Beautiful white sand beach of Jambiani in Sansibar

Jambiani Kitesurf Spot in Zanzibar

Africa Kiteboard Spot in Tanzania

Jambiani offers basically the same conditions as nearby Paje but without the crowds, making it an ideal kitesurf holiday destination. With two wind seasons meaning wind for kitesurfing 8 months of the year, and a mix of a large flat water lagoon and waves on the reef, it’s no surprise Jambiani is growing in popularity among kitesurfers. If you want crystal blue water, warm enough to kitesurf in board shorts and t shirt, flat water at low tide and waves at high tide, then this is the place for you! Add to that a pretty decent food and drink scene locally and you’ve got a perfect recipe for your next kiteboarding trip.

Jambiani Kitesurf season

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beginner, island, choppy

Jambiani Kitesurfing wind conditions

The wind blows side shore here in both seasons, just from opposite directions. The Kuzi wind blows from mid May until September and can get up to 25 knots, while the Kaskazi blows from December until March and maxes out around 20 knots. Both seasons offer really ideal conditions, just keep an eye on the tide when you are booking as it makes a difference here. At high tide the beach and therefore the kite launching area is a little smaller, and the water in the lagoon can be a little choppier, with the bigger waves out on the reef. At low tide the lagoon is a lot flatter and shallower, which is the perfect time for anyone learning to kitesurf.

  • body wear

    • board shorts
  • downwinder

    • Yes
  • ride type

    • freeride
    • freestyle
    • wakestyle
    • wave
  • skill level

    • beginner
    • intermediate
    • advanced
    • professional
  • spot type

    • island
    • lagoon
    • ocean
  • starting area

    • sandy beach
  • water condition

    • choppy
    • flat water
    • medium wave
  • wind daytime

    • all day

Wind Stats for Jambiani Kiteboarding

Around the Kiteboarding Spot Jambiani

If you are keen for a day off from kitesurfing to rest your aching muscles, Jambiani offers some incredible diving and snorkelling options, with schools/centres in Jambiani itself or in Paje only a few km away. Paje is a bit busier and offers more of a party scene if you fancy drinking and dancing into the small hours of the night. Fresh fish is very good here for dinner and there are plenty of options nearby.

For some culture Stone Town is the capital of Zanzibar and a UNESCO world heritage site, so well worth a visit on a rest day. Another option is to do a spice tour, and learn why Zanzibar is nicknamed ‘Spice Island’, or just relax in a hammock and soak in the local vibe. 

  • camper parking

    • Not allowed, but possible
  • car parking

    • Nearby
  • emergency

    • A rescue service
  • has toilet

    • Yes

How to get to Jambiani and how to bring it about while you're there

Fly into Zanzibar airport (ZNZ) and get a taxi from there to Jambiani or rent a car and drive yourself 38km to the spot. In Jambiani itself you can rent a car, scooter or bicycle, or taxis are also cheap. Everything is reasonably close together, so you can easily get around.

  • accommodation

    • at the spot
  • public transport

    • Mellow
  • rental cars

    • Not recommended


Take around 100 US Dollar with you for visa at Tanzania border. But be careful with the wooden poles in the water where seaweed is caught to dry by locals. These should be widely avoided.

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Wind Forecast for Jambiani Kitesurfing


Jambiani is renowned for its exceptional kitesurfing conditions, offering two main wind seasons that provide optimal kiteboarding opportunities for about 8 months of the year. The Kuzi wind, blowing from mid-May to September, can reach speeds of up to 25 knots, while the Kaskazi wind, from December to March, can get up to 20 knots. The spot features a large flat water lagoon for smooth rides and waves on the reef for those seeking a challenge. Do pay attention to the tides, as they can significantly affect the conditions. At low tide, you'll find flat, shallow waters perfect for beginners, while high tide brings choppier waters in the lagoon and bigger waves at the reef.