ZANZIBAR is the largest of the archipelago of islands made up of Unguja, Pemba, Mafia and other smaller islands in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of mainland Tanzania. The archipelago and it's people have their own unique history and culture, influenced strongly by the traders and invaders over the centuries, from the Portuguese and Omani Arabs to the English.
Zanzibar is characterised by some of the most beautiful beaches found anywhere in the world, it's fringing coral reefs which are full of colourful, exotic marine life and the historic magic of Stone Town - said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa.
In resent years Zanzibar has become a Mecca for Kiteboarders who come for the consistent winds, warm, tropical waters and friendly, laid back island atmosphere.
The main spot on the island, Paje on the east coast is set against the stunning background of endless blue Indian Ocean, beautiful white beaches and an African village where the pace of life seemingly hasn't changed for generations.
This kite location is one of the finest in the world because it has it's own flat, shallow lagoon which not only ensures a fast and progressive learning curve for riders but also provides the ultimate training ground for intermediate or experience riders wanting to expand on their own riding technique.
There are two windy seasons in Zanzibar. December through to April a "Kaskasi" wind: from South to North which blows in parallel to the beach shore. It fluctuates between 11 and 22 knots everyday, with some day over 25+ knots. Downwinds are possible through almost the whole east of the island starting from the North (50km).
The other wind blows between June and October. The wind during this period is a "Kusini" wind: blowing from North to South in parallel to the beach shore. It fluctuates between 10 and 19 knots everyday, with some day over 20+ knots. Downwinds are possible through almost the whole east of the island starting from the South (50km).