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Zanzibar Kitesurf Holidays

Discover beautiful white sand beaches of Zanzibar, Tanzania’s kitesurfing mecca.
Get inside knowledge on where to stay and let us help plan your dream Zanzibar trip.

kitesurf

Beginner-Intermediate

appointment

June-October; December-March

sun

Flat water, Small waves

sea-shore

Side - side shore

wind

12 to 25 knots

warm-water

Water temp. 25 to 29°C

Zanzibar Highlights

  • Two windy periods, choose the season carefully: June-October and December-March
  • One of the best places to learn to kitesurf or hydrofoil kiteboarding
  • Wide range of accommodation on the beachfront, from small guesthouses to luxury resorts
  • Pristine white sand beaches, shallow flatwater kite spot with waves out on the reef
  • High and low tides in Zanzibar are quite extreme, but that is exactly what makes the east coast of Zanzibar so beautiful and fascinating with spectacular colours

Where to stay?

budget

Budget Beach House Jambiani

standard

StandardUhuru Beach Resort

premium

PremiumMahali Zanzibar, Paje

luxury

LuxuryWhite Sand Villas Paje

Zanzibar Archipelago General Information

This Indian Ocean archipelago actually consists of several islands. The semi autonomous region of Zanzibar is just 40 kilometres off from Tanzania’s mainland. Unguja, also known as “Zanzibar Island” or simply Zanzibar is the largest and most populated island, followed by Pemba, another big island. Zanzibar has always been a mix of Africa and the Arab world, and most locals consider themselves Zanzibari rather than Tanzanians. The whole east coast of Zanzibar is protected by the coral reef and apart from kitesurfing, the island is a great place for snorkelling and diving.

Kitesurfing Seasons in Zanzibar

There are two windy seasons in Zanzibar, dominated by two prevailing monsoon wind cycles:

  • The winter season (European summer) in Africa lasts from June until October and the wind is known as Kusi. It is a South-Southeasterly wind, blowing cross-shore at a speed between 15 and 25 knots and it is usually stronger in the afternoon. During this period, the daily temperatures are almost never above 30 degrees and due to the cold wind, you’ll often need long sleeves in the evenings.
  • The summer season (European winter) in Tanzania lasts from mid December until March dominated by Kaskazi. Kaskazi is a warm northeast wind, lighter than Kusi and it blows usually at a speed between 12 and 20 knots. The daily temperatures are higher during this period but this season is more humid. The average water temperature in Zanzibar ranges from 25°C (77°F) in August to 29°C (84°F) in January and a suit is almost never needed.

If you want to travel in April, May or November, then be ready for heavy rains. Many accommodations are not open at all during this period.

Best kitesurf spots in Zanzibar

The east coast of Zanzibar offers kitesurfing conditions during both windy seasons, winter and summer. The best kitesurfing spots are…

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