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Andapa is a town and district by the same name in northern Madagascar. The population in 2013 for complete area was 189,882. Andapa is part of the Sava Region in the Antsiranana Province. About 90% of the population in Andapa are farmers, producing coffee, tomatoes, vanilla and especially rice. Much of North Madagascar's rice is grown in this region.

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The town of Andapa is located between two nature protected areas, Marojejy National Park and Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve, which include perhaps the most remote rainforests on the island.

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The town is situated within the Andapa basin, named so due to the surrounding mountain ranges and relatively high levels of rainfall. The best times to visit Andapa are from April to May and from September to December when it rains less.

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A central market place offers plenty of seasonal fruits, vegetables, fish and meat and of course Malagasy rice of all varieties. The big market day is every Tuesday from early morning until mid-afternoon. It's easy to get around town by pousse-pousse.

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An airstrip close to town is not in use. Andapa can be reached by car from Sambava in about three hours via a tarred road in good condition.

Hotels in Andapa

Riziky Bungalows
Tel: +261 (0)34 0139222 or +261 (0)32 4021422

Hotel Beanana (10 rooms)
Tel: +261 (0)20 8807047 or +261 (0)32 4022610

Hotel Restaurant Vatosoa
Tel: +261 (0)32 4023528 / +261 (0)34 0472090

Hotel Dama
Tel: +261 (0)32 7182944 / +261 (0)34 2858590

Accommodation in the nearby national park

Camp Mantella - situated in the lowland rainforest at a height of 428 metres. 17 beds and catering area.

Camp Marojejia - situated between the lowland rainforest and mid-altitude rainforest at a height of 750 metres.

Camp Simpona - at a height of 1,250 metres, this camp serves as basecamp to those trekking the 2,132 metres peak of Marojejy. There are 8 beds and space for one tent.

Additional information