Located in the north-eastern part of Madagascar, the city of Sambava forms the SAVA region with Antalaha, Vohémar and Andapa known as the "vanilla coast". It is located exactly 153 km from Vohémar to the north, 109 km from Andapa to the west and 89 km from Antalaha to the south. This city lies at the mouth of three large rivers, hence its name "Sambava" translated literally into "place where the rivers flow into the sea after meeting each other".
In addition, Sambava is also very appreciated for its tropical climate favorable to the different plantations. It provides most of the most noble plantations, such as vanilla, coffee or cloves. In addition, its soil is rich in priceless mineral wealth, to name only gold, sapphire and amethyst. Sambava is also famous for hosting three protected areas encouraging visitors to practice ecotourism. These are the Marojezy Wildlife Reserve, the Masoala National Park and the Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve.
Discover the immensity of the coconut plantation of the Soavoanio
Formerly known as Sahambavany, Sambava is also famous for hosting one of the largest coconut groves in the world. Located 5 kilometers south of the city, this coconut grove called SOAVOANIO or Sambava Voanio Company covers an area of approximately 4,800 hectares. It is divided into four distinct zones and is spread over an area of 60 km on both sides of the city of Sambava.
SOAVOANIO's coconut grove is best known for producing hybrid coconut species. It specializes in the crossing of small coconut trees from Malaysia with coconut trees imported from West Africa. It employs about 100 people and produces more than 30 million coconuts that it processes into oil called copra. For information, the term "voanio" refers to the coconut fruit in the Malagasy vocabulary.