Prison Island

The British Prime Minister of Zanzibar, Lloyd Mathews, bought the island in 1893 and built a prison complex there. No prisoners were ever housed on the island, which instead became a quarantine station for cases of yellow fever. The station was only occupied for about half the year and the rest of the time it was a popular holiday destination. More recently, the island has become a government-owned holiday resort and is home to a collection of endangered Aldabra giant tortoises, originally a gift from the British governor of the Seychelles.

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The Turtle Sanctuary

The sea turtle lagoon is a natural lagoon separated from the Indian Ocean by a few meters of old reef rocks… but the tide inside the lagoon is a clear indication that the connection with the ocean is open.

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Stone Town

The old town is a labyrinth of narrow streets with many interesting historical buildings such as the old fort, the House of Wonders, the Palace and the former slave market. If you forget about scooters and cell phones, you may feel that you are taking a walk in the past.

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Jozani Forest

The nocturnal hyrax of the Zanzibar tree, which has four “toes” on its front legs and three on its back, is said to be the first species of hyrax to have acclimatized to the forest.

The marine meadows of Chwaka Bay, bordered by mangrove forests, are important breeding grounds for marine organisms, including offshore fish species. Mangroves are also a good breeding ground for birds. A planning for the conservation and integrated development (ICD) of the area is being studied. It is also proposed to declare the bay as a site of Ramsar and is included in Tanzania’s Tentative List for World Heritage Sites to recognize its unique natural and cultural assets, taking due consideration of proposed conservation efforts.

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Mnemba Atoll

The Mnemba Atoll attracts a large number of divers. The area is a protected marine park, a fascinating place with impressive marine life. The coral reefs are home to numerous marine animals, from tiny shrimp and giant turtles to giant and sociable whale sharks.

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Nungwi Beach

The village north of Nungwi is the only area of ​​the island not affected by the changing tides, here the white sand and coconut palms give way to a magnificent turquoise lagoon enclosed by a coral reef.

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Fukuchani Caves

A historical site with ancient ruins from the Portuguese era and an incredible limestone cave with stalactites and stalagmites. You can snorkel in the freshwater lake in the cave and see submerged stalagmites underwater. An extraordinary natural site.

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