Discover a kitesurfing paradise in Paje, Zanzibar. It does not only sound good, it is good! At the doorstep of our kitesurf Hotel in Zanzibar lies a world-class kite spot. This spot is suitable for every level, from beginner to advanced. Our Kitesurf Hotel opened in December 2015 and was built to make your holiday in Zanzibar one big kitesurfing success.
Are you looking for an active kitesurfing holiday in a remote and beautiful island in the Indian Ocean? Travel with us to the astonishing Zanzibar and experience the African ambiance with KiteActive. Our qualified kitesurf coaches and instructors are experts about Zanzibar and will guarantee your kitesurfing holiday to be a breathtaking adventure!
The kitesurfing conditions on Zanzibar are suitable for all levels: from new beginners to hardcore kitesurf experts. The best kite months are January through mid-February, June and July. These seasons are when the El Nino and El Nina blow through the surf town of Paje. Often, there is a minimum of 12 knots which increases in the afternoon to 16 knots. The temperature of the water exceeds 24 degrees Celsius year-round which means you can leave your wetsuit at home!
Furthermore, Zanzibar has many more beautiful places waiting to be discovered. You can catch downwinders along the reef where you can race dolphins, or you can try wave-kiting on the most challenging waves in Zanzibar. On top of this, you can join trick clinics in the island’s remote lagoons or on the stunning palm beaches for a new type of thrill. Discover the surprises that kitesurfing island of Zanzibar offers!
The African village of Paje is the kitesurf place to be in Zanzibar. It has pearl white sand beaches with shallow, crystal clear water. One and a half kilometers from the shore you will find a reef where the best waves of the island roll in and nothing is in your way except some dolphins :). The wind blows onshore from the right side in the summer and from the left in the winter. At low tide, you will find a breathtaking lagoon in front of our guesthouse which is perfect for calm water freestyle action or enthusiastic kitesurfing beginners.
Zanzibar is surrounded by small islands, especially to the south. If you feel the need for a different type of adventure, the Blue Safari is an exciting trip and a “must-do” experience while in Zanzibar. You will embark on a local boat and sail through a dolphin-rich area where you’ll venture to a beautiful sandbank. Here you will discover our most remote, yet rewarding kitesurf spot!
Level: all levels, perfect for beginner.
Water: 25 C Boardshort needed! Flat water spot
Groupsize: You will arrive in the KiteActive guesthouse
Accommodation in KiteActive Guesthouse
Professional instructors & tour guides
Every day a clean room
Ensuite bathroom, mosquito net & lockers
Zanzibar is our first destination with a KiteActive-exclusive guesthouse. The location of the KiteActive guesthouse in Zanzibar is ideal, as it is within walking distance of the Kite Centre, the kitesurfing beach, supermarkets, restaurants and a lively beach-bar!
As for the accommodation itself, in our guesthouse you will be joined by other kitesurfers and our professional instructors. The house offers spacious rooms with twin-size and double-size beds (mosquito net included). Each room has its own en-suite shower and toilet. If you wish, the option to have your own room is available, which can be noted when you book (NOTICE: this includes extra costs). However, if not stated, it is possible you will be accompanied by another KiteActive guest in your room.
Furthermore, there are several communal spaces and terraces where you can hang out and relax. Here, you can meet other kiters and make friends for a lifetime or simply unwind and enjoy the sounds of the sea washing on shore.
Finally, when it comes to food, our local chef Futuma prepares delicious meals every evening so there is no need to worry about figuring out your own dinners!
For years we have collaborated with the number one kite school in Zanzibar, Kite Centre Zanzibar, which is located close to our guesthouse on Paje Beach. You can expect to find motivated KiteActive and Kite Centre instructors who teach you kitesurfing safely. Furthermore, you will get a taste of the authentic Zanzibar local life: the welcoming Zanzibaris in the area are eager to share with us what we have forgotten in our fast-moving world: Hakuna Matata (“no worries” in Swahili) and Pole Pole (“take it easy”). Zanzibar holds special opportunities for everyone: from the extreme kite surfing enthusiasts to families who are looking for a relaxing holiday, everyone will be able to enjoy themselves here. We look forward to your stay with KiteActive that is full of new experiences!
SURROUNDINGS & ACTIVITIES
Zanzibar is full of astonishing activities and new experiences. Kitesurfers, for example, can surf downwinders or improve themselves with our trick clinics. Are you looking for an opportunity to advance your kitesurfing talent? Do you want to test out our different kites? Or have a go on a surfboard? It is all possible during your holiday at KiteActive! Not a kitesurfer? You can simply play in the waves or enjoy the sunset on your own SUP board. Additionally, you can journey to the mainland on safari or book one of our own tours including the Blue Safari, the Spice Tour and the Dolphin Tour. You can book these tours on location.
➡ SUP tours (wave mangrove sunset)
➡ Wave surfing on Zanzibar
➡ A safari on the mainland of Tanzania
➡ Blue safari, dolphin tour, spice tour, Mnemba tour
➡ Fish with local fisherman on the sea on a traditional Dhow
➡ Discover the capital of Zanzibar: Stone Town
How do I book a trip?
