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 snorkeling. You can expect a bit of a breeze and the rainfall is usually overnight.

Climate guide for Madagascar

, Madagascar

Average temperatures (Fahrenheit) and rainfall (mm)

Jan
86°F 16mm
Feb
86°F 17mm
Mar
85°F 13mm
Apr
84°F 5mm
May
82°F 3mm
Jun
78°F 4mm
Jul
78°F 2mm
Aug
79°F 2mm
Sep
85°F 1mm
Oct
88°F 5mm
Nov
89°F 8mm
Dec
88°F 12mm
Jan
86°F 16mm
Feb
86°F 17mm
Mar
85°F 13mm
Apr
84°F 5mm
May
82°F 3mm
Jun
78°F 4mm
Jul
78°F 2mm
Aug
79°F 2mm
Sep
85°F 1mm
Oct
88°F 5mm
Nov
89°F 8mm
Dec
88°F 12mm
Jan
32°F 0mm
Feb
32°F 0mm
Mar
32°F 0mm
Apr
95°F 3mm
May
94°F 0mm
Jun
92°F 0mm
Jul
91°F 0mm
Aug
93°F 0mm
Sep
95°F 0mm
Oct
95°F 1mm
Nov
97°F 3mm
Dec
96°F 6mm
Jan
94°F 10mm
Feb
93°F 13mm
Mar
93°F 5mm
Apr
90°F 3mm
May
87°F 1mm
Jun
85°F 1mm
Jul
83°F 1mm
Aug
87°F 0mm
Sep
90°F 1mm
Oct
92°F 2mm
Nov
92°F 2mm
Dec
92°F 4mm
Jan
86°F 16mm
Feb
86°F 17mm
Mar
85°F 13mm
Apr
84°F 5mm
May
82°F 3mm
Jun
78°F 4mm
Jul
78°F 2mm
Aug
79°F 2mm
Sep
85°F 1mm
Oct
88°F 5mm
Nov
89°F 8mm
Dec
88°F 12mm

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