TANZANIA RANGE FINDER
Paje, on the southeast coast of Zanzibar island features virtually untouched crystal-clear, tropical waters, islands and bays with protected lagoons and great waves out on the reef – it's an endless playground. This is the closest you'll get to the white beaches and turquoise lagoons that you've seen in your dreams.
Zanzibar is an archipelago off the east coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. Part of the Republic of Tanzania, it comprises two main islands – Unguja and Pemba.
25 miles from the Tanzanian coast in the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar is just 60 miles long and 20 miles wide but boasts more than 25 fantastic beaches and lots of peaceful, remote, small islands that are just perfect for downwinders. Kiting conditions at the main spot of Paje change with the tides, although all states of tide offer something special. An offshore reef almost two kilometres out creates butter-flat conditions on the huge lagoons at low tide and, as the water speeds over the reef break it gets a little choppier on the main beach but at high tide the shore-break makes nice kickers. Neap tides provide gorgeous flat water all day. The sandy flat water lagoons are perfect for beginners or for freestyle, but clean waves from waist to over head high can be found on the reef.
WIND, WEATHER AND WATER
Sun, wind and waves are at their best January - February and June - July, but conditions are good from mid-December – March and June – September. Wind blows left to right for the first season's trade winds and switch for the second season. Expect cross-on 12 – 20 knot winds December - March and 14 – 25 knots cross-on from the north from June – September, but be prepared for days of 30 knots, too. Average air temps: 30°C / 86°F; water: 27°C / 80°F. For long days and downwinders a shorty is recommended. Bring something to cover your shoulders and lower legs out of respect if you go into town as this is an Islamic country.
Car hire isn't necessary as taxis are cheap and plentiful. A scooter is good for a day's sight seeing. The main town of Stone Town is an hour from Paje. Crime is low here, but use common sense.
Paje is a small village with hotels ranging from three to five star and all accommodation is pretty much right on the spot. Matemwe / Kiwengwa is famous for big resorts and Nungwi is a popular village to the north with small guest houses and hotels built close to the water, but most kiters will stay in Paje.
FOOD AND DRINK:
Paje has a small supermarket within walking distance from the beach. Lovely restaurants in Paje, local ones with beach boys cooking your food over a beach fire. You can survive on as little as $15 a day if you eat and drink at local restaurants. Hotel restaurants are more expensive. For parties hit Paje by Night. It is customary for hotels to be paid in full on arrival and tipping isn't a customary requirement, although locals offering help will expect a 'thank you'. Check the times for Ramadan as there will be no parties.
Zanzibar is a spice island and rich in history and heritage. Take a cultural/historical tour and visit the colourful markets of Stone Town. Alternatively, swim with dolphins or go fishing, diving, SUPing, surfing or take boat safaris.
Zanzibar airport (ZNZ Kisuani) is an hour from Paje in Stone Town. Alternatively, fly to Dar es Salaam (DAR) on the mainland and get the ferry to Zanzibar. The ferry is just a few miles from the airport and takes 20 - 30 minutes.
PAJE BY KITE teach all levels with an all female team of instructors at max ratio 4:1. Media shooting, pro clinics and trick masterclasses, too. Wainman, Cabrinha, Flexifoil, Aboards, Tablas gear, boat reef trips, downwinders, SUP and surf trips. Safety boat and gear storage is on hand. Paje By Night is a great bar!
KITE CENTRE ZANZIBAR, the first centre on Zanzibar, teach all levels, including waves and strapless. They use the latest North and Brunotti gear for lessons / rentals, run lots of downwinders, sandbank, SUP sessions as well as sunset and mangrove trips across the island.