When the trade winds (monsoon) that powered the sailboats of exotic merchants to Zanzibar return, so does our kiteboarding season!
Kiteboarding conditions are at their best from the End of December to mid March, and then again from June to begining of October.
The Wind & Air Temperature
Zanzibar experiences two different trade winds. From Mid May to October, Kusi blows from the south-east. This wind is quite consistent, and blows at an average speed of 18 knots. The wind is quite calm in the mornings and picks up later on in the day at around noon. By Mid afternoon it can be blowing 25 knots and is very consistent.
December to March Kaskazi blows from the north-east. The wind is always directed onshore. It’s a much stronger wind than that of the Kusi. The wind speed is between 15 to 30 knots. It is at its strongest in the morning and then again from mid afrternoon onwards.
It is ideal for riders, surfers and kitesurfers to go bewtween the beach and the reef as the wind blows on the shore side along.
Average air temperature is : 30.C \ 86 .F . Expect 18 - 25 knots average winds, increasing in the evening, but be prepared for the days of 30 knots. The more wind, the more waves.
The lagoon, which is east and sheltered by the reef, offers crystal-clear, flat, calm and shallow water. It is a close spot in zanzibar to acces waves off the reefs.
Nungwi is the only costal village in Zanzibar that does not farm seaweed, which eliminates the danger from concealed underwater canes. It also mean there are no sea urchins, and sticks during low tide around the lagoon making it the perfect spot to kitesurf!
The Reef/ Waves
TheEast Coast of Zanzibar has a fringing coral reef that runs parallel to the East Coast From the Southern most tip right up the coast of Nothern most tip of the Island.During the months of June to October.
Zanzibar gets large southern swells that push up from South Africa.
The reef just off Ras Nungwi kite beach has the best breaks with two super waves, one being a peak and the other being first right hander. The best time of the day to wave-surf are two hours of either low tides.
The swell can vary from 3ft to 8ft on big days. Your best bet is to be around during the low spring tides in the morning that generally last for
7days. This only apply to wave surfers/ riders, while kitesurfers ideal at any tidal situation.
ITS FAMOUS FOR BEAUTIFUL LAGOON THAT HAS NO SEAWEED STICKS.
Pwani Mchangani Lagoon (Teaching Spot)
Ras Nungwi Lagoon (Teaching spot)
Paje kite Lagoon (Teaching spot)