The weather in Madagascar

Separated from Africa by miles of ocean, Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world and boasts four distinct main areas. The contrasting scenery of Madagascar is home to several national parks which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, since over 80% of the flora and fauna species found on the island are native to Madagascar.

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Whilst some parts of Madagascar can be enjoyed year round, the dry season is from April to October across most of the island. The wettest months are from December to March, which sees the eastern and northern rainforests battered by tropical storms - however the central highlands and southern coast remain relatively dry.

Madagascar Safaris - best times to visit...

Here is a general guide for the best times to visit for some of Madagascar's' popular activities:

  • Photography: April sees less rain by lush landscapes following the wet season, this combined with less visitors and bounding lemurs make for fabulous photography
  • Horticulture: April and May, the landscape remains lush following the wet season
  • Lemurs October and November is when you have the best chance of seeing newborn lemurs.
  • Humpback whale watching July to September off the east coast
  • Reptile spotting: September to December, as this is when many of the snakes and lizards come out of hibernation.
  • Bird watching: September to December as this is breeding season.
  • Shoulder Season Rates: April

Please contact the Mahlatini team if you have a question about the Madagascar climate and the choice of luxury accommodation we offer.

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