Best time to visit Madagascar

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Best time of year to visit Madagascar

The best time to visit Madagascar is June to August—you’ll discover remote paths of Stone Forest Tsingy de Bemaraha, walk its suspension bridges, explore the blooming Avenue of Baobabs, dance with the dead at Famadihana festivities, and enjoy a range of other outdoor activities. October is also a great option if you want to spot baby lemurs, chameleons, and a variety of birds. That’s also cocoa harvest season, and a prime time for beach holidays, white water rafting, and Ranomafana waterfalls. March must be the least fortunate but even this month has something to offer, namely caving with crocs and orchids spotting.

14 THINGS TO DO IN MADAGASCAR (JULY 30 - AUGUST 08)

Avenue of the Baobabs

Avenue of the Baobabs

June–August • nature

Take a relaxing walk amidst the huge blooming trees on the Avenue of Baobabs

Stone Forest Tsingy de Bemaraha

Stone Forest Tsingy de Bemaraha

May–November • nature

Tsingy astonishes with its razor-sharp limestone spires summits as well as its exotic inhabitants

Chameleons

Chameleons

August–November • nature

Have you seen how chameleon changes colours? The world's smallest species is found only in Madagascar

White Water Rafting

White Water Rafting

mid-July–mid-February • activity

Madagascan white waters provide excellent routes for novices and experienced rafters

Diving

Diving

May–December • activity

Large whale sharks, dolphins, manta rays and turtles - marine life of Madagascar is colourful and super rich

Suspension Bridges

Suspension Bridges

June–October • activity

Rope bridges of Tsingy de Bemaraha and Tsingy of Ankarana National Parks are ranked among the most dangerous footpaths found in the world

Kitesurfing

Kitesurfing

early April–late November • activity

Wind and waves of Madagascar are made for kitesurfers

Dancing with the Dead

Dancing with the Dead

early June–late August • event

At Famadihana festival Malagasy families dance with the dead

Sea Kayaking

Sea Kayaking

May–November • activity

Sea kayaking provides excellent opportunities to explore pristine intact beaches

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

early June–late September • nature

Acrobatic humpback whales perform spectacular leaps above the ocean

Breadfruit Season

Breadfruit Season

February–August • food

Breadfruit fries are as tasty as french fries, yet they cost one tenth of potatoes’ price

Lobster Season

Lobster Season

July–September • food

Try delicious lobster cooked in local style

Fishing at Lake Itasy

Fishing at Lake Itasy

April–November • activity

Lake Itasy surrounded with volcanic landscapes is a dream of every fisherman

Surfing

Surfing

July–October • activity

Madagascar perfect waves invite for a breathtaking surfing experience

15 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Jurassic​ Park with Lemurs

Jurassic​ Park with Lemurs

mid-September–October • nature

Canyons of Isalo conceal turquoise pools, beautiful frogs, colourful birds and dormant lemurs.

Indri Lemur

Indri Lemur

May–June • nature

Indri lemurs sing like whales, care like humans, sunbathe like tourists and look like panda

Independence Day

Independence Day

June 26 • event

“Hira Gasy” or musical presentation of Malagasy folklore – the highlight of the Independence Day celebration

Baby Lemurs

Baby Lemurs

October–November • nature

The only place in the world where you can see the many lemurs and their babies in the wild

Cocoa Harvest Season

Cocoa Harvest Season

October–November | May–June • food

Madagascar is famous for high-quality cocoa

Pirates' Cemetery

Pirates' Cemetery

November • activity

30 pirates’ graves, a goblet of coco rum and the odour of dried cloves will enchant everyone.

Beach Season

Beach Season

September–December • activity

Beach holidays in Madagascar can be combined with wildlife exploration

Exotic Fruits Season

Exotic Fruits Season

September–late December • food

Lychees, passionfruits, jackfruits, muskmelons – gifts from Madagascar unsparing summer

Hot Springs and Waterfalls of Ranomafana National Park

Hot Springs and Waterfalls of Ranomafana National Park

early October–late November • activity

A freshly cut bamboo branch is enough to lure a golden bamboo lemur closer

Betsiboka River

Betsiboka River

December–February • nature

Looks like wide streams of carrot juice have split over Madagascan gorges

Caving with Crocodiles​

Caving with Crocodiles​

November–April • activity

Challenge yourself in the caves inhibited by bats, crocodiles and other creatures

Jacaranda Tree

Jacaranda Tree

mid-September–mid-November  • nature

Purple crowns, purple floral snow and purple carpets – the privileges of Jacaranda trees

Orchids Spotting

Orchids Spotting

January–March • nature

Orchids have adapted to growing on the trees and rocky outcrops

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

late August–late December • activity

Twittering of colorful birds fills Malagasy rainforests

Sakalava Weavers

Sakalava Weavers

September • nature

Yellow-headed Sakalava veawers decorate Malagasy forests with hivelike nests.