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 Ravelo at Antaimby).

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Every Friday, there is an extended market with various clothing stands appearing on the road between the Madame Dolorosy statue 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 Madagasikara Airways.

Transport to/from Sambava


Vanilla exporters



Restaurants, cafes and bars


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Hotels and restaurants

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

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  • 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

In Madagascar, Endangered Lemurs Find a Private Refuge - The New York Times
27-Oct-2020 07:00
Alphabet of Dalit pride: Reviving Sambava, a ‘secret’ ancient language - The News Minute
23-Oct-2018 07:00
Sambava - Madagascar: Wind Storm Situation as of 10/03/2017, Grading Map - Madagascar - ReliefWeb
15-Mar-2017 07:00
How fortunes are being made and lost in Madagascar's vanilla boom - ABC News
21-Jan-2019 08:00
News Services Division, All India Radio News - All India Radio
23-Mar-2021 07:00
Bare Knuckle Bouts in Madagascar? ‘It Is About More Than the Fighting’ - The New York Times
05-Nov-2018 08:00
Community Spotlight: The 8th continent -
15-Nov-2020 08:00
Madagascan gold: meet the vanilla hustlers – in pictures - The Guardian
31-Mar-2018 07:00
Precious as Silver, Vanilla Brings Cash and Crime to Madagascar - The New York Times
30-Aug-2018 07:00
Tropical Cyclone Herold forms off the coast of Madagascar -
14-Mar-2020 07:00
Shop-Rite Win Adds to Slew of Dismissed Vanilla Deception Suits - Bloomberg Law
12-Feb-2021 08:00
Another Vanilla Flavor Deception Suit Tossed as Implausible - Bloomberg Law
20-Jan-2021 08:00
Tropical Cyclone Enawo Makes Category 4 Landfall; Strongest Madagascar Landfall In 13 Years (RECAP) | The Weather Channel - Articles from The Weather Channel | - The Weather Channel
09-Mar-2017 08:00
Tropical Cyclone Herold drenches northeastern Madagascar - UPI News
16-Mar-2020 07:00
Our Love Of 'All Natural' Is Causing A Vanilla Shortage - NPR
16-Jun-2017 07:00
Once famous for bamboo products, this Kerala village is losing its tradition - The News Minute
29-Jan-2020 08:00
Normal life hit as CSDS hartal turns violent in Kottayam - Times of India
17-Jan-2017 08:00
List of medical facilities in Madagascar - GOV.UK
24-Feb-2021 08:00
Madagascar: Tropical Cyclone Enawo/Ava - Final Report (MDRMG012) - Madagascar - ReliefWeb
20-Apr-2020 07:00
Tropical cyclone with ‘rapid intensification’ to slam Africa, bringing 120 mph winds and downpours - Washington Post
12-Mar-2019 07:00
Cyclone hits vanilla growing regions in Madagascar - Food Business News
13-Mar-2017 07:00
Madagascar's £152m vanilla industry soured by child labour and poverty - The Guardian
08-Dec-2016 08:00
Elizabeth Cook, Anna Prow - New York Times
07-Jun-2015 07:00
Vanilla fever: Fear sours the sweet scent of Madagascar’s success - Mail & Guardian
16-Mar-2018 07:00
'These animals are really sensitive': The lemurs finding refuge in Madagascar - The Independent
04-Nov-2020 08:00
Lemur on the menu: most-endangered primates still served in Madagascar -
15-Nov-2017 08:00
St. Louis area restaurants offering specials for Valentine's Day -
01-Feb-2021 08:00
Cyclone Enawo kills 50, affects 176,000 in Madagascar - Hindustan Times
12-Mar-2017 08:00
These St. Louis restaurants are offering to-go meals for Thanksgiving -
28-Oct-2020 07:00
Madagascar Bishop visits parishes affected by cyclone - Anglicannews
18-Apr-2017 07:00
Exploring Health and Biodiversity in the SAVA Region of Madagascar - Duke Today
14-Dec-2016 08:00
Cyclone Enawo: Logistics Cluster - Situation Update, 23 March 2017 - Madagascar - ReliefWeb
23-Mar-2017 07:00