​Safety & Security – Madagascar

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, Madagascar is generally safe to visit. Local people are happy to welcome visitors to their country. Several governments have advised against traveling to some specific areas, but tour operators will only take you to safe destinations. Please see the travel advisory links below for more information. As with many countries, there is some crime in the cities, but most problems can be avoided by following basic safety precautions. Around 300,000 tourists visit Madagascar every year, and the vast majority of visits are trouble-free.

Below are tips on staying safe in Madagascar.

Staying Safe on Wildlife Viewing Activities

There are no dangerous animals in Madagascar. Most wildlife viewing is done on foot, so sturdy walking shoes and protective clothing is essential. A walking stick can come in handy as well. All parks and reserves are very safe – all you have to do is follow your guide’s instructions. For additional tips:

Staying Safe in Cities & Towns

Most cities in the world see some crime and urban areas in Madagascar are no exception. Most issues are minor, such as petty theft and pickpocketing and you are very unlikely to encounter any trouble on guided activities. When venturing out in cities and towns alone, you should follow a few simple safety precautions: seek advice from your hotel before taking a walk; don’t wear jewelry or other valuables and only take the money you need with you; always take a taxi after dark. For more safety tips that apply to African cities in general:

Other Tips on Staying Safe

Please read the pages below regarding malaria and vaccination information for Madagascar, and general travel safety precautions.

Governments' Travel Advice

Please use the links below for government travel advice regarding Madagascar.

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