​Malaria & Safety – Kirindy 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.


In our opinion Kirindy Forest is a safe destination. In fact, all parks and reserves in Madagascar are considered safe to visit on an organized tour. Nearly all are safe for independent travel too, including Kirindy Forest. There is petty crime in the cities, as is the case all over the world. Read ‘Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below for more information.

The access road to the reserve can deteriorate during the Wet season months from December to April, so you should seek local advice before heading out there by yourself during these months.

For current information about safety in Madagascar, you can check the government travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security – Madagascar’ link below).

Malaria & Vaccinations

Several vaccinations are recommended before coming to Madagascar. Malaria is your biggest health concern, especially in the Wet season months from November to March. Take advice on the best antimalarials for the area and don’t forget to use mosquito repellent (containing DEET) and to cover up in the evening to minimize the risk of getting bitten.

Wildlife Viewing

There are no dangerous mammals in Madagascar or in Kirindy Forest, in particular. Madagascar has some beautiful snakes and all of them are non-venomous. There are some venomous spiders and scorpions on the island but bites are very rare.

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

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