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when to travel in madagascar


each season has its particularity, its beauty and attractions. the choice of the travel period depends primarily on the interest and principal objective of every traveler.

photographer: the island of madagascar is a paradise for photographers. each season has its peculiarities, however, special mention is given to the months of april and may just after the rainy season when vegetation is still green and lush, fauna and flora vibrant and active as the days are long, the air clear, the sky clear of any impurities such as the morning mist and drizzle still unknown in the highlands and high plateau in particular and the afternoons  free of the storms particular to summer period.

whale watching: july to september in the bay of antongil, in the channel of sainte marie, along the south coast of madagascar and in the southern part of the mozambique channel for the humpback whale, megaptera novaeangliae, and october to december in the mozambique channel, north and south of nosy be for the whale shark rhincodon typus.

lemurs: mainly from september to october when the new-born lemurs can be observed clinging to the back or the womb of their mother. though visible throughout the year, the lemurs are easier to observe during the long summer days when they have longer periods of activity. chances to observe nocturnal lemurs are increased significantly when the nights are clear of rain, the temperature high and the moon in its cycle from new moon and the first quarter and between the last quarter and the successive new moon.

bird watching: september to december is the period of breeding of birds and is the best time to observe them when they are most vocal. visits before and after this period however have shown their interest particularly in southern and western parts of madagascar and especially for birds that are not restricted to forests.

reptiles, amphibians, insectivorous mammals: are present and visible all year long but with a peak during the summer which corresponds to the rainy season from january to march. certain species of reptiles, most amphibians and insectivorous mammals are more difficult to observe during the austral winter, from may to september, when they are hibernating.

snorkeling, diving and fishing: possible throughout the year. for diving, however, the period from april to october is best suited when the waters are less turbid, rivers and streams carrying less silt in the sea.
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