Is Madagascar safe to visit?

Madagascar is a welcoming travel destination for independent and self-drive travellers, and a safe country to visit. As with all countries, there are some things to keep in mind when it comes to staying safe as a tourist. In this blog, we advise you on road safety, crime, and general safety, so you can enjoy a carefree holiday in Madagascar.   

Safety in Madagascar

In general, embassy reports on travel in developing countries tend to be overly cautious. In the case of Madagascar, it is disheartening to see that certain incidents are highlighted with little respect to the local context, resulting in a distorted view of the actual safety situation. Our professional and personal experience of Madagascar has always been that of a safe country, with friendly locals and a welcoming atmosphere. Do note that in less frequented regions, where tourism is uncommon, locals often communicate only in Malagasy.

Crime in Madagascar

When it comes to crimes in Madagascar, we recommend you use your head and be street-smart. Recognize that you're travelling in a country where the general population may have less financial means. To minimize the risk of theft, always park your car in secure areas, leave valuable items, such as diamond rings, at home, and avoid leaving valuables exposed in your hotel room. While hotel theft is generally not a major concern, it's best to take precautions just in case.

Double-check offered services

Madagascar is renowned for its welcoming and occasionally shy locals, known for their warmth and readiness to help travellers. However, when someone offers their guiding services, we always advise you to be upfront and ask for any expected remuneration to avoid uneasy situations.

Car safety in Madagascar

Roadtrip Africa has been exploring Madagascar by road for many years now. You should be safe driving in Madagascar, and the experience is fun and rewarding as long as you take your time, be aware of potholes and avoid driving at night. Check our Driving in Madagascar section for more self-drive travel tips and safety advice. 

Safety in Madagascar