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Red ruffed lemur, Madagascar

When is the best time to visit Madagascar?

The best time to visit Madagascar depends on what you want to do and see. The country is green and fresh after the rain that falls between January and March, with lemurs and reptiles active and easy to spot. While there are some heavy downpours from April to June, these are interspersed with sunshine, while July and August are cool and dry, making this an ideal time for exploring.

The whales arrive on Ile Ste Marie in July and remain until the end of September. Between September and November the weather is particularly lovely, remaining fine and warm. This is also when jacarandas are in flower and many lemurs have young. While December is hot, lemurs, reptiles and tenrecs are active, which makes for good wildlife viewing.

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Madagascar Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Amber Mountain National Park and Joffreville 27°C 313mm 27°C 278mm 27°C 225mm 26°C 99mm 26°C 25mm 25°C 22mm 23°C 30mm 24°C 23mm 25°C 15mm 26°C 24mm 27°C 70mm 27°C 222mm
Anakao 33°C 88mm 32°C 76mm 32°C 36mm 32°C 13mm 30°C 15mm 28°C 12mm 27°C 5mm 27°C 4mm 29°C 10mm 31°C 14mm 31°C 34mm 33°C 76mm
Fort Dauphin 29°C 222mm 30°C 187mm 29°C 215mm 28°C 111mm 27°C 119mm 25°C 116mm 24°C 114mm 24°C 109mm 25°C 67mm 27°C 74mm 28°C 110mm 29°C 172mm
Île Sainte-Marie 29°C 334mm 30°C 416mm 29°C 484mm 28°C 406mm 27°C 309mm 25°C 266mm 24°C 261mm 24°C 181mm 25°C 119mm 26°C 77mm 28°C 113mm 29°C 251mm
Mantadia National Park 27°C 325mm 27°C 333mm 27°C 268mm 26°C 108mm 24°C 72mm 22°C 90mm 20°C 90mm 20°C 78mm 22°C 58mm 25°C 52mm 27°C 129mm 27°C 263mm
Ranomafana National Park 27°C 375mm 27°C 295mm 26°C 284mm 25°C 97mm 24°C 60mm 22°C 63mm 20°C 57mm 21°C 51mm 23°C 45mm 26°C 43mm 27°C 148mm 27°C 271mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in Madagascar

Masoala National Park, Madagascar

Visiting Madagascar in January - March

January to March is cyclone season, so we would advise against travelling to Madagascar during this time.

Coquerel Sifaka

Visiting Madagascar in April - June

Heavy downpours can still be expected in April, May and June, but between these showers the sun will usually shine. Following the rainy season the landscape is lush and green, with wildlife such as lemurs and reptiles often making an appearance. 

Whale watching in Nosy Be, Madavoile Yacht Charter, Madagascar

Visiting Madagascar in July - August

This is a good time to try spotting humpback whales as they begin to arrive in Ile St Marie. The weather is cool and dry, making this a comfortable time to explore.

Events & Festivals

  • Spot humpback whales (July to September): Humpback whales migrate from the Antarctic to waters around Ile Saine-Marie at this time of year to calve, making for unforgettable sightings from the shore or on a boat expedition. Read more
Diademed Sifaka, Andasibe, Madagascar

Visiting Madagascar in September

The weather is fine and warm. Humpback whales can still be seen in Ile St Marie until the end of the month, while lemurs begin to give birth to young.

Events & Festivals

  • Spot humpback whales (July to September): Humpback whales migrate from the Antarctic to waters around Ile Saine-Marie at this time of year to calve, making for unforgettable sightings from the shore or on a boat expedition. Read more
Exploring Anja Park,Ambalavao

Visiting Madagascar in October

Temperatures begin to increase around the country and jacarandas are in bloom, displaying their vibrant purple flowers.

Events & Festivals

  • See fossa in western Madagascar (October and November): Endemic to Madagascar, fossa are cat-like, carnivorous mammals. October and November are a great time to spot them in the deciduous forests of western Madagascar. Read more
Gecko in Andasibe, Madagascar

Visiting Madagascar in November - December

Temperatures continue to increase around the country, although there is a little bit more in the way of rain. Lemurs, reptiles and tenrecs can often be spotted at this time.

Events & Festivals

  • See fossa in western Madagascar (October and November): Endemic to Madagascar, fossa are cat-like, carnivorous mammals. October and November are a great time to spot them in the deciduous forests of western Madagascar. Read more

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