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7 Days Beginner Kite Surf Camp in the Beautiful Lagoon in Zanzibar, Tanzania

Guided Surf Camp in Tanzania

Have you always had kite surfing in your mind and were you just waiting for the right time to try it out? You are in the right place. You will have an entire week to concentrate on your kitesurfing abilities, moving from being a pure beginner to being able to confidently ride downwind. Your instructor will teach you all you need to know to safely kitesurf. You will start with the basics and, if the conditions allow, you will end your week with a short downwind trip. You will love the people you meet, kite surfers are easy going and fun to be with. The white sandy beach and the beautiful lagoon where you will be is among the best kitesurfing spots in the world. Get yourself here and learn to ride with confidence!

Highlights

  • 12 hours of kitesurfing
  • Complimentary kitesurf equipment
  • An experienced IKO-certified instructor
  • Transfers from or to ferry / airport
  • Transport to the surfing spots
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Daily breakfasts

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, Italian, English
The maximum participants in the group is 4

Airport transfer included: Abeid Amani Karume International Airport

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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Bar
  • Restaurant

During this surf camp, you can choose to stay in Palm Inn, Mustapha's Palace, or Fountaine Garden Village Hotel.

Palm Beach Inn

Located in the beach town of Bweeju, Palm Inn is an accommodation equipped with a bar, free parking, internet access, lounge, restaurant, and a swimming pool.

Mustapha's Palace

Mustapha's is not about hot water and television, it is not about hot tubs and tennis courts, it is about the luxury of nature. If you want to wake up in a coral-walled bungalow, surrounded by vibrant bougainvillea and fragrant frangipani, and walk down to the breathtaking Turquoise Ocean and soft white sands of Bwejuu beach, then come to Mustapha's. The rooms, restaurant, and bar are funky, comfortable, and original. There is always a good mix of travelers from all the countries of the world and locals who enjoy the relaxed ambience of Mustapha's. If you like to meet new people, exchange ideas, and experience the real Zanzibar, this is the place for you.

Dreamt up by Mustapha almost a decade ago, and brought into reality by him and his close friend Culture, now managing the place, this is one of the most long-standing hotels in the area. It is also one of the few that is both locally owned and managed. It is popular with everyone who likes a rustic local vibe, backpackers, families, honeymooners, and older travelers. The only rule is that you must relax, Karibu! This property is one minute's walk from the beach.

Fountaine Garden Village Hotel

Fontaine Garden Village is a family place to stay in a beach area, 36 kilometers away from Kichwele Forest Reserve. The city center is 10 minutes' walk from the property. Fontaine Garden Village provides 12 guestrooms appointed with free Wi-Fi, a minibar, LCD TV, a safe, and a dining area for a pleasant stay in Bwejuu. They offer shared bathrooms with a shower, a bidet, and bath sheets. The restaurant serves international dishes. Fontaine Garden Village can be reached in 40 minutes by car from Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ). Comforts like free self-parking and a safe deposit box are provided on site. Fontaine Garden Village offers such leisure options as a swimming pool and barbeque grills. This property is five minutes’ walk from the beach.

Coconuts Kite Surf Camp Tanzania Program

To start your adventure in this paradise, Coconuts Kite will pick you up from the airport or the ferry when you arrive in Zanzibar, or from the location where you started your holiday. Then you will be taken to your accommodation and will be briefed on the course and the other optional activities. The day after, you will start your activities always based on the weather conditions. Coconuts Kite will take care of the transportation from your hotel to the location where the instruction will take place. Coconuts Kite welcomes groups and families. It is a lot of fun to learn kitesurfing with your dear ones. The instructors have a lot of experience and will be able to make you fall in love with this beautiful sport and this beautiful island. By the end of your 12 hours tuition, you will be able to ride downwind supervised.

Step by step guide to kitesurfing

Step 1: The trainer kite

The trainer kite is a small but powerful kite which will start giving you a hint of the pull you can get from a bigger kite. During the first one and a half to two hours, you will learn to pilot it on the beach, including launching, landing, and the clock system. All the piloting will later be repeated with a bigger kite in the water.

Step 2: Kite control

The next step in learning how to kitesurf is based on the piloting of the sail in the water. You will have full gear, the kite which you would use to ride, bar, and harness. Just the board is still missing, because first, you need to gain full confidence in controlling the kite, including holding it with one hand only to be able to grab the board and wear it with the other hand.

