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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 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

Masoala National Park, Madagascar

Visiting Madagascar in January - March

January to March is cyclone season, so we would advise against traveling 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 Sainte-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 Sainte-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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