An undiscovered paradise of lemurs, baobabs, beaches and mountains for naturalists and adventurers.


April to December


A Madagascar safari offers a completely unique experience. For a start; there are no game drives. You explore the extraordinary biodiversity on foot. The national parks and reserves protect lemurs, endemic plants and birds to delight nature lovers. 5% of the world's biodiversity is found in this one large island, including 6 species of baobab tree and our smallest primate.

Sure, a Madagascar tour or holiday suits the more adventurous and curious traveller. Yet it also boasts some of the most unspoiled beaches in the Indian Ocean, so the classic combination of ‘bush and beach’ is definitely on the cards here.

Madagascar is like no other place on earth. This pint-sized ‘continent’ is neither Africa nor Asia. It split from Gondwanaland some 165 million years ago – a Noah’s ark, of sorts, sailing away to the east. This isolation led to a separate evolution of flora and fauna creating a paradise for safari visitors with over 20,000 species of flora and fauna, 80-90% of which are endemic to Madagascar.

This strangest of islands is an incredibly exciting wildlife destination, known for its lemurs, orchids (1000 species), chameleons (over half of the world’s population) and frogs (a mere 150 species!) Lemurs are the lure for most visitors, with nine-tenths of the world’s endangered lemurs only found on Madagascar. New species are being discovered still today.

We arrange mostly private tailor-made tours. Our visitors usually visit one or two of the prime wildlife areas such as Andasibe, the southern reserves of Ranomafana and Isalo or the unique spiny forest of the south. Then our guests end their Madagascar holiday relaxing on the gorgeous tropical beaches of Nosy Be, the northern islands or Ile Sainte Marie, for example.

However, a Madagascar tour is not for everyone! If you only like 5 star hotels throughout or if you need a trip to unfold exactly as the brochure says, then Madagascar may not suit. However, if you have a spirit of adventure, are amused by the unexpected, and are willing to accept some irritations and some more simple hotels, along the way, then this is a fascinating destination.

You experience the flora and fauna mainly by walking the forest trails, sometimes for several hours, sometimes in hilly terrain. So it’s best if you are reasonably active and mobile.

Our Madagascar tours use mostly simple hotels, tented camps and country lodges. However, the standards are improving, especially at the beach resorts where one or two deluxe options now exist.

Malagasy and French are the two main languages, though hotel staff and local guides all speak some English.



Why you may love it

  • Some of the most unspoiled beaches in the Indian Ocean.
  • Indigenous flora and fauna found nowhere else on earth.
  • Exciting wildlife destination, known for its lemurs, orchids, chameleons and frogs.
  • Nine-tenths of the world’s endangered lemurs only found on Madagascar.
  • The fascinating Malagasy culture

Explore the Madagascar map

When to visit Madagascar

Mid-January to March

Summer in Madagascar

Overall Madagascar has a tropical climate. The arid south-west and far northern parts of Madagascar are year-round destinations. But mid-January to March is cyclone season on the east coast of Madagascar, particularly February. Plus the eastern rainforests have a high summer rainfall (from November to April). So overall, this is not the best time to visit and some camps close. But if you do want to, we recommend choosing specific regions (Nosy Be and the north).
MAX TEMP 30℃ / 86 ℉
MIN TEMP 21.5 ℃ / 71 ℉

April to May

Good time to visit

This is a transitional period in Madagascar and certainly mid April onwards is a good time most parts of the country. It’s not too humid on the coast and the central highland areas are also a pleasant temperature.
MAX TEMP 29 ℃ / 84 ℉
MIN TEMP 19.5 ℃ / 67 ℉

June to mid-November

All-round interest

This is considered the best time by many to visit, especially September onwards. It’s the driest time in Madagascar and so ideal for a beach holiday and also trekking in the forests to see the lemurs. Note that the Central highlands around Tana and the south can be cool at night during the winter months of June to August.
MAX TEMP 25.5℃ / 78 ℉
MIN TEMP 15 ℃ / 59 ℉

Mid-November to mid-January

Increasing Humidity

Humidity and temperatures start rising from mid November onwards. Great if you like heat and pleasant inland temperatures. But the eastern rainforests will be wet. Not an ideal time if you want to do extensive hiking, given conditions under foot. But December is probably an under-rated month for Madagascar.
MAX TEMP 29 ℃ / 85 ℉
MIN TEMP 19.5 ℃ / 67 ℉

Popular tours & safaris

We arrange trips to more than 100+ destinations throughout the African continent.

View More Tours & Safaris

Start planning your dream trip

Find me the best in for

Need a little help? View our Safari Guide to help you get started


View More Accommodations

Enjoyed Madagascar

"We enjoyed Madagascar. We love the people, the countryside, the lodging (all were quite excellent) " Mrs Debbi Ball
Did you know
  • GeographyMadagascar is the world's 4th largest island.
  • HistoryMadagascar was a French colony.

Book with confidence


Start planning

How it works

Cedarberg talk-to-us
Chat with us about your perfect itinerary

Cedarberg curate
We listen, discuss and curate your ideal experience

Cedarberg pack
You pack and enjoy your holiday
staff image

Natasha Jantjies

Africa Travel Specialist

Hi I’m Natasha, I’m here to help you plan your ideal holiday experience

Subscribe to our newsletter

Keen to get some more useful info about planning a dream safari? Enter your name and email below

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.