Indian Ocean is jam-packed with things to do. The hardest part of planning your holiday will be deciding which to do first!
Located about 400 kilometres off the African continent, Madagascar the world’s fourth largest island has a true Noah’s Ark ecosystem. Away from the busy world, Madagascar’s beauty is wholly cultivated by nature. It is home to a mosaic fauna of which more than 80% of it is considered as endemic island species. The volcanic massif of the interiors of Madagascar are densely layered by native forestation sheltering a varied population of Lemurs, birds and lizards to name a few.
From Antananarivo to Nosy Be, each region of Madagascar has its own charm and uniqueness. The Great Red Island is so vast that one week or even one month seem too short for leaving this place with no regret. You will discover this immensity at the pace of minibus and that is probably the most beautiful part of it; Madagascar is still preserved from mass tourism. A trip to Madagascar is a journey to authenticity, a place where the beauty of nature takes you to the remains of the past.
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With its ideal location in the western part of the Indian Ocean, Madagascar enjoys a mild climate that can prevail during the course of the year. However, depending on climatic areas, landscapes, activities and attractions contrast and sometimes quite dramatically. High plateaus like the Antananarivo region can get windy and cold in winter. The west coast and its turquoise waters enjoy tropical sunshine all year with barely any raincloud. On the east side of the island, rainfall irrigates the savannahs and their opulent forestation from December to April and from June to August.
Summer in Madagascar starts in November and ends in April. This period is characterised by a hot and humid atmosphere where coastal regions temperatures can reach up to 35°C.
In winter (May-October), things can really change. On high plateaus, the temperature can drop to 5°C. Central and eastern regions see morning drizzles and mist while beaches of the west are still lukewarm.
When to visit Madagascar
The only period to avoid is the cyclonic one which is from December to March as cyclones can get somewhat intense in this part of the world.
West & North:
For beach holidays, the western northern coast are best to visit in September & October as there is practically no rainfalls and wafts work in favour of the numerous water-based activities.
East, South, Central:
The south of Madagascar has a semi-desertic climate and can be visited during most time of the year. For the eastern & central region, it is best to avoid rainy periods. Overall, the best time to visit Madagascar is during the seasonal change intervals.
Population: 22.9 million (2013)
Total area: 587,041 km2
Language: Malagasy & French
Currency: Malagasy ariary
Time zone: UTC +4
Mean summer temperature: 22.5 °C
Mean winter temperature: 14 °C
Warmest months: January - February
Cyclonic period: December-March
01-JAN: NEW YEAR
28-MAR: EASTER DAY
29-MAR: MARTYRS DAY
01-MAY: LABOUR DAY
05-MAY: ASCENSION DAY
16-MAY: WHITE MONDAY
26-JUN: INDEPENDENCE DAY
01-NOV: ALL SAINTS' EVE
11-DEC: REPUBLIC DAY