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Kitesurfing in Tanzania has much more to offer than incredible beaches and enviable weather; Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro, … The names roll off the tongue like a roster call of Africa’s most alluring destinations, all packed into one country. Resonating with hints of the wild and exotic, these four alone are reason enough to justify packing your bag and heading off to dive in Tanzania. If you are lucky you can kitesurf beside the reef accompanied by dolphins and a wide variety of species while glancing at the sea bed through the turquoise color waters. Off the water relaxing on Zanzibar’s quiet beaches makes an ideal choice for a romantic kitesurfing holiday.

Tanzania generally has a warm tropical climate with humid weather year round. Temperatures are generally around 30 °C during the day and still above 20 °C at night at most places around the coast and on Zanzibar as well as places more south and west. In the central and central north though conditions are somewhat different with temperatures during the day slightly lower during the cooler June to September period, but a bit higher in the hot December to February period.

The central parts of the country have a totally dry time during these months as well, whereas the coastal areas and Zanzibar never are entirely dry. Instead, they have a long wet season from March to May with April being the wettest month. It can rain for several days on end, whereas during the short wet period from late October to early December rain usually comes in late afternoon downpours. Note that some parts like the Ngorongoro Crater Rim and the higher parts of the Kilimanjaro mountain never get really hot.

Ask your travel health expert (e.g. GP, practice nurse or travel clinic) before your trip to provide you with up to date information and vaccines to ensure your travels are safe and enjoyable. It is vital to ensure that all members of your party have adequate health and travel insurance cover, which includes cover for cancellation and any ‘higher risk’ activities you are likely to take part in.

You will need to ensure you have correct documentation for your holiday including a full passport valid for the minimum period required from the date of departure from Tanzania. You may also require a visa.

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Zanzibar is a stunning island with white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, making a holiday to Zanzibar the perfect place for relaxation. The South East coast is home to some of the finest beaches in the world, boasting an amazing coral reef that runs the length of the coast and is ideal for snorkelling and diving. In recent years this area has become very popular with Kitesurfers with the best wind from December to March and then also in July - September. There are now a number of hotels in the South East with on-site Kitesurf centers offering all levels of instruction and safety support.

There is so much to see and do in Zanzibar and Tanzania, however it can be quite a complex location to plan independently. Luckily Planet have first-hand experience in this part of the world and we are experts and constructing tailor-made itineraries to fit your interests, budget and time frame.

There is a good range of accommodation in Zanzibar from small boutique beach hotels to luxury resort & spa properties. Zanzibar if a great location for those looking for a combination of luxury and adventure with great kitesurfing!


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