Malaria & Safety – Sainte Luce Reserve

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.

Travel Alert

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Travel Alert


Sainte Luce Reserve is usually visited when staying at the well-run Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge. The lodge is safe to visit, whether you arrive by chartered flight or road transfer. When driving around the country and visiting towns and cities, normal safety precautions should be taken. Read ‘Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below for more information.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Anybody planning a holiday in Madagascar should visit their doctor or travel clinic to get up to date with certain vaccinations. You should also get the latest advice on malaria, which is a real concern throughout the country, including Sainte Luce Reserve. Aside from taking antimalarials, it is recommended to use mosquito repellent (ensure it contains DEET) and to cover up (especially feet and ankles) in the evening to minimize the risk of getting bitten.

Wildlife Viewing

There are no dangerous large mammals in Madagascar or in Sainte Luce Reserve in particular. There are many snakes in the area, but Malagasy snakes are all non-venomous. There are some venomous spiders and scorpions but bites and stings are extremely rare. There are leeches in the forest, but although unpleasant, they are totally harmless. Putting your trousers in your socks helps to keep them off your skin. For more information, please read the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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