Zanzibar has quickly become a big name on the kitesurfing map, lots of pros and beginners alike have travelled to the small island to experience almost unparalleled conditions…

The Spots

Just an hour from the local airport, driving through the beautiful natural flora and fauna of the island, roads lined with ancient mango trees, banana plantations and many more things to occupy you on the journey to what is truly a ‘jaw dropping’ scene to kite at any level…

The main stage for kitesurfing in Zanzibar is along the South East coast, namely- Paje and Jambiani. Both villages are small, but boast plenty of accommodation for the backpacker and the luxury seeker!

Paje is really the epicentre of social activities on the coast as well as the most visited kite spot. There are 2 lagoons in Paje, one starts from the shore and goes about 0.5km out, it spreads from the shore left and right about 3km, its only sand on the sea floor, and dependant on the tide it can get butter flat! The second lagoon is used when the tide is low, and the first has no water. It’s a 10Min walk from beach straight out through a small gap in a seaweed ‘river’ that separates the two lagoons. Its around 3km sq. and can house a decent amount of kites.

There are 5 kite schools in Paje that rent and do lessons, SUP, basic windsurfing equipment, as well as facilities for surfing on the reef (1.2km offshore). All schools host a range of different nationality instructors to teach in many different languages,

Things to watch out for in Paje
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The Tide – The tide in Zanzibar on the east coast side (facing the Indian Ocean) changes dramatically, sometimes over 4 meters from low to high, this effects when and where you can kite. But a basic outline is, the tides change every 6 hours, and the tide goes forward about an hour each day…

Sea urchins – Although there are hardly any in the first lagoon, the second one that’s closer to the reef, has large areas of urchins. As long as you don’t stray too far towards to reef at low tide, you won’t get caught by the black spiky kiter’s nightmare…

Other people -The only down side to Paje is; because it’s such a beautiful place to kite more people every year are going. In high season (July to September) and (December to February) there can be over 120kites in the lagoons, so unless quite experienced it can be a bit of a headache…

 

Leo Holland runs a kitesurfing school in Zanzibar and has all the information about the local area, if you are in the area pop in and say hello. If you are heading over that way and are looking for lessons then don’t forget to check out his kite school.

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