Kitesurfing in Zanzibar: we have found paradise! Pearly white sandy beaches, 27 degree turquoise waters, palm trees, friendly people… But especially lovely kite conditions for every level. For beginners to freestylers there is flat shallow water all the way to the reef. And on the reef there are beautiful waves for the advanced wave kitesurfers among us. The coast of Zanzibar is building its reputation as a world class kiting paradise, but still keeps this atmosphere of being undiscovered and new. For Girlzactive it is a truly unique place to combine kitesurfing with relaxing and discovering the raw beauty of this relatively untouched island.
The perfect kiteboarding holiday
Our kiteboarding camp package has everything included. We take care of the accommodation in a private guesthouse in Paje village that has a pool for some refreshment during the day or after a kite session. The restaurant at the guesthouse provides us daily breakfast and dinner. Four times a week we give yoga – fit lessons, we go for a stand up paddle board tour through the mangrove and show you the beauty of the local community in a free village tour. Whoops, and let’s not forget about kiteboarding 🙂 In crystal clear water we give daily intensive clinics with tips, tricks and coaching to intermediate and advanced kitesurfers. And we offer lessons to beginners. In case there is a light wind day, or for people interested, there are several interesting activities to do. Think of diving, boat trips, wave surfing, spice tours and swimming with dolphins.
The kite beach is only 100 meters away from the guesthouse. As a guest of the kite centre – where we will store our kite gear – and Mr. Kahawa (our favorite coffee and lunch spot) you can relax on the lounge deck and use the comfy couches in between kiting sessions. There is enough shade to prevent you from burning as the sun gets very strong during the day. The beach is not only used for kitesurfing and swimming. When the tide goes down, you can see local women growing their seaweed fields, gathering mussels or simply socialising. Late afternoon and evenings you can often watch young men practicing athletic moves on the beach.
Come join us kitesurfing in Zanzibar
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LEVEL: beginner, intermediate, advanced
1st coach of this kite camp: Vera Klabbers
Vera is the youngest of the team. She became Junior World Champion and European Champion in 2015 and got in 2nd at the Dutch Nationals in 2016. She works hard to be competing in the WKL (World Kiteboarding League). Girlzactive supports Vera so she is able to train all over the world. At the kite camp in Zanzibar she likes to share her passion with you and help you out on the water. She can learn you new tricks and help you with your gear. She will also be giving the yoga fit classes in the morning.
Maroean is the owner and founder of Girlzactive. She knows Zanzibar very well as she had been living on the island for a while. Besides being the host for this camp, IKO licensed instructor and coach, you can ask her everything about Girlzactive, all the trips and of course about your gear. She can write many stories on how great board sports are and all the ins and outs of the trips, but even more she is looking forward to meeting you in person on the trips and events. She would love to share her passion for board sports and the way of life that comes with it.
Zanzibar is a small but mostly idyllic holiday paradise just off the Tanzanian coast in the Indian Ocean. Here you can find beaches with palm trees and sand as white as on the pictures. The island has the most turquoise and crystal clear waters you have seen. Right in front of the kite centre in Paje there are two massive lagoons. The conditions vary by the tides, with flat water on both lagoons when it is low to middle tide, and beach kickers at high tide. Neap tide leaves us flat water all day. There is a reef 1.8 km away from the beach with clean 2-5 meter waves. This is the perfect place to get strapless or play on your twin tip. For enthusiasts we can organize epic downwinders along the reef, down the coast or out to exotic locations such as the island of Mnemba.
Kusi and Kaskazi are the prevailing winds on the island. From June to October the Kusi blows from the southeast. In December it is Kaskazi blowing from the northeast. The wind in Zanzibar is always side onshore. The best months for beginners are mid June to mid October and end of December to mid March. The best months for advanced riders are mid June to mid September and end of December/beginning of January to the end of February.
The average wind speed is around 16 knots, usually increasing late afternoon and early evening. The most commonly used kite sizes are 9-12 meters, with some occasional 7 meter kiting conditions. Of course it depends on your length, technique and bodyweight which kites you should bring.
