Kitesurfing in Zanzibar: we have found paradise! Pearly white sandy beaches, 27 degree turquoise waters, palm trees, friendly people… But especially lovely kite conditions for every level. For beginners to freestylers there is flat shallow water all the way to the reef. And on the reef there are beautiful waves for the advanced wave kitesurfers among us. The coast of Zanzibar is building its reputation as a world class kiting paradise, but still keeps this atmosphere of being undiscovered and new. For Girlzactive it is a truly unique place to combine kitesurfing with relaxing and discovering the raw beauty of this relatively untouched island.
The perfect kiteboarding holiday
Our kiteboarding camp package has everything included. We take care of the accommodation in a luxurious beachfront hotel, with the kitesurf school and coffee bar on the same plot. You ‘roll’ from your room in to the pool or ocean and your gear will be ready on the beach. The coaches are 24/7 around at the accommodation for all your kiteboarding questions and make sure you don’t have to think about anything else than walking in your bikini to the spot. If it ever happens there is no wind, activities will be arranged, like your daily breakfast en diner. Do we need to say more? Join us at paradise!
Level : Beginner till advanced
Date : 11th till 25th of January 2019
Kite beach in the Indian Ocean
Zanzibar is a small but mostly idyllic holiday paradise just off the Tanzanian coast in the Indian Ocean. Here you can find beaches with palm trees and sand as white as on the pictures. The island has the most turquoise and crystal clear waters you have seen. Right in front of the kite centre in Paje there are two massive lagoons. The conditions vary by the tides, with flat water on both lagoons when it is low to middle tide, and beach kickers at high tide. Neap tide leaves us flat water all day. There is a reef 1.8 km away from the beach with clean 2-5 meter waves. This is the perfect place to get strapless or play on your twin tip. For enthusiasts we can organize epic downwinders along the reef, down the coast or out to exotic locations such as the island of Mnemba.
Kusi and Kaskazi are the prevailing winds on the island. From June to October the Kusi blows from the southeast. In December it is Kaskazi blowing from the northeast. The wind in Zanzibar is always side onshore. The best months for beginners are mid June to mid October and end of December to mid March. The best months for advanced riders are mid June to mid September and end of December/beginning of January to the end of February.
The average wind speed is around 16 knots, usually increasing late afternoon and early evening. The most commonly used kite sizes are 9-12 meters, with some occasional 7 meter kiting conditions. Of course it depends on your length, technique and bodyweight which kites you should bring.
The water temperature is always over 24 degrees Celsius. So leave your wetsuit at home :-)
Beautiful hotel at Paje
Paje, the village where we are staying, is an African village where the pace of life has not changed for over fifty years. The people are curious, friendly and welcoming. But most of all they teach us what we have lost long time ago in the rushed western world: ‘hakuna matata’ (meaning ‘no worries’ in the Swahili language) and ‘pole pole’ (‘take it slow’). Our small luxurious hotel is on the beach and has her own European kite centre. The accommodation is cozy and has friendly staff. It offers everything you need during your stay at Paje. There are 2 single rooms and 5 double / twin rooms available.
The restaurant serves breakfast between 8am and 10am. Breakfast is included in the kite camp package, as well as lunch and diner. The restaurant is open all day, so if you wish you can also order some extra treats for yourself. The choice of dishes vary from traditional Swahili food to western style meals. They are specialized in Coffee and Cake ;)
Lounge & bar
The hotel has an undisturbed lounge area next to the swimming pool. Here you can relax in the nice and comfy couches after a long day on the beach. Enjoy a cold drink, read a book, play a game with other guests or just listen to the sound of the waves.
Wireless internet is available in the restaurant area. Though we ask you for patience as power/electricity on Zanzibar can be unstable (don’t forget you are in Africa!). There is a computer that you may use to check your e-mail or if you really HAVE to read the latest news from home.
It is possible to have your laundry done at the guesthouse. Ask for prices at the reception. Depending on the weather you will have your clothes back the following day, all dry and clean.
Paje guided village tour
Girlzactive is very much involved in the local village. We are concerning the development of the village as well as its well-being. To meet and experience the local community we offer a free and guided tour through the village.
Flights are not included, but as always we are more than happy to help and advice you as we have done this trip already many times. There are different ways to get to Zanzibar, although we would recommend flying directly to the island and to avoid taking multiple airplanes or the ferry from Dar Es Salaam. The most popular airlines are TuiFly, Condor, Emirates, KLM and Kenya Airways (this also depends on your country of departure). Tuifly.be offers affordable flights departing from Brussels from €399,- on and also other airlines sometimes have affordable flights from Brussels.
