Sambava

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Sambava is a town and district on the east coast of Madagascar and the capital of the SAVA region. Along with Antalaha, Andapa and Vohemar, Sambava is the centre of vanilla production and the source of most of the world's vanilla export.

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Almost half of the population in the Sambava region live from farming and raising livestock. The most common agricultures are vanilla, coconut and rice farming.

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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 Antongompahitra and Bemanevika. Small boats leaves from behind Maison Ravelo/Tandramena at Antaimby and costs 1,000 Ar across the creek where "taxis motos" (motorcycle bike drivers) are offered. This is a shortcut to reach Bemanevika and Bemarivo.

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There are three main market places in different areas of Sambava with each of the market places extended in the mornings once a week: Antaimby on Tuesdays, Ambodisatrana on Fridays and Antanifotsy on Saturdays.

Every Sunday from early afternoon close to there is a beach party with several beach bars, small hand powered ferris wheels, gambling stalls etc. Some Sundays there is Moraingy in Analamandrorofo along the road between Antaimby and Antanifotsy.

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A domestic airport is approximately 1 km from the town centre with flights connecting Antananarivo, Toamasina (Tamatave), Maroantsetra and Diego Suarez. Scheduled flights are operated by Tsaradia and Madagasikara Airways.

Transport to/from Sambava

Places

Vanilla exporters

Souvenirs

Medical

Restaurants, cafes and bars

Beach

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Hotels and restaurants

Hotel Carrefour
Sambava-Centre
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
Email: mimi.hotel.resto@gmail.com

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
Email: laspalmas.hotel@gmail.com
www.laspalmas-hotelsambava.com

Hotel l’Ambassadeur - Chez Zoé
Tel: +261 (0)32 0292745 or +261 (0)32 0211347
Email: razafizoe@yahoo.fr

Hotel Orchidea Beach II
Tel: +261 (0)32 0438377
Email: orchideabeach2@yahoo.fr

Florencia
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
Sambava-Centre
Tel: +261 32 97 792 10

Various

Radio channels

Map of Sambava

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Transport

  • Ralph, English speaking tuktuk (Bajaj) driver: +261 (0)32 68 662 68
  • Haja Rabearivelo tuktuk (Bajaj): +261 (0)32 61 052 53
  • Hery's Taxi-brousse between Sambava and Vohemar: +261 (0)32 87 834 60
  • Jimmy's Taxi-brousse between Sambava and Vohemar: +261 (0)32 40 200 21
  • Sambava Airport

Additional information

Sambava Newsfeed

Young people to fight impunity in Madagascar - OHCHR
29-Aug-2022 07:00
MADAGASCAR: GES inaugurates a solar photovoltaic plant in Vohémar - AFRIK 21
15-Sep-2022 07:00
Sambava - Madagascar: Wind Storm Situation as of 10/03/2017, Grading Map - Madagascar - ReliefWeb
15-Mar-2017 07:00
It Takes a Village: Conservation and Research in Rural Madagascar - Duke University
14-Aug-2022 07:00
Alphabet of Dalit pride: Reviving Sambava, a ‘secret’ ancient language - The News Minute
23-Oct-2018 07:00
Cyclone Batsirai: At least 20 dead in Madagascar - The Washington Post
07-Feb-2022 08:00
Vanilla brings cash and crime to Madagascar - The Seattle Times
28-Sep-2018 07:00
In Madagascar, Endangered Lemurs Find a Private Refuge - The New York Times
27-Oct-2020 07:00
Multiple cases filed against TN BJP chief Annamalai over his social media post - PGurus
05-Jun-2022 07:00
Over 1000 Orchids Grow All Over the Island of Madagascar - Nature World News
13-Jun-2022 07:00
See the adorable and rare ring-tailed lemur twins born at Woburn Safari Park - Leighton Buzzard Observer
21-Apr-2022 07:00
Top Kerala news developments today - The Hindu
13-Aug-2022 07:00
Madagascan gold: meet the vanilla hustlers – in pictures - The Guardian
31-Mar-2018 07:00
The sweet harvest | Correspondent - AFP.com
07-Jun-2016 07:00
How fortunes are being made and lost in Madagascar's vanilla boom - ABC News
21-Jan-2019 08:00
SAVA Conservation - lemur.duke.edu
24-May-2018 18:34