​Malaria & Safety – Marojejy 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.


In our opinion, parks and reserves in Madagascar are generally safe places and crime is very unusual within these protected areas – this includes Marojejy National Park. Independent visitors should always adopt the usual precautions in towns and cities, as you would in most urban places in the world, as petty crime does exist. If you are on an organized tour your guide will look out for your safety. For more information, read ‘Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below.

Please check the government travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security – Madagascar’ link below) for current information about safety in Madagascar.

Malaria & Vaccinations

It is recommended to visit a travel clinic before coming to Madagascar. You might need some vaccinations and you can get the latest advice on which antimalarials are the most effective. Malaria is present in Madagascar, especially during and after the rainy season. The use of mosquito repellent (ideally containing DEET) is recommended, and it is good practice to wear clothes that cover you at night to avoid being bitten.

Wildlife Viewing

There are no dangerous mammals to worry about in Madagascar. There are some venomous spiders and scorpions in the country, but bites are very rare. You will almost certainly come into contact with leeches and, although off-putting, it is important to remember they are totally harmless. Wearing closed shoes, long socks and putting trousers inside your socks all help to keep them off.

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

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