When to go to Madagascar by Wildlife and events
Discover the best time to go to Madagascar by the wildlife you want to see, from baby lemurs and chameleons, to humpback whales. We’ve also had a look at popular Malagasy events, including the Madajazzcar Festival.
With 100% of the world’s wild lemur population and in excess of 50 species, this is usually a huge item on the wish list for visitors to Madagascar. Visiting in October or November you will stand a good chance of seeing young lemurs. Humpback whales are seasonal, arriving into Madagascan waters to give birth and nurture their calves between July and September off the east coast. Princesse Bora Lodge is a particularly good base for this, which you can visit on safaris such as our Lemurs, Whales & Beaches Safari and provides the perfect honeymoon finale! Amphibians and reptiles are more commonly seen during the rainier months of January to March, whilst September to December is an excellent time for birding as it is breeding season.
Lively celebrations and festivals occur year-round in Madagascar, and whilst you may catch the odd one just by chance, the October Madajazzcar Jazz Festival in Antananarivo is popular, as is Donia in Nosy Be with its sporting events and carnival. Slightly quirkier is the Feria Oramena or annual lobster festival in in Taolagnaro, on the South coast, which takes place in June.