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 Post subject: Kitesurfing Zanzibar
PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 7:23 pm 
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We're planning a trip for 2012, 2nd week of January to be more precise.
Anybody been there? Advice? For Intermediate and advance intermediate rider.
Hotels/food? I heard many different stories about them, we'd rather pay a bit more and have less surprises altough we know this is still Africa!
How about safety, to travel around, not kiting.
Recommended ariline, since we always travel with ourgear. Some I know are less hassle(no charge) than others.
Oh yes travellling from Canada.
Thanks for your input.


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 Post subject: Re: Kitesurfung Zanzibar
PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 2:48 am 
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Just been there at the end of October. It was right at the end of the season so didn't get much time on the water but it was awesome when I did. Make sure you pick the right time which probably would be August/ September.
Super smooth warm water/winds, and only a couple of other kites to share it with! I wish I could go back there.
We stayed at Bellevue Zanzibar in Paje which is on the East Coast. The Bellevue is a guesthouse owned by a Dutch couple who are very nice. It was very nice and intimate place to stay for a good price. There is no nitelife there though. Dim who is one of the managers, owns Kitecenter on Paje beach. He does lessons and gear hire and will drive you to the kite beach. Check out http://www.kitecentrezanzibar.com.
Also while your up there ask about the restaurant on the rock island. Can't remeber what it is called but absolutely amazing spot if you don't mind spending a little dosh for lunch.
We also stayed is Ras Nungwi (North point) for a few days but no kiting there however very nice place to stay.
Safety, like any African country as long as you have your wits about you there will be no problems. Take care at night in Stonetown. We ran into some drunk that wanted to start a fight for refusing to buy his bracelets he was selling. We just kept walking and there was no trouble.
Have fun planning and while you're over that way you should go on a Safari in Tanzania or Kenya.


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 Post subject: Re: Kitesurfung Zanzibar
PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 8:07 am 
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You better chech the earlier forums with the keyword "zanzibar"


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 Post subject: Re: Kitesurfung Zanzibar
PostPosted: Sun Dec 26, 2010 11:56 am 
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BUMP.
I was also thinking of heading there in August. So keep the advice coming very interested.


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 Post subject: Re: Kitesurfung Zanzibar
PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 1:26 am 
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Great kiteboarding video in Zanzibar by Jeremie Tronet


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 Post subject: Re: Kitesurfung Zanzibar
PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 6:05 am 
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Staatik wrote:
You better chech the earlier forums with the keyword "zanzibar"

yes I did , but did not find the specifics I wanted.
I need info regarding a combination of very decent hotel (even if I have to pay a bit more)+ kiting conditions, I read someplaces can be tricky depending on the tide. North easter is not as affected by tides, apparently.
So that's why I am asking.


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 Post subject: Re: Kitesurfung Zanzibar
PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2010 6:10 pm 
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droptine wrote:
Staatik wrote:
You better chech the earlier forums with the keyword "zanzibar"

yes I did , but did not find the specifics I wanted.
I need info regarding a combination of very decent hotel (even if I have to pay a bit more)+ kiting conditions, I read someplaces can be tricky depending on the tide. North easter is not as affected by tides, apparently.
So that's why I am asking.


Talk to Jan at http://www.airbornekitecentre.com/
He can help you with mostly everything and is a very nice guy. Been in both Kenya and Zanzibar and both places is very nice. Have a nice trip!


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 Post subject: Re: Kitesurfung Zanzibar
PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2010 7:32 pm 
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I can direct you to some people that was there for 4 weeks in dec/jan last year. They got one day with wind.
You should REALLY check the wind stats !!


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 Post subject: Re: Kitesurfung Zanzibar
PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 8:08 am 
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It is really a risky place. Concidering kiteing. It is nice place for real chill with beer and friends and some kiteing but if you would like to put the kiteing-thing on the first or second place, you should IMO check some other places.


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 Post subject: Re: Kitesurfung Zanzibar
PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 1:25 pm 
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Zanzibar is a nice place with flat/choppy water inside the reef and nice clean waves with the reef. I was there in jan this year and it was safe. Hakuna matata!


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