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Sambava is a town and district on the east coast of Madagascar and the capital of the SAVA region. Along with Antalaha, Andapa and Vohemar, Sambava is the centre of vanilla production and the source of most of the world's vanilla export.

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Almost half of the population in the Sambava region live from farming and raising livestock. The most common agricultures are vanilla, coconut and rice farming.

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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 Antongompahitra and Bemanevika. Small boats leaves from behind Maison Ravelo/Tandramena at Antaimby and costs 1,000 Ar across the creek where "taxi motos" (motorcycle bike drivers) are offered. This is a shortcut to reach Bemanevika and Bemarivo.

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

Every Sunday from early afternoon close to there is a beach party with several beach bars, small hand powered ferris wheels, gambling stalls etc. Some Sundays there is Moraingy in Analamandrorofo along the road between Antaimby and Antanifotsy.

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A domestic airport is approximately 1 km 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


Vanilla exporters



Restaurants, cafes and bars


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Hotels and restaurants

Hotel Hazavola
Tel: +261 (0) 32 03 002 08

Hotel Carrefour
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

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

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
Tel: +261 32 97 792 10


Radio channels

Map of Sambava

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  • 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

Women decision-makers can improve conservation and agriculture ... -
25-May-2023 16:05
Madagascar's 1st tropical storm of season floods 700 houses, 1 missing - Preliminary reports - Africanews English
21-Jan-2023 08:00
How Do We Make Farming Better for the Planet? Ask Women - Boston University
16-Mar-2023 07:00
US Ambassador Meets with DLC-SAVA Conservation Staff in ... -
17-Feb-2023 08:00
Sambava - Madagascar: Wind Storm Situation as of 10/03/2017 ... - ReliefWeb
15-Mar-2017 07:00
Cyclone Cheneso hits Madagascar and destroys roads to capital - Africanews English
25-Jan-2023 08:00
Vanilla brings cash and crime to Madagascar - The Seattle Times
28-Sep-2018 07:00
Tropical Storm Cheneso, ensuing rain kill 16 in Madagascar - News24
27-Jan-2023 08:00
Alphabet of Dalit pride: Reviving Sambava, a ‘secret’ ancient language - The News Minute
23-Oct-2018 07:00
It Takes a Village: Conservation and Research in Rural Madagascar - Duke University
14-Aug-2022 07:00
Madagascan gold: meet the vanilla hustlers – in pictures - The Guardian
31-Mar-2018 07:00
In Madagascar, Endangered Lemurs Find a Private Refuge ... - The New York Times
27-Oct-2020 07:00
MADAGASCAR: a 1.8 MWp solar PV power plant goes into operation in Antalaha - AFRIK 21
02-Feb-2023 08:00
MADAGASCAR: WWF alerts on wildlife trafficking in Sava cities - AFRIK 21
08-Mar-2023 08:00
Win-win opportunities combining high yields with high multi-taxa ... -
26-Jul-2022 07:00
How fortunes are being made and lost in Madagascar's vanilla boom - ABC News
21-Jan-2019 08:00
Tropical Cyclone Herold forms off the coast of Madagascar - Al Jazeera English
14-Mar-2020 07:00
Lone Star Reptile Expo showcases scales and tails - The Shorthorn
22-Mar-2023 07:00
Cyclone Batsirai: At least 20 dead in Madagascar - The Washington Post
07-Feb-2022 08:00
Young people to fight impunity in Madagascar - OHCHR
29-Aug-2022 07:00
Moraingy: Madagascar's centuries old version of mixed martial arts - Bloody Elbow
06-Nov-2018 08:00
Marojejy National Park, Madagascar -
02-Dec-2017 09:41
Cyclone Kills at Least Five People as It Slams into Madagascar - Voice of America - VOA News
08-Mar-2017 08:00
Is world's largest vanilla market on verge of collapse? - CNN
09-Jul-2010 07:00
Once famous for bamboo products, this Kerala village is losing its tradition - The News Minute
29-Jan-2020 08:00
Muslim parents break Kerala school's 'Dalit only' tag - Deccan Herald
28-Jun-2019 07:00
Ukrainian Millionaire Joins Evangelistic and Social Projects in ... - Adventist Review
25-Jun-2019 07:00
Call for hartal in Kottayam by CSDS on dalit issue - Times of India
16-Jan-2017 08:00
Kozhikode: Educated state fails, Kerala school struggles to break ... -
10-Oct-2017 07:00
Elizabeth Cook, Anna Prow - The New York Times
07-Jun-2015 07:00
Lemur on the menu: most-endangered primates still served in ... -
15-Nov-2017 08:00
Madagascar's vanilla farmers face volatile times after poor harvest - The Guardian
21-Jun-2016 07:00