Sambava

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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 Ravilo at Antaimby).

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Every Friday, there is an extended market with various clothing stands appearing on the road between the central taxi-brousse station 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 occasionally Madagasikara Airways.

Transport to/from Sambava

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

Places

Vanilla exporters

Souvenirs

Restaurants, cafes and bars

Beach

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Medical

Hotels and restaurants

Bar Bleue
Outdoors dinner restaurant
Sambava-Centre

Hotel Carrefour
Sambava-Centre
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
Email: mimi.hotel.resto@gmail.com

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
Email: laspalmas.hotel@gmail.com
www.laspalmas-hotelsambava.com

Hotel l’Ambassadeur - Chez Zoé
Tel: +261 (0)32 0292745 or +261 (0)32 0211347
Email: razafizoe@yahoo.fr

Hotel Orchidea Beach II
Tel: +261 (0)32 0438377
Email: orchideabeach2@yahoo.fr

Florencia
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
Sambava-Centre
Tel: +261 32 97 792 10

Various

Map of Sambava

Sambava Newsfeed

Tropical Cyclone Herold forms off the coast of Madagascar - Al Jazeera English
14-Mar-2020 11:51
Tropical Cyclone Herold drenches northeastern Madagascar - UPI News
17-Mar-2020 00:17
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
22-Jan-2019 07:54
In Madagascar, stories of fistula can make a difference - International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics
22-May-2019 07:00
Bare Knuckle Bouts in Madagascar? ‘It Is About More Than the Fighting’ - The New York Times
05-Nov-2018 11:35
FROM MAGAZINE: We want to help whoever wants to do business here | Logistics - Logistics Update Africa
20-Mar-2020 10:07
Precious as Silver, Vanilla Brings Cash and Crime to Madagascar - The New York Times
30-Aug-2018 07:00
Madagascan gold: meet the vanilla hustlers – in pictures - The Guardian
31-Mar-2018 07:00
Alphabet of Dalit pride: Reviving Sambava, a ‘secret’ ancient language - The News Minute
23-Oct-2018 12:18
The murky world of Madagascar's roaring vanilla trade - The Economist
05-Jul-2019 07:00
Madagascar vanilla crop quality suffers as thieves spark violence - Reuters
18-Jul-2019 07:00
As vanilla becomes worth more than silver, crime takes over the Madagascan trade - The Independent
21-Oct-2018 23:18
Once famous for bamboo products, this Kerala village is losing its tradition - The News Minute
29-Jan-2020 13:25
Our Love Of 'All Natural' Is Causing A Vanilla Shortage - NPR
16-Jun-2017 17:08
Muslim parents break Kerala school's 'Dalit only' tag - Deccan Herald
28-Jun-2019 07:00
Deadly Cyclone Enawo batters Madagascar with flooding, damaging winds - AccuWeather.com
10-Mar-2017 08:00
Vanilla fever: Fear sours the sweet scent of Madagascar’s success - Mail & Guardian
16-Mar-2018 07:00
The bitter truth behind Madagascar's roaring vanilla trade | 1843 - The Economist 1843
04-Jul-2019 15:43
Tropical cyclone with ‘rapid intensification’ to slam Africa, bringing 120 mph winds and downpours - Washington Post
12-Mar-2019 07:00
Vanilla prices slowly drop as crop quality improves - Food Business News
22-Apr-2019 07:00
Elizabeth Cook, Anna Prow - New York Times
07-Jun-2015 07:00
Madagascar: Tropical Cyclone ENAWO - Emergency Plan of Action n° MDRMG012 Operation Update n° 3 - Madagascar - ReliefWeb
09-Dec-2017 02:34
After Chance Meeting, New Population, Health, and Environment Program Is Born in Madagascar - New Security Beat
27-Aug-2015 19:37
Vamos! Cyclists who rode from Cape to Cairo set sights on Spain - TimesLIVE
10-Jul-2019 07:00
Madagascar rainforests: at home with the lemurs - The Guardian
21-Feb-2014 08:00
Cyclone Enawo: Five dead in Madagascar - BBC News
09-Mar-2017 08:00
One Chameleon, Eleven Chameleons: Genetics Reveal Cryptic Species in Madagascar's Panther Chameleon - Discover Magazine
27-May-2015 07:00
After decades, Kerala Dalit neighbourhood gets basic facilities, ownership documents - The News Minute
07-Mar-2019 17:51
Is world's largest vanilla market on verge of collapse? - CNN International
09-Jul-2010 07:00
20 dead as powerful storm hits Madagascar - Seychelles News Agency
20-Mar-2018 07:00
Bamboo and a bitter struggle - Frontline
23-Apr-2004 07:00


Transport

  • Ralph, English speaking tuktuk (Bajaj) driver: 032 68 662 68
  • Haja Rabearivelo tuktuk (Bajaj)
  • Hery's Taxi-brousse between Sambava and Vohemar: 032 87 834 60
  • Jimmy's Taxi-brousse between Sambava and Vohemar: 032 40 200 21

Additional information