When is the best time to go to Madagascar?

The best time to visit Madagascar is undoubtedly the dry season, which runs from early April to late October. Located below the equator, the island experiences reversed seasons compared to France. This dry season corresponds to the austral winter, offering mild and pleasant days.

However, the rest of the year should not be ruled out: as the country is vast, there is always a region of the island that is spared from rain between November and March.

Choosing the timing of your trip to Madagascar will therefore depend on your interests and what activities you wish to do there:

  • For hiking in the Highlands, the months of April to November are ideal. During the day, temperatures are mild and nights are cool. It's the perfect time to explore extraordinary landscapes without getting wet from the rain.
  • For diving and enjoying the beach, visit Madagascar between April and October. The water temperature is cooler than during the austral summer, but the underwater visibility is exceptional, and you can relax in the sun or under the shade of a coconut tree.
  • When to go to Madagascar to observe the famous lemurs? Good news: all year round! National parks remain open throughout the seasons, and you will have no trouble spotting this emblematic animal in its natural habitat.
  • To see whales, go in August. The channel separating Sainte-Marie Island from the mainland is a privileged spot to observe humpback whales that come there to calve. Moreover, the Whale Festival is celebrated on Sainte-Marie Island during this period.
  • To witness cultural events, you will have plenty of choices. For example, in Nosy-Bé, in the north of the island, you can attend the Donia festival in May, which is nothing less than the largest music festival in the Indian Ocean! Another significant event is the Famadihana, which celebrates the deceased and takes place on the highlands in September.

Packing-wise, remember to bring warm clothes, especially if you plan to visit the Highlands between April and October (sweater, light jacket, scarf, socks...). Regardless of the season, don't forget to pack good hiking shoes, a waterproof jacket, a hat, and of course, a swimsuit!



Where and when to go based on the weather?

Central of Madagascar
Antananarivo, Antsirabe, Isalo National Park...

April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December
63°F to 90°F°C
0 to 23 days
January, February and March
72°F to 85°F°C
13 to 24 days

East Coast of Madagascar
Toamasina, Sainte-Marie Island, Vangaindrano...

May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December
63°F to 88°F°C
0 to 23 days
77°F to 85°F
January, February, March and April
70°F to 88°F°C
3 to 24 days
83°F to 86°F

North of Madagascar
Nosy Be, Antsiranana, Sambava...

July, August and September
77°F to 83°F°C
0 to 10 days
77°F to 81°F
May, June, October, November and December
79°F to 88°F°C
1 to 24 days
79°F to 85°F
January, February, March and April
85°F to 88°F°C
6 to 26 days
85°F to 86°F

South of Madagascar
Fort Dauphin, Itampolo, Ambovombe...

April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November
74°F to 88°F°C
0 to 5 days
74°F to 79°F
January, February, March and December
85°F to 90°F°C
3 to 11 days
79°F to 81°F

West Coast of Madagascar
Morondava, Mahajanga, Toliary...

May, June, July, August, September, October and November
81°F to 94°F°C
0 to 16 days
76°F to 85°F
April and December
88°F to 92°F°C
2 to 23 days
83°F to 86°F
February and March
86°F to 90°F°C
5 to 23 days
85°F to 86°F
January
86°F to 90°F°C
11 to 27 days
85°F to 86°F

Best time to travel to Madagascar by cities

Chargement en cours
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Climate and Weather in Madagascar

Due to its geographical location in the heart of the Indian Ocean, not far from Mauritius, the climate in Madagascar is tropical and has two distinct climatic seasons:

  • The dry season (which includes the austral winter) extends from early April to late October. Temperatures are generally mild during the day and cool at night. As for precipitation, it is mostly confined to the east coast.
  • The rainy season occurs between early November and late March. Although the thermometer shows ideal temperatures, the rain, present over much of the island, creates a very humid atmosphere. However, as is often the case in tropical countries, showers mainly occur in the afternoon and evening. Thus, even in the heart of the season, the sun can be very present and offer very pleasant days.

Madagascar: Baie d'Antsiranana, au nord de Madagascar

The weather in Madagascar varies depending on the part of the country:

Climate around Antananarivo (the Highlands)

With an average altitude of 1200 meters, this part of the island of Madagascar is where temperatures are the coolest, especially at night in July and August. If you plan to visit during this period, be aware that it can be cold and windy. It is essential to pack warm clothes. During the rainy season, showers can be very heavy in this region.

Climate on the east coast of Madagascar

The eastern coast has the particularity of experiencing only wet seasons! Indeed, a rainy season runs from December to April, and another one hits the east coast of Madagascar between June and August. Outside of these periods, the weather is somewhat milder, but still humid. The most favorable months to visit this part of the island are therefore May, September, October, and November.

