​Malaria & Safety – Andohahela 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 in Madagascar are safe destinations in our opinion. Andohahela National Park is safe to visit on an organized tour and your guide will look out for your safety at all times. If you are visiting the park independently, it is advisable to get current information before heading out. When visiting towns en route, normal safety precautions should be maintained. Read ‘Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below for more information.

It is worth checking the government travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security – Madagascar’ link below) for current information about traveling to Andohahela NP and around Madagascar in general.

Malaria & Vaccinations

You might need some vaccinations before traveling to Madagascar. Consult with your doctor or visit a travel clinic. Malaria is present throughout Madagascar and the risk is highest in the Wet season. You should take antimalarials, and the use of mosquito repellent containing DEET and covering up in the evening are highly recommended as well.

Wildlife Viewing

There are no dangerous large mammals in Madagascar. Malagasy snakes are all non-venomous, but some spiders and scorpions are not. Bites from these creepy-crawlies are, however, very rare. Many visitors will come into contact with leeches. In Andohahela they are only found in the less visited rainforest section of the park. Although a nuisance, they are harmless. Wearing closed shoes, putting trousers into your socks and using insect repellent all help to keep them off you.

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

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