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Sambava is a town and district on the east coast of Madagascar and the capital of the SAVA region.

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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 and Andapa, is the centre of vanilla production and the source of most of the world's vanilla export.

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Activities include a visit to a vanilla plantation and one of the many processing facilities to learn about traditional vanilla production, a guided tour of the Soavoanio coconut plantation, a visit to Antogopahitra (a small boat across the creek leaves behind Maison Ravilo at Antaimby).

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Every Friday, there is an extended market with various clothing stands appearing on the road between the central taxi-brousse station and the beach. Every Sunday starting early afternoon close to Las Palmas Hotel there is a big beach party including dance competitions and occasionally Moraingy tournaments.

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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 Tsaradia and occasionally Madagasikara Airways.

Transport to/from Sambava

Scheduled flight connections are opereted by Madagasikara Airways and Air Madagascar.


Vanilla exporters


Restaurants, cafes and bars


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Hotels and restaurants

Bar Bleue
Outdoors dinner restaurant

Hotel Carrefour
Tel: +261 (0) 20 889 2060

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

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

Hotel le Giroflier
Tel: +261 32 97 792 10


Map of Sambava

Sambava Newsfeed

Tsaradia to resume operations on 01-Sep-2020 | CAPA - CAPA - Centre for Aviation
25-Aug-2020 07:00
Sambava - Madagascar: Wind Storm Situation as of 10/03/2017, Grading Map - Madagascar - ReliefWeb
15-Mar-2017 07:00
Tropical Cyclone Herold forms off the coast of Madagascar - Al Jazeera English
14-Mar-2020 07:00
Barber shops refuse service to Chakkiliyan community; govt takes action: A look at Kerala's caste system - Times Now
15-Sep-2020 11:28
How fortunes are being made and lost in Madagascar's vanilla boom - ABC News
21-Jan-2019 08:00
Madagascar: Tropical Cyclone Enawo/Ava - Final Report (MDRMG012) - Madagascar - ReliefWeb
20-Apr-2020 07:00
Alphabet of Dalit pride: Reviving Sambava, a ‘secret’ ancient language - The News Minute
23-Oct-2018 07:00
Bare Knuckle Bouts in Madagascar? ‘It Is About More Than the Fighting’ - The New York Times
05-Nov-2018 08:00
Precious as Silver, Vanilla Brings Cash and Crime to Madagascar - The New York Times
30-Aug-2018 07:00
Tropical Cyclone Herold drenches northeastern Madagascar - UPI News
16-Mar-2020 07:00
Most Popular Ice Cream's Legal History Isn't So Plain Vanilla - Bloomberg Law
21-Apr-2020 07:00
Madagascan gold: meet the vanilla hustlers – in pictures - The Guardian
31-Mar-2018 07:00
Madagascar Lashed by Rain, Wind from Cyclone Enawo - Voice of America
07-Mar-2017 08:00
As vanilla becomes worth more than silver, crime takes over the Madagascan trade - The Independent
20-Oct-2018 07:00
Once famous for bamboo products, this Kerala village is losing its tradition - The News Minute
29-Jan-2020 08:00
Our Love Of 'All Natural' Is Causing A Vanilla Shortage - NPR
16-Jun-2017 07:00
Symrise brings the treasures of Madagascar to perfumers - Premium beauty
28-Apr-2020 07:00
Madagascar: Tropical Cyclone ENAWO - Emergency Plan of Action n° MDRMG012 Operation Update n° 3 - Madagascar - ReliefWeb
08-Dec-2017 08:00
The bitter truth behind Madagascar's roaring vanilla trade - The Economist
29-Apr-2019 07:00
Tropical cyclone with ‘rapid intensification’ to slam Africa, bringing 120 mph winds and downpours - Washington Post
12-Mar-2019 07:00
Elizabeth Cook, Anna Prow - New York Times
07-Jun-2015 07:00
Normal life hit during Cherama Sambava Development Society hartal in Kottayam dist - Zee News
17-Jan-2017 08:00
Madagascar vanilla crop quality suffers as thieves spark violence - Reuters
18-Jul-2019 07:00
Frequency, risk factors, and complications of induced abortion in ten districts of Madagascar: results from a cross-sectional household survey - BMC Blogs Network
06-May-2020 07:00
Cyclone hits vanilla growing regions in Madagascar - Food Business News
13-Mar-2017 07:00
Bamboo and a bitter struggle - Frontline
23-Apr-2004 07:00
Muslim parents break Kerala school's 'Dalit only' tag - Deccan Herald
28-Jun-2019 07:00
Madagascar cyclone death toll reaches 38, authorities say - TVNZ
11-Mar-2017 08:00
20 dead as powerful storm hits Madagascar - Seychelles News Agency
20-Mar-2018 07:00
Vanilla price bubble vexes prime-producer Madagascar - Seychelles News Agency
08-May-2016 07:00
ACAPS Briefing Note: Madagascar - Tropical Cyclone Enawo (13 March 2017) - Madagascar - ReliefWeb
14-Mar-2017 07:00
One Chameleon, Eleven Chameleons: Genetics Reveal Cryptic Species in Madagascar's Panther Chameleon - Discover Magazine
27-May-2015 07:00


  • Ralph, English speaking tuktuk (Bajaj) driver: 032 68 662 68
  • Haja Rabearivelo tuktuk (Bajaj)
  • Hery's Taxi-brousse between Sambava and Vohemar: 032 87 834 60
  • Jimmy's Taxi-brousse between Sambava and Vohemar: 032 40 200 21

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