When to Visit Madagascar: The Ideal Season for Your Island Adventure

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Nature lovers like to visit Madagascar because of its unique plant and animal species, but the island also offers festivals and a vibrant culture. With its 230,000 square miles, there’s adventure aplenty for those seeking it. There are lowland rainforests, forest-lined beaches, semi-arid deserts, and even active volcanoes, but the climate itself is perhaps the island’s most surprising feature.

An Adventure Awaits

Seasons are unreliable when visiting the island, so people focus on the best months for visiting this remarkable place. Here’s what you can expect based on the time of year.

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Visiting Madagascar from January to March promises a wet experience. Rainfall can reach up to 340 millimeters and February is a month for cyclones on the northeastern parts of the island. The rainy season goes well into March, although there are fewer cyclones at that time. This unpredictable weather makes visiting at the time cheap, but most hotels and parks are closed.

Visiting During Spring

Rainfall stops in April, and the residents of Madagascar finally get some sunshine. This makes the local wildlife come out of hiding, and all kinds of reptiles and lemurs can be observed. Most national parks also open in early April.

May is a great month to visit Madagascar because the landscape is lush and vibrant and lemurs can be seen everywhere. At the end of May, the biggest cultural event of the year takes place: the Donia festival. It goes on for several days and celebrates unity and culture. June is also great for adventure as the flora gets particularly striking and humpback whales return to the coast.

Visiting the Rest of the Year

In July, Madagascar’s peak tourist season begins. This is Madagascar’s winter, with temperatures being lower and conditions being ideal for adventures through the rainforest, which is buzzing with life this time of year. Dwarf lemurs and chameleons start going into hibernation, so the coast becomes a preferred destination. September is when things get warmer and hibernating creatures become active again. It is also the peak of the bird breeding season.

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There are lovely warm temperatures and little rain in October. Baby lemurs can be seen clinging to their mothers, and temperatures rise even further in November. December is the hottest month in Madagascar, and it also marks the start of the wet season, so tourist opportunities start to decrease.