Best Time to Visit – Nosy Mangabe 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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Nosy Mangabe’s climate is wet and humid. The best weather conditions are from September to November and this is overall the best time for hiking. July to the end of September is a special time as this is when humpback whales come to the bay to breed. Reptiles are most active and colorful from September to February and lemurs have babies around October.

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

August to November Dry Season

  • It is drier and the forest paths are less slippery
  • In October, many lemurs have babies
  • Whales come to the bay to calve from July to September
  • It can be cool at night
  • Many reptiles are less active

December to July Wet Season

  • Reptiles and some small mammals are more active
  • Orchids bloom from January to March
  • September to January is best for bird watching
  • It rains more and the humidity is higher
  • Choppy seas might make boat crossings impossible
  • Forest paths can become difficult to navigate
  • There is a risk of cyclones during February and March

Wildlife Photos

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