Tanzania, Africa

It gets Moderate winds Left forward From $20/day
Updated:29 April 2021

Kitesurf Season


Destination Summary


Zanzibar has a diverse range of spots suited to freestyle and wave riding, as well as incredible downwinders. Paje, the focal point of every kite-surfers trip, has a range of accommodation to meet every travellers need (Airborne Village, Kite at the Nest, Coral Rock, B4, etc.). Furthermore, B4 and Coral Rock provide weekly parties that you might regret on your downwinder the next day.

There are two seasons in Paje; the first is from mid-December until February. This season is known as the Kaskazi, and it blows from the North at around 12-25 knots. The second season is from May until October, and it is known as the Kuzi. The Kuzi winds tend to be calmer in the morning and get stronger after lunch time. During the December to April season, Paje will get anticyclones from the Indian Ocean which can send some decent swell, and that’s when all sorts of surf spots start to come alive! When it's an offshore day, you have wave breaks! The reef in Zanzibar is not as vicious as some other tropical islands surf spots. You do need to keep an eye out for sea urchins though. Dolphins and turtles are seen regularly along the coastline and often join you for a surf session.

The tide in Paje dramatically changes the spot throughout the day, with low tides emptying the inner lagoon and sending kiters to the outer lagoon and sandbanks. The inner and outer lagoon offer perfect flat water, knee deep conditions at their different tide states. The high tide sessions offer mild chop and some kickers for a little freestyle.

Kite Info

Kite shop

Has a Kite Shop

Kite spots

Paje Beach; Jambiani; Paje Reef

Best months

january, february, march, april, may, june, july, august, september, october, november, december

Dominant boosting direction

Left forward

Wind Strength, Consistency, Wind Quality, Density

It gets Moderate (Up to 25 knots) It's windy Almost every day Super steady Warm wind

Water temp

Warm (You don't need a wetsuit)

Water conditions

Flat, Waves

Local riders

Suleiman Abdalla Hassan (Instructor at Kite at Nest) @proseleznz

Crowd factor

Too many water users around

Woo Record

15.2 by Simone Polato MPMcrew

Travel and life info

How easy is it to get there?

Easy to visit (< 2 hours from airport)

How do you get there?

Fly to Abeid Amani Karume International Airport and take a taxi from the city (Zanzibar City/Stone Town) to Paje or Jambiani. The drive takes roughly 1 hour and 10 minutes. DO NOT RENT A CAR!!! Police check points are everywhere and

Daily cost

Affordable ($20-50 /day)

Party Destination


Do you need a car?


Family friendly?


Other fun and activities

Surfing with Airborne Village
visit to Stone Town
Party at B4 or Coral Rock
local seaweed farmer tours
Cave Swimming
Catamaran rides with Zanzibar WaterSports

How easy is it to find cuddle company?


Internet Connectivity

Slow (can browse the web but it's painful)


Medium development (some accommodations; hotels; health services or shops)

Thanks to Mick Thunert for submiting the destination

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