From Zanzibar we went for a day-trip to Changuu Island, also known as Kibandiko or Prison Island, just a short boat trip from Stone Town. The island was once used as a prison for slaves in the 1860s and later as a quarantine station for yellow fever cases. Today, it’s mainly an attraction because of the conservation area housing the endangered Aldabra giant tortoises, a 1919 gift from a former British givernor of the Seychelles – what started out with four tortoises quickly became hundreds and were then stolen for private homes over many years until there were almost none left – today, the tortoises are protected by a foundation.
With our love for animals, we visited the park – with the ages of the tortoises written on their shell we saw that many of them were more than 100 years old – we fed them, petted them, and hung out. A really fun day trip and adventure, worth paying for to invest in the well being of these calm and gracious creatures.