Once arrived on Zanzibar, there will be a transfer ready arranged by us. You will arrive in Paje after approximately one hour of driving. Don’t forget to tell the driver to make a stop at an ATM, as there are only a few on the island. They are located in Stonetown and at the airport.
A visa is available upon arrival at the airport in Zanzibar for $ 50,-. Bring this in cash or with Credit Card!
1st coach of this kite camp: Vera Klabbers
Vera is the youngest of the team. She became Junior World Champion and European Champion in 2015 and got in 2nd at the Dutch Nationals in 2016. She works hard to be competing in the WKL (World Kiteboarding League). Girlzactive supports Vera so she is able to train all over the world. At the kite camp in Zanzibar she likes to share her passion with you and help you out on the water. She can learn you new tricks and help you with your gear. She will also be giving the yoga fit classes in the morning.
Maroean is the owner and founder of Girlzactive. She knows Zanzibar very well as she had been living on the island for a while. Besides being the host for this camp, IKO licensed instructor and coach, you can ask her everything about Girlzactive, all the trips and of course about your gear. She can write many stories on how great board sports are and all the ins and outs of the trips, but even more she is looking forward to meeting you in person on the trips and events. She would love to share her passion for board sports and the way of life that comes with it.
+ Accommodation in luxurious hotel in Paje
+ Daily breakfast, lunch & dinner
+ Transfer from the airport to accommodation v.v.
+ Paje village tour
+ Yoga fit lessons 3x per week
+ Stand up paddle board tour through the mangrove / snorkeling with a Dhow boat
+ Intermediate & advanced coaching 4x per week
+ Kite gear storage at the kite centre
+ Girlzactive crew available 24 hours
EXTRA OPTIONS TO BOOK
+ Kitesurf beginner course including equipment rental and IKO certificate: 9 hours € 290,-
+ Kitesurf beginner course 9 hours (as above) + 3 half days shared equipment rental: € 390,-
+ Kitesurf intermediate course: 6 hours € 290,-
+ Kitesurf private pro clinic (wave or trick): 2 hours € 110,- / 6 hours € 290,-
+ Kitesurf private lessons: € 75,- per hour
+ Kitesurf equipment rental: 7 days € 290,- / 14 days € 450,-
+ Private room (when still available): € 375,- per week
+ Private transfer one way (if you don’t want to wait for combined arrivals): € 35,-
+ Bring your own equipment (up to 32 kg, depending on airline)
+ Visa (available upon arrival at the airport for $ 50,-)
Mijn reis met Oceanbirdz naar Dakhla betekende kiteprogressie in een relaxte atmosfeer. Op de eerste dag was er een meeting met de coaches om te bespreken waar de doelen voor de reis lagen. Na de bespreking zijn we gelijk met mijn doelen aan de slag gegaan.
Toen ik aankwam in Dakhla kon ik als eerstejaars kitesurfer nog niet springen. Dankzij de begeleiding van coach Sander Bos kon ik na de eerste week behoorlijk springen! De landingen hadden nog wat oefening nodig, en Maroean heeft me hierbij in de tweede week bij begeleid.
De kleine coaching groepen en de persoonlijke aandacht helpen enorm om kleine aanpassingen in de techniek aan te brengen. Ook helpen de kleine groepen om je te gemotiveerd te houden om de progressie te maken waarvoor je komt. En natuurlijk is er de gezamenlijke lach om de onvermijdelijke faceplant :).
De mooie spot bij Dakhla Attiutude, de all-in formule waardoor je altijd voldoende (en gezonde) voeding hebt om te kunnen kiten én de service van de reisleiding zorgen ervoor dat de progressie tijdens de reis ontzettend hoog is. Omdat we 14 dagen wind hadden (en coaching!) heb ik na Dakhla echt even moeten bijkomen van deze fantastische reis!
Dakhla Progression Week One 2018 was really a great holiday for me, I made new (inter)national kitegirlfriends, much kitesurf progression, a lot of fun and had relaxing times, delicious fresh food and enjoyed the surroundings! The passionate, safe, joyful and flexible coaching from Vera, Kelly and Maroean made this week complete! Thnx kitegirls and coachies, see you soon on the water!!