158-year-old: Meet giant tortoise on Zanzibar’s Prison Island

Earning its name as a former prison for slaves and a quarantine station for Zanzibar and the mainland, nowadays the island gives you the chance to escape for some peace and quiet.
The island is also a home to giant land tortoises that were imported from Seychelles in the late 19th century. Nowit 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.Once on the island, you have the opportunity to feed and pet the tortoises.

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