Kitesurfing course and lessons on Paje Beach, Zanzibar
Kitesurfing course and lessons on Paje Beach, Zanzibar
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Activity Snapshot

  • Sport level
    from Beginner to Advanced
  • Spoken languages
  • Duration
    from 2 hrs to 2-3 days
  • Opening seasons:

Activity description

Do you want to learn to kite surf, or maybe you'd like to improve your level? From beginners to expert riders the team of expert coaches at Kite Zanzibar can help you achieve your kitesurfing goals and even teach you the latest tricks.

After trying several different spots of Zanzibar Island, the Kite Zanzibar team concluded that Paje Beach has the best conditions for kitesurfing. From there they started their first kite school in Zanzibar.

The centre
At Kite Centre Zanzibar you get the best service possible. You'll be provided with superb service, the safest and newest equipment and the most professional people to work with. The centre has the right vibe with hammocks, laid-back chairs and pillows. Here guests can lay back or share all the excitement of the day with each other. With the growing popularity of kitesurfing, Paje is quickly becoming known as THE place to be for kitesurfing. Tourism is growing at a sustainable pace in Paje. It is safe and easy to navigate the area as a first time visitor. There is a wide range of laid-back hotels and restaurants in Paje and surrounding villages like Bwejuu and Jambiani.

- Latest North & Brunotti Gear
- Kite zone + launch assist
- Kite shop + repair facilities
- Storage lockers and cleaning 
- Chill Launch + amazing View
- Restaurant and bar
- Great atmosphere and music

Kite area
The lauch and riding area consists of sandy bottoms with few obstructions or obstacles. Water depth changes daily from shallow waters that go out with the tide, giving way to endless beach, reverting to deeper waters at high tides.

The best months for beginners are from mid-June to mid-October and the end of December until mid-March. The wind is always side onshore. From June until October the Kusi blows from the south-east, in December the Kaskasi blows from the north-east.

The best months for experts are from mid-June to mid-September and the end of December/beginning of January until the end of February. While the above listed time-frames are the norm, variations do occur. Therefore you are recommended to check the wind history on the island. 

The average wind speed is around 16 knots, usually increasing towards the end of the day in the late afternoon and early evening.The most commonly used kite sizes are 12, 10 and 9 meters, with some occasional 7 meter kiting, depending on your body weight and the wind speed.

The water temperature is always over 24 degrees so your wet-suit can stay at home, unless you are easily prone to coldness, which can occasionally happen in Africa's winter months (June-September).  At most though you need a 2mm shorty. 

In the lagoon, in front of the centre, you will find a perfect kite heaven, shallow water for beginners and flat water for freestyle / freeride experts. Sandy bottom everywhere, the lagoon is spit up into 2 parts, separated by a seaweed farming area, very easy to see and to pass to the other part. Booties / shoes can be taken, but are not used a lot, except for learning how to fly kites, and body drag in the lagoon. In these cases they can be handy to protect against the odd sea urchin that escapes from the nearby farming operation. For the most part though the bottoms are sandy and soft, and no extra booties are required. 
Reef / waves
The reef for surfing waves is 1.5 kilometers off-shore with perfect breaks... Launch and surf out to the waves with a minimum of three people for safety considerations, or take a downwind surf trip-downwinder with wave master Ruben. When the tide is halfway to full tide it's time to explore the amazing waves who can be very good. Mostly we do downwinders to enjoy the waves the most with strap or strapless wavesboard. The waves on a normal day are around 1-1,5 m upto 3,5 m.

Cancellation policy: 
1) Cancellation 10 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are automatically reimbursed for the full activity price

2) Cancellation between 4 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are entitled to a 50% reimbursement

3) 4 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, is considered last-minute cancellations
→ No reimbursements will be effected


1Taster lesson: IKO Level 1
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2Full Beginner kite course: IKO Level 2
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3Refreshing lesson : IKO Level 2/3
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4Pro-lesson: IKO Level 3+
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Meeting point
Kite Centre Zanzibar: Michamvi Rd, Paje Get directions
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