|Schedule:||09:00 - 12:00 or 13:30 - 16:30 (time flexible)|
|Begins:||Seafront, Stone Town|
|Ends:||Seafront, Stone Town|
|Popular for:||The prison and the giant tortoises|
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 ended up being used as a quarantine center, instead of a prison, for yellow fever epidemics that once raged through the region. Prison Island remained in the ownership of the government which converted the newer quarantine buildings into a guest house. The old prison still remains standing, providing shelter for some of the giant tortoises which can now only be found on this island, and the cells. After the tour there's a snorkeling option for those who'd like to get wet. All part of the budget by default.