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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.
Please visit our coronavirus page to stay informed about the latest developments in Madagascar.
Madagascar is safe to visit in our opinion, especially on a guided tour. This is certainly the case for most of the national parks and reserves, including Tsimanampetsotsa. As anywhere in the world, crime is mostly committed in cities and towns, so normal safety precautions should be followed when visiting urban centers independently. Read ‘Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below for more information.
For current information about the safety situation in Madagascar, it is worth reading the government travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security – Madagascar’ link below).
Visitors to Madagascar should get advice from their doctor or travel clinic regarding vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis. Aside from taking antimalarials, a good mosquito repellent (those with DEET are most effective) is essential. It is also recommended to wear long sleeves, trousers and socks in the evenings when mosquitoes are most active, to minimize the risk of getting bitten.
There are no dangerous mammals in Madagascar. There are some beautiful snakes in Tsimanampetsotsa NP, but none are venomous. Spiders and scorpions are present but bites or stings are very rare. When camping in the park, it is recommended you do not to walk around barefoot at night and to check shoes before putting them on. For more information, please read the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.