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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


Sambava vanilla exporters



Sambava restaurants, cafes and bars

Sambava Beach

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Sambava hotels and restaurants

Hotel Sky Blue

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

Antohomaro, Sambava
Tel: +261 (0) 32 54 566 67

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

Symrise helps in Madagascar after Cyclone Gamane - Symrise
04-May-2024 07:00
Vanilla brings cash and crime to Madagascar - The Seattle Times
28-Sep-2018 07:00
In Madagascar, Endangered Lemurs Find a Private Refuge (Published 2020) - The New York Times
27-Oct-2020 07:00
How fortunes are being made and lost in Madagascar's vanilla boom - ABC News
21-Jan-2019 08:00
Sambava - Madagascar: Wind Storm Situation as of 10/03/2017, Grading Map - Madagascar - ReliefWeb
15-Mar-2017 07:00
Cyclone Batsirai: At least 20 dead in Madagascar - The Washington Post
07-Feb-2022 08:00
Alphabet of Dalit pride: Reviving Sambava, a 'secret' ancient language - The News Minute
23-Oct-2018 07:00
Chinese doctors perform life-changing surgery on Madagascan patient - China Daily
08-Dec-2023 08:00
Cyclone Enawo batters Madagascar as most powerful storm in 13 years - USA TODAY
07-Mar-2017 08:00
As vanilla becomes worth more than silver, crime takes over the Madagascan trade - The Independent
20-Oct-2018 07:00
Chandy Oommen begins election campaign - The New Indian Express
10-Aug-2023 07:00
Tropical Cyclone Enawo Makes Category 4 Landfall; Strongest Madagascar Landfall In 13 Years (RECAP) - The Weather Channel
09-Mar-2017 08:00
Precious as Silver, Vanilla Brings Cash and Crime to Madagascar (Published 2018) - The Indian Express
30-Aug-2018 07:00
Tropical Storm Cheneso, ensuing rain kill 16 in Madagascar - News24
27-Jan-2023 08:00
Collector N Prasanth to prepare package for Perambra Sambava colony - Deccan Chronicle
21-Jun-2016 07:00
Cyclone Enawo: Five dead in Madagascar - BBC
09-Mar-2017 08:00
Hot on his tail: Lemur goes on the run after escaping from animal park - The Mirror
17-May-2012 07:00
Madagascar: Tropical Cyclone Gamane Flash Update No. 1, 28 March 2024 - Madagascar - ReliefWeb
28-Mar-2024 07:00
Madagascar TC Gamane DREF Operational Update (MDRMG022) - Madagascar - ReliefWeb
14-May-2024 07:00
Wild times as Madagascar rides vanilla price bubble - Seychelles News Agency
23-Aug-2017 07:00
Normal life hit as CSDS hartal turns violent in Kottayam - The Times of India
17-Jan-2017 08:00
Call for hartal in Kottayam by CSDS on dalit issue - The Times of India
16-Jan-2017 08:00
After decades, Kerala Dalit neighbourhood gets basic facilities, ownership documents - The News Minute
07-Mar-2019 08:00
Once famous for bamboo products, this Kerala village is losing its tradition - The News Minute
29-Jan-2020 08:00
Kozhikode: Educated state fails, Kerala school struggles to break caste barriers -
10-Oct-2017 07:00
Muslim students join 'Dalits only' Kerala school, break caste barriers and effect difference - Maktoob media
28-Jun-2019 07:00
CSDS hartal disrupts normal life in Kottayam - Onmanorama
17-Jan-2017 08:00
Why does this Kerala school have only Dalit students? - Asianet Newsable
31-Mar-2018 07:00