Best Times to Visit Madagascar
The best time to visit Madagascar is from April to October. This dry season brings fewer rain showers, meaning optimal conditions for observing animals, hiking and participating in water sports activities. Although accommodation rates are higher at this time, properties will be easier to access due to the country's roads being clear. Temperatures will also be more comfortable than they are during the wet season.
Weather in Madagascar
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Madagascar's dry season may bring slightly cooler temperatures than what you'll find between November and March, but its bright days – you'll enjoy up to eight hours of daylight this time of year – and comfortable temps – highs generally hover in the low to mid-70s – make this season the best time to visit. The prevalence of rain showers will decrease significantly, making roads more accessible. Plus, these months are prime for hiking, surfing, diving and spotting animals. Surfing conditions are best in April and May, while August, September and October are great for diving and snorkeling. And in the middle to latter part of the season, you'll improve your chances of seeing baby lemurs, humpback whales and various bird species. But remember, hotels and airfare will be pricey from April to October (especially in July and August when school is out for the summer), so book several months in advance to ensure availability.
The country's wet season occurs annually from November to March, leaving visitors with poor conditions for getting around Madagascar and observing its wildlife. Many roads become inaccessible, some months only offer five hours of sunlight and several attractions close early due to the weather. January, February and March, Madagascar's cyclone season, are especially unpleasant. What's more, average daytime temps soar into the high 70s and low 80s, but consistently high humidity can make the area feel significantly hotter. Though a wet season visit is not recommended, if you do decide to go between November and March, you'll increase your chances of spotting reptiles like chameleons and geckos. You'll also find reduced room rates at the few hotels that stay open this time of year.
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