Kitesurfing in Zanzibar
40km off the coast of Tansania lies the small island Zanzibar. The island is surrounded by crystal clear and turquoise waters. With constant wind throughout the year, these features make Zanzibar a mecca for kitesurfers! Many lagoons with shallow water but also many open sea kitespots make the island an absolute dream for beginners as well as advanced. Zanzibar is completely surrounded by the finest white sand beaches.
There are many direct flights from international airports to Zanzibar so getting there should not be a big problem. Though many travelers use the airport in Dar es Salaam in Tansania. Because Zanzibar is only 40km of the coast of Tansania you can either use one of the many daily flights from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar or take the ferry. The flight from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar doesn't take longer than 15 minutes. The ferry takes a bit longer with 45 minutes. If you want to go to one of the surrounding islands of Zanzibar, this is not a problem either: there are scheduled flights to Dar Mafia Island and a ferry from Zanzibar to Pemba. From Zanzibar or Dar you can fly to private runways on most small islands.
Wind & Weather
There are two wind seasons in Zanzibar. First is from December to March. During this time it's the northern Kaskazi which drives your kite. The Kaskazi wind is a strong north monsoon wind. During December to March Zanzibar is at the perfect location to get hit by the monsoon at full potential. Small kites, small boards should be taken during this time! The second one is from June to September. Kuzi is blowing during this time in Zanzibar. Kuzi is not as strong as Kaskazi but it still blows with 15 to 20 knots! Still more than kiteable and a lot better than many other kitespots. Zanzibar's degree of latitude is close to the equator. This means you always have an average temperature of 30° Celsius throughout the year. No need to bring your neopren, boardshort should be enough.
The most known kitespot on Zanzibar is without a doubt Paje. Paje is also the main destination for kitesurfer. This is also shown in the number of kitesurfer on the water. On good days you will see up to 200 kites in the air. Those who don't mind a crowdy kitespot can expect white beaches and sandy ground. Paje is tidal, so you have at high tide about 20 meters wide beach and at ebb a 300 meter wide beach. The reef is about 2 kilometers before the beach. Between beach and riff there is mirror-smooth water and shallow area. Outside of the riff you can find nice waves up to 1 - 3 meters. An absolute tip of kitespots on Zanzibar is Kiwenga. Here you will find similar conditions as in Paje, but in Kiwenga there are seldom more than 4 kitesurfers on the water. Other spots are Jambiani, Waikiki, Makunduchi and Nungwi. Every spot has its advantages and disadvantages. You can find kiteschools at every kitespot. Some have more, some have less. Because the island is not so big, it is worthwhile to explore the various spots by car!
No Wind Activities
Chances are really low that you have a not kiteable day on Zanzibar. But if you want to skip a day or just need a break you can do various things. Zanzibar is not an island with that much parties. You can find nice beach bars where you can chill and enjoy some cocktails. If you want big party you are maybe a little wrong on Zanzibar. Either way you should not miss the orginality of Zanzibar. For example you can rent mountainbikes and ride along the beaches. There are areas where you have slightly firmer surface. You will discover a lot of nature and crowdless places. At absolute low tide is also a so-called mudflat in Paje a great highlight of a Zanzibar trip, because not like the German North Sea, you walk on brown tidal flats but on snow-white seabed. Another tip, if you want to the original wild animals of Zanzibar such as the red colobus monkey you should definetly visit the Jozani Forest National Park. The national park is located in the middle of Zanzibar. Or just have a look at Tripadvisor to get more inspiration and ideas to spend your kiteless day!