​Malaria & Safety – Isalo 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.


Isalo National Park is a very popular destination and is safe to visit in our opinion, especially on an organized tour. You’re likely to visit towns on any trip in Madagascar that incorporates Isalo, and independent travelers should take normal safety measures when doing so. Read ‘Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below for more information.

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

Malaria & Vaccinations

It is advisable to have several vaccinations before traveling to Madagascar. There is a risk of contracting malaria in Madagascar and in Isalo in particular. There are more mosquitoes during the Wet season months and therefore more chance of contracting malaria. It is, however, advisable to take antimalarials at any time of the year. Also make sure to bring a good mosquito repellent (containing DEET) and cover up in the evening.

Wildlife Viewing

There are no dangerous mammals to worry about in Madagascar. Although Madagascar has many beautiful snakes, none of them are venomous. There are venomous spiders and the rocky terrain of Isalo is a favorite habitat of some scorpions. Scorpion and spider bites are very rare.

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

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