The water temperature is always over 24 degrees Celsius. So leave your thick wetsuit at home 🙂
Kite guesthouse Paje
Paje, the village where we are staying, is an African village where the pace of life has not changed for over fifty years. The people are curious, friendly and welcoming. But most of all they teach us what we have lost long time ago in the rushed western world: ‘hakuna matata’ (meaning ‘no worries’ in the Swahili language) and ‘pole pole’ (‘take it slow’). Our small guesthouse is near the beach and 100 meters from the kite centre. The accommodation is cozy and has friendly staff. It offers everything you need during your stay at Paje. There are 2 single rooms and 4 double / triple rooms available.
The restaurant at the guesthouse serves breakfast between 8am and 10am. Breakfast is included in the kite camp package, as well as dinner. The restaurant is open all day, so if you wish you can also eat lunch here (not included). The choice of dishes vary from traditional Swahili food to western style meals. The menu also offers a selection of snacks, pancakes, seasonal fruits and more. There is always (hot) water available. Last order for food is 9pm.
Lounge & bar
The guesthouse has an undisturbed lounge area next to the swimming pool. Here you can relax in the nice and comfy couches after a long day on the beach. Enjoy a cold drink, read a book, play a game with other guests or just listen to the sound of the waves.
Wireless internet is available in the restaurant area. Though we ask you for patience as power/electricity on Zanzibar can be unstable (don’t forget you are in Africa!). There is a computer that you may use to check your e-mail or if you really HAVE to read the latest news from home.
It is possible to have your laundry done (by hand) at the guesthouse. Ask for prices at the reception. Depending on the weather you will have your clothes back the following day, all dry and clean.
Paje guided village tour
Girlzactive is very much involved in the local village. We are concerning the development of the village as well as its well-being. To meet and experience the local community – which the guesthouse is a part of – we offer a free and guided tour through the village.
Flights are not included, but as always we are more than happy to help and advice you as we have done this trip already many times. There are different ways to get to Zanzibar, although we would recommend flying directly to the island and to avoid taking multiple airplanes or the ferry from Dar Es Salaam. The most popular airlines are TuiFly, Condor, Emirates, KLM and Kenya Airways (this also depends on your country of departure). Tuifly.be offers cheap flights departing from Brussels and also other airlines sometimes have affordable flights from Brussels.
Once arrived on Zanzibar, there will be a transfer ready arranged by us. You will arrive in Paje after approximately one hour of driving. Don’t forget to tell the driver to make a stop at an ATM, as there are only a few on the island. They are located in Stonetown and at the airport.
A visa is available upon arrival at the airport in Zanzibar for $ 50,-. Bring this in cash!
INCLUDED IN THE TRIP
+ Accommodation in guesthouse in Paje
+ Daily breakfast & dinner
+ Transfer from the airport to accommodation v.v.
+ Paje village tour
+ Yoga fit lessons 4x per week
+ Stand up paddle board tour through the mangrove
+ Intermediate & advanced coaching 4x per week
+ Kite gear storage at the kite centre
+ Girlzactive crew available 24 hours
EXTRA OPTIONS TO BOOK
In case you book a lessons package, you receive 10% discount on your trip week price
+ Kitesurf beginner course including equipment rental and IKO certificate: 9 hours € 290,-
+ Kitesurf beginner course 9 hours (as above) + 3 half days shared equipment rental: € 390,-
+ Kitesurf intermediate course: 6 hours € 290,-
+ Kitesurf private pro clinic (wave or trick): 2 hours € 110,- / 6 hours € 290,-
+ Kitesurf private lessons: € 75,- per hour
+ Kitesurf equipment rental: 7 days € 290,- / 14 days € 450,-
+ Private room (when still available): € 275,10 per week
+ Private transfer one way (if you don’t want to wait for combined arrivals): € 35,-
+ Bring your own equipment (up to 32 kg, depending on airline)
+ Visa (available upon arrival at the airport for $ 50,-)