you are able to swim, dive or  snorkel.

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The island lies just off the Old Stone Town, it is also a home to giant land tortoises that were imported from the 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.

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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,  colourful peacocks, bats, and beautiful butterflies. Keep your eyes  peeled too for the shy and elusive Duikers an unusual tiny antelope  species.

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