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 Ravelo at Antaimby).

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There are three main market places in different areas of Sambava and each of markets is extended in the mornings once a week, in Antaimby on Tuesdays, Ambodisatrana on Fridays and Antanifotsy on Saturdays.

Every Sunday starting early afternoon close to Las Palmas Hotel there is a large beach party including dance competitions. On every other Sunday,there is Moraingy in Analamandrorofo.

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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

Places

Vanilla exporters

Souvenirs

Medical

Restaurants, cafes and bars

Beach

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Hotels and restaurants

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

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Transport

  • 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

Alphabet of Dalit pride: Reviving Sambava, a ‘secret’ ancient language - The News Minute
23-Oct-2018 07:00
In Madagascar, Endangered Lemurs Find a Private Refuge - The New York Times
27-Oct-2020 07:00
Sambava - Madagascar: Wind Storm Situation as of 10/03/2017, Grading Map - Madagascar - ReliefWeb
15-Mar-2017 07:00
Madagascar's vanilla industry a magnet for corruption... - Daily Maverick
13-Sep-2021 07:00
In the World Capital of Vanilla Production, Nearly Three out of Four Farmers Say They Don't Have Enough to Eat - Research Blog - Duke Today
25-Jun-2021 07:00
How fortunes are being made and lost in Madagascar's vanilla boom - ABC News
21-Jan-2019 08:00
Madagascan gold: meet the vanilla hustlers – in pictures - The Guardian
31-Mar-2018 07:00
Bare Knuckle Bouts in Madagascar? ‘It Is About More Than the Fighting’ - The New York Times
05-Nov-2018 08:00
Precious as Silver, Vanilla Brings Cash and Crime to Madagascar (Published 2018) - The New York Times
30-Aug-2018 07:00
Tropical Cyclone Herold forms off the coast of Madagascar - Aljazeera.com
14-Mar-2020 07:00
Most Popular Ice Cream's Legal History Isn't So Plain Vanilla - Bloomberg Law
21-Apr-2020 07:00
In the world's capital of vanilla production, three in four farmers say it's not enough to eat - Floridanewstimes.com
13-Jul-2021 07:00
Tropical Cyclone Enawo Makes Category 4 Landfall; Strongest Madagascar Landfall In 13 Years (RECAP) | The Weather Channel - Articles from The Weather Channel | weather.com - The Weather Channel
09-Mar-2017 08:00
Tropical Cyclone Herold drenches northeastern Madagascar - Yahoo News
16-Mar-2020 07:00
Marojejy National Park, Madagascar - World Atlas
02-Dec-2017 09:41
Our Love Of 'All Natural' Is Causing A Vanilla Shortage - NPR
16-Jun-2017 07:00
Normal life hit as CSDS hartal turns violent in Kottayam - Times of India
17-Jan-2017 08:00
Madagascar: Tropical Cyclone Enawo/Ava - Final Report (MDRMG012) - Madagascar - ReliefWeb
20-Apr-2020 07:00
Once famous for bamboo products, this Kerala village is losing its tradition - The News Minute
29-Jan-2020 08:00
Madagascar's £152m vanilla industry soured by child labour and poverty - The Guardian
08-Dec-2016 08:00
Lemur on the menu: most-endangered primates still served in Madagascar - Mongabay.com
15-Nov-2017 08:00
Madagascar: Tropical Cyclone ENAWO - Emergency Plan of Action n° MDRMG012 Operation Update n° 3 - Madagascar - ReliefWeb
08-Dec-2017 08:00
Community Spotlight: The 8th continent - Delano.lu
15-Nov-2020 08:00
Symrise brings the treasures of Madagascar to perfumers - Premium beauty
28-Apr-2020 07:00
Cyclone Enawo kills 50, affects 176,000 in Madagascar - Hindustan Times
12-Mar-2017 08:00
Vanilla fever: Fear sours the sweet scent of Madagascar’s success - Mail & Guardian
16-Mar-2018 07:00
St. Louis area restaurants offering specials for Valentine's Day - KSDK.com
01-Feb-2021 08:00
Tropical cyclone with ‘rapid intensification’ to slam Africa, bringing 120 mph winds and downpours - Washington Post
12-Mar-2019 07:00
Call for hartal in Kottayam by CSDS on dalit issue - Times of India
16-Jan-2017 08:00
Elizabeth Cook, Anna Prow - New York Times
07-Jun-2015 07:00
Cyclone hits vanilla growing regions in Madagascar - Food Business News
13-Mar-2017 07:00
Is world's largest vanilla market on verge of collapse? - CNN
09-Jul-2010 07:00