​Malaria & Safety – Andasibe-Mantadia NP

Philip Briggs
By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Insight guide to Madagascar.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Insight Guide to Madagascar.

Philip is the author of the Insight Guide to Madagascar.


Most parks and reserves in Madagascar, such as Andasibe-Mantadia, are safe in our opinion. It is very rare to encounter any crime in Andasibe-Mantadia or any other developed park in the country. When visiting towns between parks, normal safety procedures should be followed. Read ‘Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below for more information.

For up-to-date information about traveling to Amber Mountain NP and around Madagascar in general, please check the government travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security – Madagascar’ link below).

Malaria & Vaccinations

Several vaccinations are recommended when visiting Madagascar. Please check with your health care provider before your trip. Malaria is a concern in Madagascar and in Andasibe-Mantadia in particular. The risk is highest in the Wet season when there are more mosquitoes carrying the disease than in the Dry season. Aside from taking antimalarials, the use of mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are best) and covering up in the evening is highly recommended.

Wildlife Viewing

There are no dangerous large mammals in Andasibe-Mantadia or in Madagascar. There are some venomous spiders and scorpions on the island, but Malagasy snakes are effectively non-venomous. Spider and scorpion bites are very rare. Many visitors will have contact with leeches in the rainforest. Although off-putting, leeches are totally harmless. Wearing closed shoes, folding trousers into your socks and using insect repellent on your trousers and shoes all help to keep them away.

For more information, please read the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.

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