When Is The Best Time To Visit Madagascar?

Madagascar is a one-off; there is no other place like it. Its landscapes, animals and plants are simply fantastic! Near the equator with an astonishing array of habitats, ranging from rainforests to deserts and from mountain tops to mangrove swamps, it is one of the most important countries for biodiversity on the planet. The tropical climate is a perfect host to the process of nature and like nowhere else, the variety and richness of life has flourished. The weather and climate can change a lot throughout the year and when you go to experience this remarkable country, depends on your preferences. Below we have outlined the different seasons and the weather/climate expected.

 

Madagascar Summer: DecemberMarch (Hot and Rainy Season)

  • The rains start to come.  The North East is still relatively dry in December.
  • January/February should definitely be avoided as it becomes monsoon season – due to the heavy rainfall causing the already difficult roads to become muddy and impassable. The RN7 is still drivable so the ‘classic’ Madagascar route is still possible for those who can only travel in this season
  • This is the best time of year for orchid lovers

 

Madagascar Autumn: March – May (Dry and Warm)

  • After the rains have passed.  Everything is lush and green and fertile
  • Late March is great in the South West, but some roads in the North and West can still be recovering from the monsoon season.
  • April and May is the perfect time to visit.  Great wildlife, great weather and not too many tourists.

 

Madagascar Winter: June – August (Dry)

 

  • This ideal season for trekking / activities as is the coolest time in Madagascar.  Temperature vary in the different areas but typically around 20 degrees Celsius
  • Evenings (especially in the highlands) can get very cool at night (10 degrees Celsius)
  • Good time for seeing lemurs, but due to the cooler weather smaller mammals and reptile will be less active
  • July and August can be busier in the national parks due to school holidays.
  • August and September are ideal for keen birdwatchers to visit Madagascar.

 

Madagascar Spring: Sept – November (Dry and Hot)

  • September to November is highly popular, as even North Eastern Madagascar is dry now.
  • August and September are ideal for keen birdwatchers to visit Madagascar.
  • It is hotter with very little rain, great for spotting chameleons and lizards, but quite hot for trekking / activities – in November temperatures start to rise rapidly.
  • October is particularly perfect for witnessing baby lemurs.
  • Main downside with this time of year is that it is the peak season so national parks are busier with more tourists

 

 

 

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