​Malaria & Safety – Berenty PR

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.


Berenty Private Reserve is one of the most popular destinations in the country and is very safe to visit in our opinion. On an organized safari your guide will look out for your safety. If you’re on a self-drive trip around the country and visiting towns and cities, normal safety precautions should be maintained. Read ‘Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below for more information.

For current information about safety in Madagascar, it is worth checking the government travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security – Madagascar’ link below).

Malaria & Vaccinations

It is recommended to visit your doctor or travel clinic before coming to Madagascar. You will probably be advised to have some vaccinations and it is good to get the latest advice on malaria medication. Malaria is a concern in the country and aside from taking antimalarials, it is recommended to use mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are best) and to cover up in the evening to avoid getting bitten. The risk is highest in the Wet season after rain.

Wildlife Viewing

There are no dangerous large mammals in Madagascar. Malagasy snakes are all non-venomous, but some spiders and scorpions are venomous. The trails in Berenty are wide and well maintained, which reduces the risk of any bites.

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

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