The SAVA Region (Sambava, Antalaha, Vohemar, Andapa). “The green triangle”
Welcome to SAVA, a region well known for its attractive rural landscapes, beaches, forests and rainforest. It is surrounded on all sides by the high mountains of Marojejy, Betaolana, and Anjanaharibe-Sud, and is dotted throughout by small, picturesque villages. The town of Andapa makes a good base for exploring the region by foot or by bicycle, and the small private reserve of Antanetiambo, owned and managed by local environmentalist Mr. Rabary Desiré, offers an excellent introduction to the very unique natural and cultural histories of the area.
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The originality of the SAVA Region comes not only from its sub-equatorial climate, which allows it to concentrate more than 70% of the island's primary forest, it is also in its recognized "status" of the vanilla, capital, of which it alone accounts for nearly 2/3 of world production. Coastal zone under the influence of the trade winds which bring masses of moist air, this region nonetheless registers a high rate of sunshine because the precipitations are mainly nocturnal from December to March. The best time to visit the SAVA is between August and December, and from March to mid-May.
Some of the engaging activities this region has to offer are rock climbing and mountain climbing. When you hear the call of the great outdoors, follow the lead of active locals and try rock climbing or mountain climbing. Breathe in and feel your stresses melt away as you explore the area's relaxing pastimes, such as shore fishing and beaches combing. Regional tours are a great way to unearth the places, people and tales that have shaped this region. There is a chance to learn new things and see the sights on any of the guided nature walks and wildlife spotting tours.
If you're feeling energetic and love the water, SAVA Region is home to variety of watersport activities. Swimming and snorkeling are a couple of the fun and exciting water activities you can try out in the region.
Traveling helps you discover a new array of authentic dishes. Immerse yourself in the culinary traditions and head to the local eateries. Trying some authentic cuisine is a fun way to get to the core of a region's local culture. This region is well-known for producing coffee and juice. Try dining like the local people do by trying ravitoto (pork served with cassava leaves) or varanga (fried slivers of beef). Your taste buds will thank you for sampling one of the area's sweet specialties, koba (peanut dessert pate).
Sambava. Nestled at the mouth of three rivers, which would be at the origin of the word "Sahambavany", Sambava is also at the crossroads of SAVA roads in the heart of the "Green Triangle" formed by Vohémar, Antalaha, and Andapa. It combines its name with vanilla of course, but also with its immense coconut plantations. Every Tuesday, the colorful market of the popular district of Antaimby is a must stop for photographers. Hikers will be able to choose the valleys of Bemarivo, or lakes of Andohabe and Andamory with possibilities of descent of river from the small Village of Antohomaro.
Antalaha. Difficult for the piroguiers to pass the barrier of reefs without imploring (mitalaho) the aid of the gods! From there came the name "Antalaha" that gave itself this old fishing village became an attractive city with its constructions of dhows and its cutting of semi-precious stones. To admire its site, nothing better than to reach the weather station at the top of a hill. In this country of vanilla you will know everything about culture of this orchid at the research station on the track of Maromandia. Trekking enthusiasts can indulge in their favorite sport in the steep valleys of the Ankavanana River. But it is mostly from Antalaha that a 40-km trail leads through the primary forest to Cape East. Antalaha is also a "gateway" to the Masoala National Park: protected areas consisting of a vast land park and three marine parks named Tampolo, Ambodilaitry, Ifaho. Trails for memorable walks from West to East or along the Peninsula. A veritable sanctuary of rare and sometimes unique plant or animal species.
Vohemar. Founded in the 9th or 10th century by waves of Arab immigrants, Vohémar accumulates a past of old Islamic city which also received many contributions from the distant Asia. Its name can mean both "numerous villages" and "many skeletons", necropolises having been brought to light. Strange as it may seem, the main wealth of Vohemar is the zebu. But it is also a small home port for the lovers of sea excursions. The lake of Andranotsara, "because its crocodiles are former villagers who saw their hamlet transformed into a lake following a cataclysm". At certain hours, its waters offer beautiful reflections moving by the play of the light of day on the algae of its bottoms. But Vohémar also combines with the near future while awaiting the rehabilitation of the road linking it to Ambilobe, which will definitely open the SAVA by land.
Andapa. The name of Andapa, which means "at the palace" or "at the command post", takes us back to the expeditions of King Radama who built a camp in Andapakova a little south of the present town. Andapa is nestled in a fertile basin that overlooks the massifs of Marojejy and Anjanaharibe. Anjiabe Hill is the best viewpoint to look at the layout and extent of the rice plots. A beautiful 106 km mountain road connects Andapa to Sambava through the forests of Marojejy and the layout of the Lokoho River. The Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve is located 35 km. It is the northern geographic limit of the Indri which is the largest lemur on the island, and is home to species native to the North East such as the Prevost Eurycerus or "Siketribe", Marojejy's emblem, or the Silky Propithecus or "Simpona". It is also here that the Takhtajania Perrieri, a plant with flowers that existed 120 million years ago, was rediscovered in 1994.
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