Best Time to Visit – Ankarana SR

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Insight guide to Madagascar.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Insight Guide to Madagascar.

Philip is the author of the Insight Guide to Madagascar.

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The Dry season months, from May to October, plus November, offer the best conditions for a visit. The Wet season is more challenging as it is hot with high humidity and heavy downpours can interfere with activities. The west of the reserve tends to become inaccessible during the Wet season months and due to risk of flooding, some of the caves can’t be visited at this time either.

Best Time May to November (Best hiking weather)
High Season July/August holidays (Park gets busy)
Low Season January to March (Low-season rates might apply, less busy)
Best Weather April to November (Little rain, less humidity)
Worst Weather January and February (Wettest months)

May to October Dry Season – Winter

  • It rains only a little and the forest paths are dry
  • Hiking is easier in cooler, less-humid conditions
  • All caves are accessible
  • Lemurs can be found throughout the year
  • Reptiles and amphibians are less active from June to September
  • The park gets very busy in July and August

November to April Wet Season – Summer

  • Lemurs are more active
  • Low season means less people and lower rates
  • Orchids bloom from October to December
  • September to December are the best bird-watching months
  • Lots of rain and high humidity
  • Some lodges are closed from December to March
  • Some caves are not safe to visit

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