Madagascar is approximately 400 kms off the south-east African coast in the Indian Ocean. Madagascar itself is the fourth largest island in the world and has as well numerous small islets covering in all over 500,000 sq. kms. On Madagascar a north - south mountainous ridge dissects the island. Cliffs drop down to a coastal plain through tropical forest. The western region descends through savannah to the coast.

The climate is tropical with variable rainfall, higher in the coastal region. Temperate conditions in the highlands with a warm, wet season from Nov-April and lower temperatures the rest of the year. Subject to periodic cyclones from the east. Temperatures vary between 20°C - 28°C.

Pre-travel Preparation Will Help Protect Your Health While You Are Away

Pre-travel preparation will help keep you safe and healthy while you are away. Please consult the Travel Doctor-TMVC before you travel overseas. We will provide specific recommendations tailored to your itinerary. Our doctors will assess and advise you on your risks, and recommend appropriate vaccination and medication to minimise your risk of becoming seriously unwell on your trip.

Insect Avoidance

There are a number of viruses and illnesses that are contracted through insects such as fleas, ticks and flies. Mosquitoes however are the biggest culprit of spreading insect borne diseases. Ensure you a prepared and read up on our insect avoidance tips.

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Safe Eating and Drinking Practices

One of the great pleasures of travel is sampling the local cuisine. However, contaminated food and beverages are a common cause of traveller’s diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal illnesses. Safe eating and drinking practices are essential in minimising your risk of contracting traveller’s diarrhoea.

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