Histone variants are key components of the epigenetic code and evolved to perform specific functions in transcriptional regulation, DNA repair, chromosome segregation and other fundamental processes. H2B.Z is a rare, apicomplexan-specific variant of histone H2B. Here we show that in Plasmodium falciparum H2B.Z localises to euchromatic intergenic regions throughout intraerythrocytic development and together with H2A.Z forms a double-variant nucleosomes subtype. These nucleosomes are enriched in promoters over 3’ intergenic regions and their occupancy generally correlates with the strength of the promoter, but not with its temporal activity. Remarkably, H2B.Z occupancy levels exhibit a clear correlation with the base-composition of the underlying DNA, raising the intriguing possibility that the extreme AT-content of the intergenic regions within the Plasmodium genome might be instructive for histone variant deposition. In summary, our data shows that the H2A.Z/H2B.Z double-variant nucleosome demarcates putative regulatory regions of the P. falciparum epigenome and likely provides a scaffold for dynamic regulation of gene expression in this deadly human pathogen. Genome-wide localization of H2B.Z has been studied at three stages of intraerythrocytic development by Illumina sequencing of chromatin-immunoprecipitated and input DNA.