Booking a trip is very easy. Send us an e-mail, call us, WhatsApp us or come by the headquarters. You can tell us how badly you want to join our trip :). As soon as you book, we will make a reservation for you within 10 days. After the reservation, a down payment is required (25% of the total). Hereafter, you are assured the trip of your dreams.
You can cancel your booking for free up until 2 days after your booking. After 2 days canceling your booking will involve costs.
You can still cancel your booking for free till 2 days after your booking. After this period there will be costs included if you cancel.
Who will be in my group?
Our groups range from young to old and often include a balance between males and females! Usually, the group is between 20 and 45 years old. You can expect a variety of skill levels in your group: besides teaching beginners, we also give tips and tricks to advanced kitesurfers. On top of this, we offer group activities in which you are free to choose whether you’d like to participate or not. With some destinations, it could be possible that you will have to share a big room with other KiteActive guests. However, this will be notified to you. In advance, you might be able to see who attends your trip on Facebook events. In Zanzibar we have our first own guesthouse, meaning you can expect the groups to be bigger than usual. Additionally, people from different countries can stay with us!
What is the level of this destination?
This destination is for all skill levels! From beginner to advanced, everyone will be able to enjoy themselves using a kite. You can learn in the shallow water or go crazy on the lagoons. It all depends on you!
What precautions do I have to take? Vaccinations?
It is essential to have received all the necessary vaccinations. It is highly recommended to contact your doctor and discuss which precautions must be taken for your trip.
Regardless of your duration of stay, the vaccines preventing the following diseases are recommended: a vaccine preventing DTaP (Diphtheria, tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis), Hepatitis A, yellow fever and MMR (Measles, Mumps & Rubella).
When traveling to Tanzania, if you come from any destination other than Europe, having received a vaccination preventing yellow fever is mandatory!
However, don’t take our word for it and do your own research or contact a doctor. As some vaccines take several weeks to take effect, make sure this is settled well in time before your holiday begins. Also, it is essential to bring your vaccination booklet!
Besides vaccinations, you’ll also need to bring $50 in cash, as you’ll need this to pay for a visa upon landing at Zanzibar airport. To fill in the documents for a visa, it’ll save you time to bring a pen as well. Additionally, bringing sunglasses, sunblock and perhaps a hat are quite essential.
What is the wind like in Zanzibar?
The wind in Zanzibar is infamous among the kitesurfing world. The wind seasons are from June until September and from December until March. The wind varies each season: we have encountered seasons in which we used our 9 m2 kites every day. However, we have also had seasons in which some days barely had any wind. This is all reliant on mother nature. However, don’t be afraid of having barely any kitesurfing hours, because in general, you will be able to boost your kite up and down and enjoy lots of hours on the water!
What else can I do in Zanzibar other than kitesurfing?
Besides kitesurfing, you can visit Paje. This is a perfect place to learn diving or just enjoy and relax on the beach. In the evening you can always have a drink with your co-kiters in the local bars or resorts. Among the nice parties in the resorts, you’ll also be able to visit a huge beach party at the Jambo bar every Friday. See Surrounding & activities for more.
Can I rent a scooter or a car?
Yes, you can rent a car for +/- $40,- a day and a motorcycle for +/- $30,- a day. However, we recommend novice drivers not to rent a car, as people in Zanzibar drive on the left and usually drive in a quite aggressive manner. In case you do want to drive, bring your international driver’s license so you don’t have to bribe the police every time.
What currency is used in Zanzibar?
The currency used in Zanzibar is the Tanzanian Shilling (TZS). However, usually you can pay with Dollars as well and in some rare cases even with Euros. As the courses between these currencies and the Tanzanian Shilling fluctuate, you’ll often find yourself paying more using Dollars and Euros, rather than using Shilling. Using this knowledge, we recommend bringing both Dollars and Shillings on your trip.
Located in both Paje and in the capital Stonetown is an ATM. Here, you can use both a credit card and a debit card to obtain Shilling. However, as the ATM is often empty, we recommend to bring enough cash with you for the entire trip.
Do I have to book my own flight?
A flight is not included and so you will have to book your own flight to Zanzibar Kisauni airport. However, our team can certainly help to find the perfect flight for you. Although this will cost an extra €35,- service fee. Tell us your date, budget and preferences (duration/leg space/transfer) through e-mail and we will book the best flight for you.
Do I need to have a visa?
A visa is required. It, however, can be bought on arrival at the airport for (US) $50,-. Make sure to bring enough Dollars with you, as well as a pen to fill in the documents. This will save you time!
My flight goes to Dar es Salaam, how do I get to Zanzibar from here?
From the airport of Dar es Salaam you can fly for +/- $80,- to Zanzibar (40 min). Or you can take a taxi to the ferry for +/- $30,- (30 min) and proceed to use the ferry to sail to Zanzibar for $35,- (3 hours). In case of emergency or problems, you can always contact our hotline on the top of this page or communicate with the local contact person.