Best Time to Visit – Kirindy Forest

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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Kirindy Forest can be visited at any time, but wildlife viewing is best from October to April. However, January to March is quite wet, hot and humid. Sometime in late October/November the fossas mate and that is one of Madagascar’s true wildlife highlights. The exact timing though is very unpredictable. Giant jumping rats hibernate in the Dry season and tenrecs are also mostly seen only after rain.

Best Time October to November (Fossas most active/mating)
High Season July/August and December holidays (The park gets busy)
Low Season January to March (The reserve is not busy)
Best Weather May to September (It is cooler and dry)
Worst Weather January to March (It rains a lot)

April to October Dry Season – Winter

  • Not much rain and access to the reserve is easy
  • Activities aren't interrupted by rain
  • Lemurs can be found throughout the year
  • Reptiles and amphibians are less active
  • Giant jumping rats hibernate
  • The park gets busy in July and August

November to March Wet Season – Summer

  • Best wildlife-viewing months
  • Reptiles are more active and colorful
  • Fossas usually mate between late October and late November
  • December to March is quite wet, hot and humid
  • The access road to the reserve might be in bad condition

Wildlife Photos

Best Time to Go to Madagascar by Major Park

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