It is as though everything had deliberately conspired to retain visitors in this area. The fields of cropscompete with the beauty of the lakes, the number of plant species vies with the number of typicalvillages. All this against the sound of the throbbing yellow tuk-tuks (motorised rickshaws), aneconomical and very typical form of transport, found everywhere in the streets of the town. Not toforget the extraordinary beaches, generally very calm, fringed with palm trees and ideal for familypicnics. Nothing is lacking for Sambava to become a truly cosmopolitan town, since many visitors,once here, decide to settle. We can also mention the harmony reigning between the different groupsof the population.
Lying at the mouth of the confluence of four rivers (which explains its name, since ‘Saha am-bava’ is acontraction of ‘saha am-bava vinany’, meaning ‘valley leading to the mouth of a river’. Sambava isknown for being the main producer of vanilla in Madagascar. The sweet subtle fragrance floats overthe town, particularly in the last quarter of the year.
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