Sambava to Farihy Ampasimbato by bike
Sambava to Farihy Ampasimbato and return is an approximately 50km bike ride through nature, villages, across rivers and along vanilla and coconut plantations.
The bike ride begins with a canoe crossing over a creek near the centre of Sambava followed by an approximately 10km stretch through a coconut plantation. The price for the canoe crossing is 1,000 Ar (2020).
Most of the route runs along a sandy but bikeable road and often in the shade of coconut palms, first passing the tiny village of Ampisasanala and thereafter Antongompahitra. About 3km after Antongompahitra, cross Bemarivo with a canoe. The price is 2000 Ar (2020).
About 1km after the river crossing, bike through Bemanevika. Every Sunday there's a large market in the mornings, which is especially lively during the vanilla growing season between March and August.
Thereafter a flat sandy road and sometimes a trail continues to Lake Ampasimbato, in which there reportedly are many crocodiles.
Distance from Mimi Resto to Farihy Ampasimbato and return: 49 kilometres
Minimum elevation: 11 metres
Maximum elevation: 20 metres
Total climb: 37 metres
Total descent: 22 metres