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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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September to October is the best time to travel to Madagascar as the weather is a little warmer and the lemurs are more active.

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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 81°F 12" 81°F 11" 81°F 9" 79°F 4" 79°F 1" 77°F 1" 73°F 1" 75°F 1" 77°F 1" 79°F 1" 81°F 3" 81°F 9"
Anakao 91°F 3" 90°F 3" 90°F 1" 90°F 1" 86°F 1" 82°F 0" 81°F 0" 81°F 0" 84°F 0" 88°F 1" 88°F 1" 91°F 3"
Fort Dauphin 84°F 9" 86°F 7" 84°F 8" 82°F 4" 81°F 5" 77°F 5" 75°F 4" 75°F 4" 77°F 3" 81°F 3" 82°F 4" 84°F 7"
Île Sainte-Marie 84°F 13" 86°F 16" 84°F 19" 82°F 16" 81°F 12" 77°F 10" 75°F 10" 75°F 7" 77°F 5" 79°F 3" 82°F 4" 84°F 10"
Mantadia National Park 81°F 13" 81°F 13" 81°F 11" 79°F 4" 75°F 3" 72°F 4" 68°F 4" 68°F 3" 72°F 2" 77°F 2" 81°F 5" 81°F 10"
Ranomafana National Park 81°F 15" 81°F 12" 79°F 11" 77°F 4" 75°F 2" 72°F 2" 68°F 2" 70°F 2" 73°F 2" 79°F 2" 81°F 6" 81°F 11"

Month-by-month guide to traveling in Madagascar

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 »

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