WHEN TO GO
Two trade wind seasons:
December – March
June – September
Avg Air Temp: 30°C / 86°F
Avg Water Temp: 27°C / 80°F
Restaurant Meal: 15,000 – 35,000TKS
Accommodation: 80,000+TKS p.p.p.n
UNIQUE KITE CAMPS
Endless downwinders, beautiful 10 - 14 metre weather, super fun waves out on the reef and various flat water conditions to be found on the lagoons closer to shore. This authentic little village on the southeast corner of Zanzibar retains a magic vibe for kitesurfers!
An ideal destination for most riders with huge downwinder potential around the remote islands. Zanzibar is just 90 miles long and 40 miles wide. Paje is the main kitesurfing spot on the south coast. An offshore reef creates flat conditions on the huge lagoons at low tide. As the tide rises and the water spills over the reef it gets a little choppier on the main beach, but at high tide you’ll find nice kickers closer to shore. During a neap tide it’s flat water all day and six days a month the inner lagoon doesn’t empty. Close your day out with a downwinder to a restaurant 20 kilometres along the coast. Join a kite cruise or book a ‘live-aboard’ trip for a different experience.
PHOTO / KiteWorldWide
WIND, WEATHER AND WATER
Best January to February and June to August, but generally good mid-December to March and June to September. Blowing left to right first season, switching for the second. Cross-on 12 - 20 knots December to March and 14 – 25 cross-on from the north June to September. Average air temps: 30°C / 86°F; water: 27°C / 80°F. On long days and downwinders wear a shorty. Cover your shoulders and lower legs in town as this is an Islamic country.
Paje is a small village with hotels and guest houses ranging from three to five star and all accommodation is pretty much right on the spot. Jambiani is eight kilometres south of Paje and is where the KiteWorldWide Best Pro Center and accommodation is located.
PHOTO / Paje By Night
AIRBORNE teach all levels up to instructor level on Paje beach with a viewing deck, free wifi, beach-view swimming pool, storage, rescue boat, air compressor, showers, onsite restaurant, dive centre and kite/surf/SUP/landboard rentals. Guided downwinders, reef trips and live-aboard boat trips around the achipelago. Accommodation packages available and kite/surf eco village opening in 2015.
KITEWORLDWIDE’S Best Pro Center is in Jambiani. Offering the Red Monkey Lodge and Coral Rock Hotel, both directly on the spot and geared towards sustainable tourism. A two kilometre sandbank stretches out into the lagoon providing butter flat water. Full service travel agent.
+44 (0) 203 6085 777
MOON TOURS offer coaching and clinics with rescue boat support when necessary. Nick Jacobsen will co-host an Africa trip in 2015 and Best riders for their Fiji trips to be announced. They also arrange mid to top-end wildlife safaris.
+61 359 821 007
UNIQUE KITE CAMPS run a wide variety of bespoke package camp options filled with all sorts of activities and adventures on and off the water to help you discover all that Zanzibar has to offer. Also run a kite school called Aquaholics Zanzibar for intermediate and advanced riders and guided downwinders.
PAJE BY KITE teach all levels with an all female team of instructors. Pro clinics, trick masterclasses, boat reef trips, downwinders, safety boat, gear storage as well as SUP and surf trips. Paje By Night throws parties you’ll remember a lifetime.
Languages spoken by staff: English, French, Italian, Creole, Afrikaans, German and Swahili.
+255 777 460 710 / +255 776 219 337
KITE CENTRE ZANZIBAR, the first centre on Zanzibar is located on a great spot right opposite the lagoon. They teach all levels, including waves and strapless. A great vibe, launch and hangout at the kite shop, they offer storage as well as repair and use the latest North and Brunotti gear for lessons / rentals, run lots of downwinders, sandbank trips, SUP sessions as well as sunset and mangrove trips across the island.
Languages spoken by staff: English, Dutch, German and French
+255 776 531 535
Zanzibar is a spice island rich in history and heritage and has a constantly improving tourist infrastructure. 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.
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.
Tanzania Shilling (TZS): £1 = 2,700TZS / €1 = 2,000TZS / $1 = 1,800TZS Lots of ATM’s in Stone Town, but none in Paje.
FOOD AND DRINK
Paje has a small supermarket, lovely restaurants as well as local ones with beach boys cooking your food over a beach fire. You can survive on as little as $15 a day at local restaurants. Hotel restaurants are more expensive. For parties hit Paje by Night.
Zanzibar international airport (ZNZ Kisuani) is an hour from Paje in Stone Town. Alternatively, fly to Dar es Salaam (DAR) on the mainland and get the 20 – 30 minute ferry to Zanzibar.
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