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.

Best time to visit

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.

Climate guide for Madagascar

, Madagascar

Average temperatures (Celsius) and rainfall (mm)

Jan
30°C 16mm
Feb
30°C 17mm
Mar
29°C 13mm
Apr
29°C 5mm
May
28°C 3mm
Jun
25°C 4mm
Jul
25°C 2mm
Aug
26°C 2mm
Sep
29°C 1mm
Oct
31°C 5mm
Nov
32°C 8mm
Dec
31°C 12mm
Jan
30°C 16mm
Feb
30°C 17mm
Mar
29°C 13mm
Apr
29°C 5mm
May
28°C 3mm
Jun
25°C 4mm
Jul
25°C 2mm
Aug
26°C 2mm
Sep
29°C 1mm
Oct
31°C 5mm
Nov
32°C 8mm
Dec
31°C 12mm
Jan
21°C 0mm
Feb
22°C 0mm
Mar
21°C 0mm
Apr
19°C 3mm
May
18°C 0mm
Jun
16°C 0mm
Jul
15°C 0mm
Aug
17°C 0mm
Sep
18°C 0mm
Oct
21°C 1mm
Nov
23°C 3mm
Dec
22°C 6mm
Jan
34°C 10mm
Feb
34°C 13mm
Mar
34°C 5mm
Apr
32°C 3mm
May
31°C 1mm
Jun
29°C 1mm
Jul
29°C 1mm
Aug
30°C 0mm
Sep
32°C 1mm
Oct
33°C 2mm
Nov
34°C 2mm
Dec
33°C 4mm
Jan
30°C 16mm
Feb
30°C 17mm
Mar
29°C 13mm
Apr
29°C 5mm
May
28°C 3mm
Jun
25°C 4mm
Jul
25°C 2mm
Aug
26°C 2mm
Sep
29°C 1mm
Oct
31°C 5mm
Nov
32°C 8mm
Dec
31°C 12mm
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