The quaint town and commune of Sahambavy is situated in Madagascar, in the popular district of Fianarantsoa II, which comprises part of the Haute Matsiatra region. The commune hosts a small population of not more than 17,000 people, most of who live off the land.
The commune’s residents are generally farmers, with the predominant crops being rice, cassava and potatoes. The humid, tropical environment ensures that the plants thrive and the area also boasts an impressive tea plantation which was established as far back as 1970. Tours to Sahambavy allow you to revel in the breath-taking scenery while immersing yourself in the local people’s simple, hard-working way of life.
The area is beautiful and lush, surrounded by the dense Sahambavy forest which shelters a wealth of animals and birds. As you creep though the vibrant forest, scan the tree tops, hunting for some of Madagascar’s rarer bird species, including Pollen’s Vanga, the collared nightjar and Madagascar brush-warbler.
Farihy Sahambavy is the expansive lake found in the tiny town, which is part of the reason why the farms in the region have enjoyed such fruitful harvests. The region is elevated 1,170 metres above sea level and boasts a temperate, wet forest biozone.
Fianarantsoa is Haute Matsiatra’s capital and was established in the early 19th century; today still boasting some of its original architecture. The town boasts a number of impressive cathedrals, along with a university that has a penchant for political activism and a number of wine industries. Enjoy a safari tour to Sahambavy and revel in your exotic surrounds, enjoying the presiding peace and tranquillity of the attractive area.