Located in the northeastern part of Madagascar and in the province of Antsiranana, Antalaha is among the municipalities of the SAVA region alongside Sambava, Vohémar and Andapa; commonly called "vanilla coast". Located a hundred kilometers south of Sambava, Antalaha is also famous for its important shipyard specialized in the construction of dhows. You will be invited to discover the most beautiful sites near the city of Antalaha through various activities such as treks to the National Parks of Marojejy and Masoala, hunting at Lake Ampahana or visit the waterfall Ambanitaza.
Antalaha, the vanilla capital of the world
For several years Antalaha has been internationally recognized as the "Vanilla Capital of the World". Indeed, Madagascar supplies more than 80% of the world's vanilla production, half of which comes from the Antalaha workshops. Introduced on the scene in 1905, this variety of orchids is the most important economic plant of the country. It is planted by small farmers and its exploitation is carried out according to purely traditional methods. Note, however, that the pollination of the plant is done only by hand, because it is a species native to and imported from Mexico.
Overview of the treatment of Vanilla in Antalaha
Antalaha is well known for its countless vanilla processing workshops. During your stay, you will have the opportunity to visit some of them and to discover first-hand the traditional techniques allowing the exploitation of this plant with incomparable perfume. In addition, some workshops opt for greenhouse planting and use wooden stems to support the vines of orchids. The plants are harvested manually 4 years after planting between May and August. They are then subject to a first stage of preparation for a period of 2 months, followed by sorting, parboiling and drying operations. Then a second step of 7 to 8 months takes place and consists of a process of refining, dressing, grading, measuring and conditioning.