​Malaria & Safety – Bemaraha 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.


Bemaraha NP is very safe to visit in our opinion, especially on an organized tour. It is rare to encounter any crime in any of the parks and reserves on the island and Bemaraha is no exception. When visiting towns independently, normal safety procedures should be followed. Read ‘Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below for more information.

For current information about traveling in Madagascar, please read the government travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security – Madagascar’ link below).

Malaria & Vaccinations

Several vaccinations are recommended before coming to Madagascar. Aside from taking antimalarials, the use of mosquito repellent (the best contain DEET) is highly recommended. By covering up in the evening you can also minimize the risk of getting bitten.

Wildlife Viewing

There are no dangerous mammals in Bemaraha or in Madagascar for that matter. There are some venomous spiders and scorpions. The rocky terrain of Bemaraha is a good habitat for scorpions in particular. When camping in the park it is recommended not to walk around barefoot at night and to check shoes before putting your feet in. However, scorpion and spider bites are very rare.

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

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