Step 3: Body-dragging

Once you have gained the desired confidence in piloting the kite, you will do one of the most fun activities of the entire course: body dragging. Body dragging, as the word itself says, is a technique of piloting the kite which allows you to be physically dragged by it. Body dragging will be practiced both downwind and upwind and it is a safety maneuver which you will use to go back to shore if you lose the board as well as to go look for the board itself. If you are familiar with sailing, you will pretty much apply the same techniques you use in the man overboard exercise, reaching out to the point (the man overboard for a boat or the board when kitesurfing) in sequential steps.

Step 4: Water start

Once you have proved to be independent in the piloting of the kite as well as in the body dragging maneuvers in case of problems, you are ready to try your first water starts. First of all, your instructor will explain to you what position to have in regards to the board, with both legs bent the same so that you will avoid turning around yourself when playing the kite to prompt your water start. You are now fully independent in the piloting of the kite, including with one hand only. In fact, when water starting, you will need one hand to position the board while the other hand keeps the kite in position at the center of the wind window, at 12 o’clock. How to gain the power to make you stand on the board? Once again, the clock is paramount in the discussion. Let’s say you want to go to the right. The wind comes from your back and you are properly positioned with the kite at 12 o’clock. Kneel down in the water or float keeping the kite with one hand. Grab the board with the other and insert your feet in the straps. Stay in position, float, and relax. Now you are ready to try your first water start. Play the kite at 11 o’clock and then quickly go to two o’clock (one if the wind is stronger, three if the wind is weaker). When the kite reaches two o’clock, you will feel a pull and that is the time when you have to help yourself on the board. Front leg straight, back leg bent. Yes, it is not so easy, but attempt after attempt, you will manage!

Instructors

Emanuel Zabron Wagazu
IKO Level 1 (Kiteboard Instructor)
Emanuel, nicknamed Zabron Kite, is the main instructor and is originally from Tanga, mainland Tanzania. Emanuel has over 7 years experience kite surfing and has been teaching students from all over the world both in Tanzania and in South Africa. He has experience with light and strong winds as well as with waves and both shallow and deep water and can guarantee an amazing learning experience for all students. Advanced students can benefit from some coaching for tricks and jumps. Emanuel is IKO certified.

Location

The surf camp will take place in Zanzibar, Tanzania. The lesson will take place between Bwejuu and Paje, on the South East coast of Zanzibar. It is a great location that is perfect for beginners: huge lagoon and shallow water.

Food

You will be served breakfast every morning. The hotel offers a good choice of local and international food, and in the vicinity, there are other restaurants should you want to try something different. Just ask for recommendations. On request, Coconuts Kite can also organize a seafood barbecue which will make you never want to leave this place.

Being on an island, you can imagine that seafood is the most common food available here. You can find tuna, lobsters, king prawns, octopus, calamari, all coming from just outside your doorsteps. Meat is also readily available and so is chicken. Pork and its derivate can only be found in certain foreign resorts as Zanzibar is a Muslim community. Cheese is not locally produced and it is hard to find, and expensive of course. In Stone Town, it is virtually possible to buy anything you want, but you have to pay for them. Import taxes are very high, especially when it comes to spirits.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Coconuts Kite offers (for an additional price) excursions to the most beautiful corners of the island, such as spice tour, Stone Town, Jozani forest, Safari Blue, sunset mangroves cruise, quad trip, etc. Zanzibar also has a lot of activities to choose from. Coconuts Kite will brief you on what they can organize for you once you arrive at the location. You are welcome to get in touch with them upfront so that they can get everything ready even before your arrival. Coconuts Kite can also organize massages as well as hair braiding on request.

What's included

  • 12 hours of kitesurfing course (either in a group or private)
  • Kitesurfing equipment
  • An experienced instructor
  • Transport to kitesurfing spots from the hotel
  • Transport from or to ferry or Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ)
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

What's not included

  • Any extra activity (paid on location)

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Coconuts Kite will pick you up from the airport.

Zanzibar has an international airport served by several European and Middle Eastern airlines. There are also a number of charter flights operated through tour agencies which reach the island. The airport is not far from Stone Town, in the West part of the island and it takes approximately 1.5 hours by car to reach the East coast.

Arrival by ferry / boat

A second option to reach Zanzibar is by the Azam ferry (Coconuts Kite does not recommend any of the other options available as there have been accidents and they are not considered safe). The ferry departs from Dar es Salaam port and reaches Stone Town. Dar es Salaam is served by most of the major airlines and it is a convenient arrival point especially if you are planning to visit the national parks in the mainland.

Airport: Abeid Amani Karume International Airport Airport transfer included: Abeid Amani Karume International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 14 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 3 days before arrival.
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This surf camp is available all year round but closed from April 15 until May 31. Please select an arrival date below.

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