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Zanzibar is a Semi-autonomous part of the United Republic of Tanzania in East Africa.  It is the Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, which comprises two main island, Unguja (Informally referred to as Zanzibar) and its sister island Pemba as well as about fifty smaller islets.  The land area of the two main islands is approximately 2 332 square kilometers of which Unguja is 1 464 square kilometers. Zanzibar (Unguja) is mainly a low lying island, with its highest point at 120 meters above sea level.

Pemba Island, that combined with Unguja is Zanzibar, lies north of Unguja and directly east of Tanga on the Tanzanian mainland.  Pemba Island has a hillier landscape and is smaller than Unguja.  Even so Pemba’s highest point is less than 100 meters above sea level.

Other smaller islets found around Zanzibar are Prison Island, Bawe Island, Chapwani Island, Chumbwe Island, Mnemba Island and Misali Island.

 
Prison Island
Prison Island on Zanzibar

Prison Island or by another name Changuu Island is the middle islet of the three visible from the Stone town, it takes approximately 30 minutes to get there by a wooden boat powered by and outboard engine. The prison on this island was built in 1893, which was later used as a Quarantine Hospital.

Please note that the only interesting part on this island is to see the giant tortoises that were brought to this island from Seychelles by Sultan Said in the 1820’s.

One can also swim, snorkel, sunbath or just relax and enjoy the peacefulness that this beautiful island has to offer. The owner of the hotel built on Changuu island do not allow the day visitors to move or go around the island.




















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