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Sambava is a town and district on the east coast of Madagascar and the capital of the Sambava and Sava region. The population of the town of Sambava and district was 321,058 in 2015.

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

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Activities include a visit to the Lopat Vanilla factory to learn about traditional vanilla production, the Center for Learning and Understanding English (CLUE) and the large bazary kely marketplace.

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The town has a stunning beach with sometimes with huge and dangerous waves. Every Sunday there is a big beach party including various events, such as cockfighting, dance competitions and kickboxing tournaments. Every Friday, there is an extended market with various clothing stands appearing on the road between the central taxi-brousse station and the beach.

Nearby excursions include a taxi-brousse drive to Nosiarina and from thereon a 5-hour boat ride by pirogue up-river to Amboahangibe. Alternatively, catch a lift with one of the cargo boats used to transport vanilla pickers during the harvesting season. Marojejy National Park can be reached by road from Sambava.

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 Air Madagascar and Madagasikara Airways.

Transport to/from Sambava

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


Vanilla exporters




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Hotels and restaurants

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

Hôtel Carrefour
Tel: +261 8892060 or +261 8892322

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


Sambava Newsfeed

Alphabet of Dalit pride: Reviving Sambava, a ‘secret’ ancient language - The News Minute
23-Oct-2018 07:00
Vanilla fever: Fear sours the sweet scent of Madagascar's success - Mail & Guardian
16-Mar-2018 07:00
Madagascan gold: meet the vanilla hustlers – in pictures - The Guardian
31-Mar-2018 07:00
Sambava - Madagascar: Wind Storm Situation as of 10/03/2017, Grading Map - Madagascar - Reliefweb
15-Mar-2017 07:00
As vanilla becomes worth more than silver, crime takes over the Madagascan trade - The Independent
21-Oct-2018 07:00
In an African island nation, a flavour worth killing for - The Sydney Morning Herald
08-Sep-2018 07:00
Vanilla Madagascar - crisis recovery... or not yet? - Premium beauty
03-Jan-2019 08:00
5 Kerala families attacked by DYFI members, forced to take refuge in church for 6 days - The News Minute
30-Dec-2018 08:00
Breaking barriers: Women enter Sabarimala hours after women's wall - Kashmir Times
08-Jan-2019 08:02
Vanilla’s spiralling price brings Madagascar unexpected riches, and violent crime - The Indian Express
31-Aug-2018 07:00
Missing beans turned out to be plain vanilla theft - The Detroit News
06-Jun-2018 07:00
Moraingy: Madagascar’s centuries old version of mixed martial arts - Bloody Elbow
06-Nov-2018 08:00
Vanilla brings cash and crime to Madagascar - The Seattle Times
28-Sep-2018 07:00
Madagascar: Tropical Cyclone ENAWO - Emergency Plan of Action n° MDRMG012 Operation Update n° 3 - Madagascar - ReliefWeb
08-Dec-2017 08:00
WATCH: Video clips of cyclone Enawo hitting Madagascar - News24
08-Mar-2017 08:00
The sweet harvest - AFP
07-Jun-2016 07:00
Cyclone Enawo: Five dead in Madagascar - BBC News
09-Mar-2017 08:00
Synergy Flavors Builds Two New Schools in Madagascar -
09-Feb-2018 08:00
Kerala dalit protest: Hartal sees mixed response, activist in custody - THE WEEK
09-Apr-2018 07:00
Indulge in upscale desserts without the upscale price at Nathaniel Reid Bakery -
03-Nov-2016 07:00
Our Love Of 'All Natural' Is Causing A Vanilla Shortage - NPR
16-Jun-2017 07:00
Normal life hit during Cherama Sambava Development Society hartal in Kottayam dist - Zee News
17-Jan-2017 08:00
The bitter taste of Madagascar vanilla - Al Jazeera English
18-Feb-2017 08:00
How to ensure stable supplies in a volatile vanilla market? -
13-Mar-2018 07:00
'Sound of Humanity' seeks to put Lombok tourism back on track - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post
05-Dec-2018 08:00
Kerala: Local police under scanner after abducted youth’s death - The Times of India
29-May-2018 07:00
EFFA on ensuring steady supplies of vanilla flavour -
05-Dec-2018 08:00
Exploring Health and Biodiversity in the SAVA Region of Madagascar - Duke Today
14-Dec-2016 08:00
Tsaradia takes off : The new airline in Madagascar | Travel News - Travel News | eTurboNews
08-Jul-2018 07:00
Dalit organizations call for state-wide hartal on Monday - Mathrubhumi English
05-Apr-2018 07:00
20 dead as powerful storm hits Madagascar - Seychelles News Agency
20-Mar-2018 07:00
You get the chance to help name cute new baby lemur at Woburn Safari Park - Milton Keynes Citizen
26-Apr-2018 07:00


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