Madagascar in October; weather and where to go
Similar to September, October is a pretty perfect time to travel to the huge island of Madagascar. One of the most magical highlights of the month has to be the baby lemurs. Pregnant ringtail, and other, lemurs give birth in September. So by October, there are lots of baby lemurs around of ages varying by just a couple of weeks. They are held by their mother for the first few weeks, until they are strong enough to cling to the hairs on their backs. At this time, they hold on effortlessly as their mums scuttle around on the ground, or swing through the trees. Every now and then they dare to take just a few steps away from the adults on a mini-adventure of their own, before heading back to the safe clutches of mother. What a wonderful and unique thing to experience! Mandrare River Camp is an excellent spot for witnessing this.
Crowds are smaller as we move away from school holidays, but the weather is warmer, meaning excellent beaches. The snorkelling around Madagascar is sublime and the oceans clear and bright turquoise. Definitely bring an underwater camera if you can. Unfortunately, the humpback whales will have left the coast by now, but there is plenty more marine-life to keep you interested.
If the bouncing baby lemurs aren't enough to convince you of October, there are plenty of other highlights that are sure to draw you in.