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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

How fortunes are being made and lost in Madagascar's vanilla boom - ABC News
21-Jan-2019 08:00
Alphabet of Dalit pride: Reviving Sambava, a ‘secret’ ancient language - The News Minute
23-Oct-2018 07:00
How Peering Helps Deliver the Internet in the Indian Ocean - Developing Telecoms
20-Sep-2019 10:07
Bare Knuckle Bouts in Madagascar? ‘It Is About More Than the Fighting’ - The New York Times
04-Nov-2018 07:00
Sambava - Madagascar: Wind Storm Situation as of 10/03/2017, Grading Map - Madagascar - Reliefweb
15-Mar-2017 07:00
In Madagascar, stories of fistula can make a difference - International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics
22-May-2019 07:00
Precious as Silver, Vanilla Brings Cash and Crime to Madagascar - New York Times
30-Aug-2018 07:00
Madagascan gold: meet the vanilla hustlers – in pictures - The Guardian
31-Mar-2018 07:00
Muslim parents break Kerala school's 'Dalit only' tag - Deccan Herald
28-Jun-2019 07:00
As vanilla becomes worth more than silver, crime takes over the Madagascan trade - The Independent
21-Oct-2018 07:00
The murky world of Madagascar's roaring vanilla trade - The Economist
05-Jul-2019 07:00
Vanilla fever: Fear sours the sweet scent of Madagascar's success - Mail & Guardian
16-Mar-2018 07:00
Madagascar: Tropical Cyclone ENAWO - Emergency Plan of Action n° MDRMG012 Operation Update n° 3 - Madagascar - ReliefWeb
08-Dec-2017 08:00
Vanilla prices slowly drop as crop quality improves - Food Business News
22-Apr-2019 07:00
Vanilla’s spiralling price brings Madagascar unexpected riches, and violent crime - The Indian Express
31-Aug-2018 07:00
After decades, Kerala Dalit neighbourhood gets basic facilities, ownership documents - The News Minute
07-Mar-2019 08:00
Our Love Of 'All Natural' Is Causing A Vanilla Shortage - NPR
16-Jun-2017 07:00
Madagascar vanilla crop quality suffers as thieves spark violence - CNA
18-Jul-2019 07:00
Southern Africa: Cyclone Kenneth Strengthening as it Heads for Coast - AllAfrica - Top Africa News
25-Apr-2019 07:00
Ukrainian Millionaire Joins Evangelistic and Social Projects in Madagascar - Adventist Review
24-Jun-2019 07:00
Moraingy: Madagascar’s centuries old version of mixed martial arts - Bloody Elbow
06-Nov-2018 08:00
Cyclone Enawo batters Madagascar as most powerful storm in 13 years - USA TODAY
07-Mar-2017 08:00
Vamos! Cyclists who rode from Cape to Cairo set sights on Spain - TimesLIVE
10-Jul-2019 07:00
Thousands Witness Healings, Miracles at Madagascar Festival - Charisma News
11-Nov-2013 08:00
After Chance Meeting, New Population, Health, and Environment Program Is Born in Madagascar - New Security Beat
27-Aug-2015 19:37
Cyclone Enawo kills 50, affects 176,000 in Madagascar - Hindustan Times
12-Mar-2017 08:00
Hot on his tail: Lemur goes on the run after escaping from animal park -
17-May-2012 07:00
Tropical cyclone with ‘rapid intensification’ to slam Africa, bringing 120 mph winds and downpours - Washington Post
12-Mar-2019 07:00
Gilman Scholar Patrick Ross conducts independent study in Madagascar - Appalachian State University
15-Feb-2019 08:00
Estimation of Economic Losses from Tropical Cyclone Enawo - Madagascar - Reliefweb
19-Jul-2017 07:00
Synergy Flavors building two more primary schools in Madagascar - Candy Industry
28-Feb-2019 08:00
Exploring Health and Biodiversity in the SAVA Region of Madagascar - Duke Today
14-Dec-2016 08:00


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