Discover Changii Island

Changii island a small island spread across 5.6 Km and located northwest of the stone town. purchased by the first British minister of Zanzibar with an initial intention of building a prison there. The name prison island originated from the initial planning of establishing a prison on it and that for a brief in the 1860s was used as a prison for rebellious slaves and a coral mine. No prison institutions were actually built on the island but rather became a quarantine station for yellow fever cases for half a recently used as a popular holiday destination as a government own tourist resort and home to a plethora of endangered Aldabra giant tortoises. Overcoming its turbulent history Changuu island has become a  must-see jewel of Tanzania with the star attraction of the island as a large home for the tortoises. The origin of the overflowing tortoise population of the island is that in In 1919 the British governor of Seychelles sent a gift of four Aldabra giant tortoises to Changuu from the island of Aldabra. By 1955 the population of the torties and humans on the island had grown rapidly being stolen for food or to be sold as pets a further 80 hatchlings were sent to enhance the tortoise numbers once again on the island.

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