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The Best Time to Visit Madagascar: When to See Lemurs, Coasts, and More

The Best Time to Visit Madagascar: When to See Lemurs, Coasts, and More

Madagascar’s beaches, rainforests, and incredible wildlife are reason enough to visit this island off the coast of Africa. But the best time to visit Madagascar? That depends on what you want to see while you’re there. Below, we break down Madagascar’s different climates and seasons so you can plan your trip accordingly and make the most out of your time in this enchanting country.

January-March

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The first three months of the year are travelable to Madagascar, but expect to get quite wet. There is a strong danger of cyclones in February, especially in the northeast of the island, and rainfall in January might exceed 340 mm. Even if there is less of a chance of getting caught in a storm in March, it is still the height of the rainy season.
While these months may offer you an inexpensive and uncrowded experience, many hotels, lodges, and national parks will be closed owing to erratic weather and a lot of mud. Making the most of what Madagascar has to offer is not ideal just now. April and December are considerably better options if you want to avoid visitors and don’t mind a little rain.

April-June

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Residents of Madagascar are relieved to see April after three months of rain. There may still be some rain, but there will also be lots of sunlight, which is just what the island’s wildlife needs to emerge from hiding. It’s a terrific time of year to see lemurs and reptiles taking advantage of the lush surroundings. By the beginning of April, most national parks will be accessible.

It is not yet peak season, making May one of the finest times to travel to Madagascar. Lemurs will be active in full force since they are no longer seeking refuge from the rain in the lush, colourful terrain. It will still be very simple to get lodging, and hotel rates are not yet at their highest point.

The Donia Festival, Nosy Be’s largest annual cultural celebration, takes place towards the end of May. The event, which spans many days and celebrates culture and solidarity, features locally produced music, dancing, and sport.

Although there may still be the occasional shower, the typical amount of rainfall is rapidly declining by June. At this time of year, humpback whales begin to return to the shore of Isle Sainte Marie, and the vegetation is especially stunning. The southwest of the island, which becomes quite hot in the summer, is best explored in June (try Isalo National Park). When the rice fields are harvested in the highlands in June, it is an astounding sight to witness.

July-September

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Beginning in July, Madagascar’s busiest travel period, it is advised that you make all of your reservations far in advance to prevent disappointment. We are currently in the middle of Madagascar’s winter, which causes temperatures to drop to a more comfortable 15-20°C and make conditions considerably drier. This indicates that the weather will be more refreshing than humid, making it perfect for a hike through a rainforest like Ranomafana. Despite some tiny species going into hibernation, the rainforests are teeming with life in July. A great time to see humpback whales is in July since they have made their way to the shore for the winter.

Similar cold temperatures prevail in August, which is also the month that dwarf lemurs and chameleons enter their hibernation cycles. Discovering the shore of Madagascar in August will be considerably more enjoyable for you. Nosy Be’s Tsarabanjina Island provides excellent snorkelling chances.

September delivers pleasant weather and a calmer environment. At the beginning of the month, when kids return to school, it is considerably calmer. You actually have the best of both worlds because when the temperature rises, hibernating animals emerge out of their slumber and start moving around again. The height of Madagascar’s bird nesting season is right now. One of the joys of your vacation can be watching the native birds, many of which have magnificent plumage and distinctive traits.

October-December

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October is a great month to visit Madagascar because of the nice warm weather and minimal rain. Additionally, it is lemur babies’ month. They are just a few weeks old and, when they swing through the trees on the backs of their moms, they adorable cling to them. A great place to see cuteness is the Andasibe Reserve.

In November, temperatures climb even further (to roughly 28°C), and all animal species come out of hibernation. This is a particularly fantastic month to watch the flora and animals because birds are still in their nesting season. There are numerous snorkelling chances and a wide variety of tropical fish in coastal regions like Tsarabanjina and Ifaty.

Madagascar’s warmest month, December, also marks the beginning of the wet season. The south of the island, where it is cooler and dryer, is where you should go. As chameleons, snakes, and lizards become more active as a result of increased rainfall, photographers will have a fantastic opportunity to get some action images.

If you don’t mind getting caught in a shower, December is a terrific time to visit Madagascar. Just remember to take both your beach attire and waterproof apparel.

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