Sambava to Farihy Ampasimbato by bike
Sambava to Farihy Ampasimbato and return is an approximately 50km bike through nature, villages, across rivers and along vanilla and coconut plantations.
The bike ride begins with a crossing by canoe across a creek near the centre of Sambava followed by an approximately 10km stretch through coconut plantation. The price for the canoe crossing including bike is between 1,000 Ar and 2,000 Ar (2020).
Most of the route runs along a sandy but bikeable road and often in the shade of coconut palms, first passing the tiny village of Ampisasanala and thereafter Antongompahitra. About 3km after Antongompahitra, cross Bemarivo with a pirogue. The price including a bike is 2000 Ar (2020).
About 1km after the river crossing, bike through Bemanevika. Every Sunday there's a large market in the mornings, which becomes an especially lively market place during the vanilla growing season between March and August.
Thereafter a flat sandy road which sometimes turn into trail continues to Lake Ampasimbato, in which there reportedly are many crocodiles.
Time: 4 hours, 24 minutes
Average speed: 5.6km p/hour
Minimum Elevation: 11 metres
Maximum Elevation: 20 metres
Total climb: 37 metres
Total descent: 22 metres