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Ambanja (Madagascar)

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Due to its location on the banks of the Sambirano River and its microclimate, Ambanja is a particularly fertile land.


This natural wealth is favourable to coffee, vanilla, ylang-ylang and cocoa farming. Relatively untouched by tourism, this city and its region will appeal to those who love to get off the beaten track.

Madagascar cocoa beans are world renowned. Even if it only represents between 1 and 5% of world production, the island's cocoa is highly esteemed. This is especially because it produces a rare type, the "criollo", which is famous for its strong flavour and low bitterness.

A visit to Ambanja is therefore a wonderful occasion to discover its cocoa plantations. For example, you can visit the Millot plantation on the road to Antsahampano, which was established over a century ago. Many of the world's top chefs have done just that. You will see the cocoa trees that grow in the shade of centuries-old trees and learn all about the farming, harvesting and processing of cocoa beans. And, of course, it's all 100% organic!