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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Every Friday, there is an extended market with various clothing stands appearing on the road between the Madame Dolorosy statue 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 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

In Madagascar, Endangered Lemurs Find a Private Refuge - The New York Times
27-Oct-2020 07:00
Alphabet of Dalit pride: Reviving Sambava, a ‘secret’ ancient language - The News Minute
23-Oct-2018 07:00
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
21-Jan-2019 08:00
Bare Knuckle Bouts in Madagascar? ‘It Is About More Than the Fighting’ - The New York Times
05-Nov-2018 08:00
Madagascan gold: meet the vanilla hustlers – in pictures - The Guardian
31-Mar-2018 07:00
Community Spotlight: The 8th continent - Delano.lu
15-Nov-2020 08:00
Precious as Silver, Vanilla Brings Cash and Crime to Madagascar - 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
Cyclone Kills at Least Five People as It Slams into Madagascar - Voice of America
08-Mar-2017 08:00
Most Popular Ice Cream's Legal History Isn't So Plain Vanilla - Bloomberg Law
21-Apr-2020 07:00
Our Love Of 'All Natural' Is Causing A Vanilla Shortage - NPR
16-Jun-2017 07:00
Tropical Cyclone Herold drenches northeastern Madagascar - UPI News
16-Mar-2020 07:00
Cyclone Enawo kills 50, affects 176,000 in Madagascar - Hindustan Times
08-Mar-2021 08:00
Normal life hit as CSDS hartal turns violent in Kottayam - Times of India
17-Jan-2017 08:00
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
Vanilla fever: Fear sours the sweet scent of Madagascar's success - The Mail & Guardian - Mail & Guardian
16-Mar-2018 07:00
Tropical cyclone with ‘rapid intensification’ to slam Africa, bringing 120 mph winds and downpours - Washington Post
12-Mar-2019 07:00
St. Louis area restaurants offering specials for Valentine's Day - KSDK.com
01-Feb-2021 08:00
Cyclone hits vanilla growing regions in Madagascar - Food Business News
13-Mar-2017 07:00
Madagascar: Tropical Cyclone Enawo/Ava - Final Report (MDRMG012) - Madagascar - ReliefWeb
20-Apr-2020 07:00
Lemur on the menu: most-endangered primates still served in Madagascar - Mongabay.com
15-Nov-2017 08:00
List of medical facilities in Madagascar - GOV.UK - GOV.UK
24-Feb-2021 08:00
Elizabeth Cook, Anna Prow - New York Times
07-Jun-2015 07:00
Call for hartal in Kottayam by CSDS on dalit issue - Times of India
16-Jan-2017 08:00
Exploring Health and Biodiversity in the SAVA Region of Madagascar - Duke Today
14-Dec-2016 08:00
These St. Louis restaurants are offering to-go meals for Thanksgiving - KSDK.com
28-Oct-2020 07:00
Is world's largest vanilla market on verge of collapse? - CNN
09-Jul-2010 07:00
Hot on his tail: Lemur goes on the run after escaping from animal park - Mirror.co.uk
17-May-2012 07:00
Caste violence exists, say activists - The New Indian Express
07-Oct-2020 07:00
The bitter taste of Madagascar vanilla - Aljazeera.com
19-Feb-2017 08:00