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Sambava is a town and district on the east coast of Madagascar and the capital of the Sambava and Sava region. The population of the town of Sambava and district was 321,058 in 2015.

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Almost half of the population in the Sambava region live from farming and raising livestock. The most common acricultures are vanilla, coconut and rice farming. Sambava, along with Antalaha, is the centre of vanilla production and the source of much of the world's vanilla export.

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Activities include a visit to the Lopat vanilla factory to learn about traditional vanilla production, the Center for Learning and Understanding English (CLUE) and the large bazary kely marketplace.

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The town has a stunning beach with sometimes with huge and dangerous waves. Every Sunday there is a big beach party including various events, such as cockfighting, dance competitions and kickboxing tournaments. Nearby excursions include a taxi-brousse drive to Nosiarina and from thereon a 5-hour boat ride by pirogue up-river to Amboahangibe. Alternatively, catch a lift with one of the cargo boats used to transport vanilla pickers during the harvesting season. Marojejy National Park can be reached by road from Sambava.

Dance contest at the weekly Sambava beach party

A domestic airport is located approximately 2km from the town centre with flights connecting Antananarivo, Toamasina (Tamatave), Maroantsetra and Diego Suarez. Scheduled flights are operated by Air Madagascar and Madagasikara Airways.


Vanilla exporters



Sambava Beach


Hotels and restaurants

Mimi Hotel or Resto Mimi (16 rooms, 4 bungalows)
Tel: +261 (0)32 0761028 or +261 (0)32 04028855

La Paillotte - Chez Jo (4 bungalows)
Tel: +261 (0)20 88 998 94 or +261 (0)32 21 221 21 (mobile)

Las Palmas (6 bungalows, 3 rooms)
Tel: +261 (0)20 8892087 / +261 (0)32 4007372

Hotel l’Ambassadeur - Chez Zoé
Tel: +261 (0)32 0292745 or +261 (0)32 0211347

Hotel Orchidea Beach II
Tel: +261 (0)32 0438377

Tel: +261 032 0246621

Hôtel Cantonnais
Tel: N/A

Hôtel Carrefour
Tel: +261 8892060 or +261 8892322

Hotel Melrose
Tel: +261 33 1457479 or cellphone: +261 (0)32 04572

Hôtel Paradis
Tel: +261 208892297 or +261 324012689

Hôtel la Romance de Jupiter
Tel (cellphone): +261 (0)32 0463389

Hotel Noumea
Tel: +261 032 0263586


Sambava Newsfeed

La Chine est incontournable selon le Premier ministre - Madagascar ... - Madagascar Tribune
22-Sep-2017 06:30
A 'sadya', served by police officers - The Hindu - The Hindu
03-Sep-2017 01:01
Sambava - Madagascar: Wind Storm Situation as of 10/03/2017 ... - ReliefWeb
15-Mar-2017 02:00
Wild times as Madagascar rides vanilla price bubble - Borneo Bulletin - Borneo Bulletin Online
25-Aug-2017 09:41
2017 Senggigi Sunset Jazz Continues the Jazz Tradition - Netralnews
11-Sep-2017 16:10
Enda 'Ungu' hingga Syaharani Tampil di Senggigi Sunset Jazz Hari Ini - (Siaran Pers) (Pendaftaran) (Blog)
23-Sep-2017 05:44
Une mère et son enfant fauchées - L'Express de Madagascar
07-Sep-2017 07:08
Echos des régions - NewsMada - Les Actus De Madagascar
01-Sep-2017 08:01
Corpo de Rogéria é velado no Rio de Janeiro - Portal Uai (liberação de imprensa) (Assinatura) (Blogue)
05-Sep-2017 22:33
Over 10000 displaced as Enawo cyclone hits Madagascar - Press TV
09-Mar-2017 17:18


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