Madagascar in detail

When to go and weather

High Season (Jul & Aug)

  • Especially busy because of European school holidays.
  • It’s winter – balmy temperatures by day, cool nights (cold in the highlands), stormy seas and rain on the east coast.
  • There’s also a spike of high-season activity at Christmas/New Year.

Shoulder (Apr–Jun, Sep–Dec)

  • The best time to go: warm temperatures and fewer visitors.
  • Some areas don't open fully until April or May if the roads haven't dried up from the summer rain.

Low Season (Jan–Mar)

  • Cyclone season: all coastal areas are susceptible.
  • Rainy season everywhere – some areas inaccessible.
  • January and February are some of the best months for wildlife viewing.
  • Discounts available in many hotels.