KITESURFING IN ZANZIBAR
With its palm-fringed beaches, crystal clear water and guaranteed wind for six months a year, Zanzibar is becoming increasingly popular among kiters around the world, both because it is a spot where it is very easy to learn and because it offers conditions ideal for freestyle and wave.
When to go:
Zanzibar is located a few degrees below the equator, its position means that the island is affected by two seasons of the trade winds corresponding to our winter (December - March) and our summer (June - September)
Winter: From mid-December to early March the Kaskazi blows from the north-east, then side / side on with an intensity between 12 and 25 knots. Start in the morning and tend to strengthen in the afternoon.
Summer: from June to September the Kusi blows from the southeast also this wind and side on as the beach of Paje looks to the east. in summer the wind is a little stronger than in winter.
Apart from a few hours of high tide where there is a bit of chop the water is always flat and shallow because it is protected by the reef where the waves are. On average around 25 degrees, the
water temperature allows long sessions without the need for a pant. instead it is recommended to wear a lycra to protect yourself from the sun.
Paje is basically a gigantic lagoon with a totally sandy bottom almost totally free of dangers or obstacles. Scattered at random are algae cultivations formed by stakes driven into the ground connected with ropes on which algae grow (similar to small underwater vineyards. These stakes can be dangerous at low tide, but they are still very visible and always grouped, so very easy to avoid.
Tides are the most incredible thing about this spot. Every 6 hours there is a high and a low tide. On days of full moon or new moon at low tide the sea literally disappears for a couple of hours and a lagoon is formed near the reef about 500 meters wide with 30 cm deep water and smooth as oil, with high tide instead for a couple of hours the water rises of 23 meters you don't touch and you create a little chop. In the hours between tides, the water is shallow, completely flat and you can touch it up to almost a kilometer from the shore. Tides also affect reef waves.
About a kilometer from the shore is the reef where the waves break, the waves are modified by the tide that regulates its height and steepness. Roughly at low tide the waves are higher and steeper, as the tide rises they become smaller and easier, even the tidal current and the shape of the reef changes the waves, all this means that there are waves for all tastes. The reef is more than 20 km long but is less than 50 meters wide (in front of the kite center), immediately after the reef the water immediately becomes flat, so in case of problems just wait a little and you are out of the waves ( the wind and side on). However, I recommend never going alone on the reef. Kite Dream Zanzibar offers support to go on the reef and down wind from 10 or 20 km on the reef that result in an endless ride, taking a wave after another without boating.
Accommodations, surroundings and nightlife:
Paje is made up of many hotels, small and maximum 2 stories high. mostly bungalows. prices range from 300 to 20 euros per night, so for all budgets. There are several nightclubs, bars and restaurants. Zanzibar is a true natural paradise, among the various trips and excursions the most beautiful and easy to do there are for example the Jozani national forest, where to see up close whole families of monkeys, which have no fear of man or the forests of Mangroves where it is also possible to take SUP trips.
How to get:
From Italy there are 2 airlines (Meridiana and Neos) that reach Zanzibar directly and many others that arrive in Zanzibar from all over the world. Carrying the kite bag as extra baggage costs around 60 euros.