Malaria & Safety – Ifotaka Forest

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.

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It is generally very safe to visit Ifotaka Community Forest. Most visitors stay in the excellent Mandrare River Camp and arrive here by chartered flight or road transfer. A professional guide will look after you on the scenic drive from Taolagnaro, and flights are very safe as well. Independent travelers should seek the latest advice before heading out to this remote area.

Malaria & Vaccinations

It is recommended that you visit your doctor or travel clinic before coming to Madagascar. You will probably need to have some vaccinations. Malaria is a concern in the country and aside from taking antimalarials, it is recommended to use mosquito repellent (DEET as the active ingredient is most effective) and to cover up in the evening to minimize the risk of getting bitten. There are more mosquitoes after rain, therefore the Wet season months pose the greatest risk.

Wildlife Viewing

There are no dangerous large mammals in Ifotaka Forest. Malagasy snakes are all non-venomous, but some spiders and scorpions are venomous. Bites or stings are very rare. The trails in Ifotaka forest are well maintained, which reduces the risk of contact with any nasty creepy-crawlies.

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

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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