Seasons and Weather
Madagascar’s climate varies dramatically both by region and by season. From January to March the country, especially the central highlands and north coast, sees a lot of rain and the occasional cyclone. Accommodation prices, of those properties that actually stay open, drop during this time but the weather renders a lot of activities impossible. By April, the storms have begun to taper out and the country takes on a lush, green colour as the thoroughly hydrated plant life flourishes in full force. For nature lovers and those who want to surf, April and May are generally considered good months to visit.
If your purpose for visiting Madagascar is to see some of its spectacular wildlife then it is best to time your trip accordingly. Humpback whales can be spotted from July to September whereas baby lemurs are more common in October and November. The latter part of the year sees temperatures soar, making it excellent for lying on the beach.
Generally, April to December is the best period to head to the island of Madagascar. December can sometimes be the start of the rainy season but at the beginning of the month, rainfall should be at a minimum and lizards, snakes and chameleons are usually quite active during this time. For a combination of great weather and abundant wildlife, October and November are probably the best months to visit.
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