Although the cacao harvest is year round in Ambanja, it peaks in October and November if you want to be able to admire the various stages of bean treatment. As for the visit of the sacred lake, no specific calendar but the assistance of a guide is advised.
If you choose the land route, you take the RN4 from the capital and then continue via the RN6 to Ambondromamy via Antsohihy before arriving in Ambanja. The trip usually lasts between 18 to 20 hours. Regular flights from the Air Madagascar Company also provide the Tana-Nosy Be connection, then join Ankify by boat and then continue on the road, by car, to Ambanja.
The Hotel Palma Nova is located in the city of Ambanja, other establishments like Komba Forever, Hostel Maki Lodge, Floraly Komba, Coco Komba ... are located near Ambanja, a few kilometres away.
The association FIVEMI has a straw hut onsite where it organises meals made to order. Otherwise the hotel Palma Nova, La Timonière or Chez Patricia are often recommended for taste connoisseurs, in Ambanja. However, while visiting the Millot Plantation, tourists will have the opportunity to eat there since the establishment has its own restaurant.
Combine culture and tourism during your visit! You will have the opportunity to admire the "Joro", a ritual during which the villagers must honour the ancestors, meet them, pour fresh zebu blood as a request for blessing; make offerings: the first harvests, the best products ... Contemplate also the pods in wooden carts drawn by zebus crossing the rainforest. In short, a feast for the eyes, the brain and nose.
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