July marks the beginning of the high season and booking your trip early is highly advisable in order for you to secure the safari you really want, without making sacrifices on location or accommodation. This will be the busiest month of the year so far, but with good reason.
We are now in the midst of the Madagascan winter and the temperature is at its lowest for the year. This means trekking the naturally humid rainforests can be refreshing and airy. The rainforests are alive with unique flora and fauna, with loads of different lemurs and other animals getting on with their daily lives in the jungle depths. Being so dry does mean that some of the species are hibernating; mainly small mammals and reptiles.
If you’re looking for marine-life, you won’t miss out. July is the first official month of whale watching season in Ile Sainte Marie and the incredible humpback whales will have fully settled into their winter home meaning that substantial groups can often be seen from the island and in particular from Antongil Bay. The humpbacks can also be spotted from Fort Dauphin, Tulear and Nosy Be. Their breaching (which is part of their courting ritual) is an astonishing event to witness. The whales are here to calve and look after their young in warmer waters, and at the end of September they will start to leave, again heading south towards Antarctica. We recommend staying in the lovely Princesse Bora Lodge where you can join the Megapetra research team and help them to log the activity of the whales. For other great beach locations in July, try Tsarabanjina, where you can snorkel picturesque turquoise waters and experience a totally different and unique marine world.