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As the biggest island in the Indian Ocean, Madagascar is situated just off the east coast of Africa and is home to thousands of plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world. With breath-taking views of nature, white sand beaches, stunning rainforest, and delicious local food, this spot offers an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Famous for its enchanting lemurs and idyllic beaches, Madagascar is an exotic mix of colourful wildlife and breathtaking scenery.

Best known for its lemurs (primitive relatives of monkeys, apes, and humans), colourful chameleons, stunning orchids, and towering baobab trees, Madagascar is home to some of the world’s most unique flora and fauna. … This distinctive biodiversity is a result of Madagascar’s geographic isolation.

Madagascar is a year-round destination with a few rainy months from November to April loaded with nature and wildlife, there are few countries on earth that offer as much biodiversity as Madagascar which makes this remote island worth visiting especially for adventurers and nature lovers.

Getting to the island is a challenge; there are a few direct long-haul flights (from Johannesburg, Nairobi, and Paris to Antananarivo), but most routes are out of Johannesburg (to Antananarivo and Nosy Be), so overnighting in Joburg is recommended.

 Madagascar is a relatively cheap destination. The most expensive part of visiting Madagascar is usually the flights. In 2017, well-known travel blogger, Nomad Matt reported that although “getting to the country is expensive, once you are there everything is incredibly cheap”.

Popular destinations

  • Antananarivo
  • Nosy Be
  • Isalo National Park
  • Tsingy de Bemaraha
  • Avenue of the Baobabs

Best time to travel to Madagascar

Madagascar has a tropical maritime climate that is influenced by altitude, the monsoons, and proximity to the sea. Thus, the change of seasons here is expressed in changing of directions of winds and amount of precipitation rather than in temperature.

The dry season in Madagascar extends much longer than the rainy season and runs from April to October and is marked by cool temperatures, especially in the evenings and early mornings.

July is the coldest month here. Despite that July and August are peak seasons and the most popular months among tourists. This is no surprise as the weather is beautiful and pleasant with fewer chances of rain meaning optimal conditions for observing animals, hiking and participating in water sports activities.

Many travellers think that, because they are traveling to Africa, it will most likely be warm. This is not the case at night and early morning from May through September—particularly in June, July and August. The nights and early mornings can be chilly (possibly near freezing), so we recommend bringing warm layers you can “peel” off as it warms up throughout the day. A warm jacket or fleece pullover is perfect.

The principal wet season is from late December through to the month of March; often involving cyclones, it is probably best avoided! The best time to go to Madagascar is therefore between the months of April through to mid-December.

Therefore, the best time to visit Madagascar is between the months of April to mid-December.

Between July and September is the right time for spotting Madagascar’s migrating humpback whales. After spending half the year in their feeding grounds in Antarctica, only then do the whales come to the warm and nice tropical seas of Madagascar to mate and give birth. During their breeding season in summer humpback whales come closer to the water surface and amuse visitors with their stunts.

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