Best Time to Visit Madagascar

Deciding when to visit Madagascar isn’t too complicated as the island has a distinct wet season and dry season. January to March sees heavy rainfall in many areas which can make some roads all but impassable. Some accommodation closes in the wet season and there is a high risk of cyclones in the east and northeast.

In general, the best time to visit Madagascar is from April to October/November. The coolest time to travel anywhere is during the dry season from May to October. Find out more about the wondrous places to visit in Madagascar, the adventurous things to do in Madagascar and the exquisite luxury hotels in Madagascar. Alternatively, contact us and a member of our Madagascar travel team will talk you through everything you need to know to plan your trip. Average maximum temperatures during dry season vary from about 30°c in coastal areas to around 25°c on the Hauts Plateaux, in the highlands 800 m/2,600 ft above sea level. In Antananarivo and other highland areas, temperatures during winter (May to October) can drop to 10°C and even lower during the night. In Eastern Madagascar whale watching off Ile Sainte Marie is best from mid-July to mid-September. The island of Miavana off the North Coast of Madagascar is an all year round destination. Unlike other parts of northern Madagascar which often experience heavy rainfall and cyclones from January to March, these months are a good time of year to be on Miavana for fishing and the waters are clear for snorkelling. You can expect a bit of a breeze and the rainfall is usually overnight.

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Climate guide for Madagascar

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Central Madagascar 29°C 85mm 27°C 71mm 25°C 231mm 23°C 113mm 21°C 177mm 21°C 1mm 17°C 30mm 19°C 38mm 23°C 0mm 26°C 53mm 29°C 109mm 27°C 107mm
Eastern Madagascar 3°C 15mm 7°C 8mm 10°C 12mm 11°C 30mm 16°C 3mm 19°C 1mm 24°C 9mm 23°C 29mm 18°C 39mm 14°C 50mm 9°C 42mm 7°C 69mm
Northern Madagascar 4°C 0mm 7°C 0mm 9°C 1mm 11°C 9mm 13°C 16mm 20°C 36mm 23°C 15mm 21°C 16mm 17°C 23mm 14°C 59mm 8°C 11mm 7°C 20mm
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