Best Time to Visit – Masoala NP

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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Masoala National Park has a very wet climate typical of the east coast of Madagascar. The weather is best between September and November. Between July and the end of September the humpback whales stay in the area to have their calves. The best time for spotting reptiles is September to February, and many lemurs have their young around October and November. Hiking is best in the driest months from August to November.

Best Time August to January (Less rain)
High Season July, August and December holidays (The park doesn't get busy)
Low Season February to April (Low-season rates might apply)
Best Weather September to November (Less rain)
Worst Weather February to April (Wettest months)

August to November Dry Season – Winter

  • It rains less and the forest paths are better for walking
  • In October/November, many lemurs have babies
  • Whales stay in the bay to have young from July to September
  • It gets cool at night
  • Animals tend to be less active

December to July Wet Season – Summer

  • Orchids bloom from January to March
  • September to January are the best bird-watching months
  • Reptiles and some mammals are more active
  • It rains a lot and the humidity is high
  • Forest paths can become very muddy and slippery
  • February to April often see extreme weather including cyclones

Wildlife Photos

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