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More than 90% of Madagascar’s flora and fauna, including lemurs and other primates, aren’t found anywhere else in the world. It also promises its visitors a memorable safari experience with adventures such as whale-watching, snorkelling, diving, and hiking. To plan a successful visit to the island, you need to know the best time to visit Madagascar. We’ll start by sharing the ideal times to visit four of Madagascar’s renowned national parks.

Best Time To Visit Madagascar – National Parks And Game Reserves

The table below denotes the best months to visit some of Madagascar’s popular safari spots.

National Park/Game ReserveBest time to visit Madagascar
Amber Mountain National ParkApril-May, October-November
Andasibe-Mantadia National ParkApril-May, October-November
Isalo National ParkMay-October
Ranomafana National ParkApril-May, September-November

Madagascar through the Months

March to May ( Autumn) – shoulder season, warm and dry weather

In May, visitors can enjoy the Zegny Zo Art Festival in Antsiranana with dancing and traditional music. At this time of the year, the days are very dry and sunny. April is great for hiking and scenic safaris while between April and May is a good time for wildlife viewing in Madagascar’s national parks such as Amber Mountain, Andasibe-Mantadia, and Ranomafana National Park. The game drives will usually be planned for the morning or evening when the temperatures are pleasant. This time of year it is the best time to watch one of Madagascar’s primary attractions, Lemurs running across the vegetation.

June to September (winter ) – high season, balmy weather, cooler nights, colder in the highlands

The central highlands, also known as the Central High Plateau, are a mountainous region in central Madagascar. In June, the people of central highlands celebrate the festival of Famadihana for 120 days. It is a traditional funeral festival during which the locals exhume their ancestors bodies and re-wrap their bones in fresh clothes with their ancestors names on them. These reburial ceremonies include feasts, dancing, and music. Although it is a bit spooky to spend your safari celebrating a funeral tradition, it is a unique experience.

From June to September, you can enjoy whale watching. The east coast is the best place to watch humpbacks as they move north and continue with their migration pattern. In addition, the humpback whales mate and give birth between July and September in the waters near Masoala National Park. You can watch the mating dance where the males try to impress the females with their fin strikes, jumps, and rising above the water. Furthermore, you could get lucky and witness the incredible phenomenon of the whale birthing its calf.

Although it may not be the best time for wildlife viewing, it is a great time for adventures such as diving and snorkelling in the clear Madagascar waters.

September to December (Spring) – shoulder season, warm weather

Every year in October, the country holds Madajazzcar Antananarivo, the annual jazz festival, so music lovers should plan their trip accordingly to enjoy this wonderful music festival.

Apart from the April to May period, October to November is one of the best times to visit Madagascar’s national parks to see the wildlife.. The start of the rains may close some of the parks in November. With rainfall comes the mating and birthing of reptiles, amphibians, and bird species.

January to March (summer) – Low season, Rains

In Madagascar, the summer rains ) aren’t as welcoming as the rest of the year. Whereas in some semi-arid regions of the west and south, the heavy rainfalls are rejuvenating, turning the dull landscape into a bountiful inviting oasis, in other places cyclones are a possibility.

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