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Coordinates: 13°12′S 49°3′E / 13.200°S 49.050°E / -13.200; 49.050

Ambilobe is located in Madagascar
Location in Madagascar
Coordinates: 13°12′S 49°3′E / 13.200°S 49.050°E / -13.200; 49.050
Country Flag of Madagascar.svg Madagascar
Region Diana
District Ambilobe
Elevation[1] 47 m (154 ft)
Population (2001)[2]
 • Total 56,000
Time zone EAT (UTC3)

Ambilobe [amˌbilʷˈbe] is a city (French: commune, Malagasy: kaominina) in Madagascar. It belongs to the district of Ambilobe, which is a part of Diana Region. The town is the capital of Ambilobe district, and according to 2001 census the population was approximately 56,000.[2]

Town hall of Ambilobe


It is situated at the Mahavavy River and the Route Nationale 6 at its junction with the Route Nationale 5a to the Sava region.

In addition to primary schooling the town offers secondary education at both junior and senior levels. The town provides access to hospital services to its citizens. Farming and raising livestock provides employment for 40% and 35% of the working population. The most important crop is sugarcane, while other important products are cotton, rice and tomato. Industry and services provide employment for 13% and 2% of the population, respectively. Additionally fishing employs 10% of the population.[2]

Albert Zafy, Madagascar's president from 1993 until 1996, was born in Ambilobe.

The town is served by an airport known as the Ambilobe Airport.[3]


Given the challenging commercial landscape, Sterling Energy pulls plug on Madagascar project.[4]


Classified as a tropical monsoon climate, occasionally also known as a tropical wet climate or tropical monsoon and trade-wind littoral climate. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Am" (Tropical Monsoon Climate).[5]


  1. ^ Estimated based on DEM data from Shuttle Radar Topography Mission
  2. ^ a b c "ILO census data". Cornell University. 2002. Retrieved 2008-02-13. 
  3. ^ Airport information for Ambilobe Airport (FMNE). DAFIF. October 2006.
  4. ^ [1] Ambilobe Block.
  5. ^ "Climate Summary for Ambilobe". Retrieved 2013-12-17.