Climate on the west coast of Madagascar

The west coast, especially around Toliara, is the driest and sunniest part of Madagascar. Throughout the year, the southwest experiences strong and hot sun, with light rains between December and March. In the northwest, in cities like Nosy-Bé, the dry season extends from May to October.

What about cyclones?

The official cyclone season runs from mid-December to mid-April, but most of them occur from January to March. If you are planning a trip to Madagascar during this period, it is advisable to avoid the east coast, as well as the northern and southern tips, which are the most affected. They do not occur every year, but they can be extremely destructive.


Temperatures and rainfall in Madagascar

On these 3 graphs, we present the evolution of temperatures of Madagascar and month-by-month rainfall for the cities of Antananarivo, Nosy Be, Ambovombe, Antsirabe and Antsiranana, as well as the month-by-month sea temperature for coastal cities.


Peak visitor numbers and tourist seasons in Madagascar

Find out when Madagascar has its high tourist season (the period when the influx of tourists is highest) and off-peak tourist season using our data and figures.

Tourist seasons in Madagascar

The months with low numbers of tourists are: January, February, March, April, May, June and September. The number of visitors to Madagascar is high in: July, August, October, November and December.

  • Very low season in Madagascar: January, February, March and June.
  • Low season in Madagascar: April, May and September.
  • High season in Madagascar: July, October, November and December.
  • Peak season in Madagascar: August.

Figure: Visitor index for Madagascar month by month


Average price for flights to Madagascar

A return flight between London and Antananarivo is generally cheaper if you go in february ($ 872 on average): this is the best time for travellers on a tight budget. In contrast, you may end up paying $ 691 more for your airline ticket to Antananarivo if you go in august.

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Where to go in Madagascar?

This table allows you to see the maximum temperature for each city and our opinion on the weather month by month (see colour legend below the table).

Cities jan.feb.mar.apr.mayjun.jul.aug.sep.oct.nov.dec.
Antananarivo77°F77°F76°F74°F72°F68°F67°F70°F74°F79°F81°F79°F
Nosy Be85°F85°F85°F85°F83°F81°F79°F81°F81°F83°F85°F85°F
Ambovombe88°F88°F86°F85°F81°F77°F77°F79°F83°F85°F86°F88°F
Antsirabe72°F74°F72°F70°F68°F65°F63°F67°F72°F76°F76°F74°F
Antsiranana85°F85°F86°F86°F85°F83°F81°F83°F83°F85°F86°F86°F
Fort Dauphin86°F86°F85°F83°F79°F76°F74°F77°F79°F83°F83°F86°F
Isalo National Park85°F83°F83°F81°F77°F76°F76°F79°F85°F88°F90°F88°F
Itampolo90°F90°F90°F88°F85°F83°F81°F83°F86°F86°F88°F90°F
Mahajanga86°F88°F88°F88°F86°F85°F85°F86°F88°F90°F90°F90°F
Morondava90°F90°F90°F90°F86°F85°F83°F85°F88°F88°F90°F92°F
Sainte-Marie Island85°F85°F85°F83°F79°F77°F74°F76°F76°F79°F81°F85°F
Sambava88°F88°F88°F86°F83°F81°F79°F79°F81°F83°F86°F88°F
Toamasina85°F85°F85°F83°F79°F77°F74°F76°F76°F79°F81°F85°F
Toliary90°F90°F90°F88°F85°F83°F81°F83°F86°F86°F88°F90°F
Vangaindrano85°F85°F85°F81°F79°F76°F74°F76°F77°F81°F83°F85°F
Ambanja85°F85°F85°F85°F83°F81°F79°F81°F81°F83°F85°F85°F
Ambaramidada (Mitsio)85°F85°F85°F85°F83°F81°F79°F81°F81°F83°F85°F85°F
Amber Mountain National Park85°F85°F86°F86°F85°F83°F81°F83°F83°F85°F86°F86°F
Analalava86°F86°F86°F88°F88°F86°F86°F88°F90°F90°F90°F88°F
Andasibe-Mantadia National Park77°F77°F76°F74°F72°F68°F67°F70°F74°F79°F81°F79°F

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Is this weather information for Madagascar reliable?

Climate data for Madagascar has been gathered every day since January 2009. The analysis of these meteorological data for Madagascar allows us to determine the average for each month in Antananarivo, Nosy Be, Ambovombe, Antsirabe, Antsiranana, Fort Dauphin, Isalo National Park, Itampolo, and 34 other cities.

So yes: this data is reliable except in cases of temporary climate disruption in the region.

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