Safari in Madagascar: prices, when to go and where

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Madagascar is an island almost twice the size of Italy, where man and nature are the protagonists. Surrounded by small islands and archipelagos, it contains a natural paradise perfect for discovering "wildlife": a Safari in Madagascar allows you to see animals such as lemurs and pit, chameleons, incredible birds, but also spectacular rock formations. In addition, there are beaches with beautiful coral reefs to snorkel in.
Let's see together the five best safaris in Madagascar and all the useful information to organize them.


  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. When to go: climate and best time
  3. Northern Madagascar - Parks and Islands
  4. Tour in the Malagasy Great South
  5. Madagascar Discovery
  6. The south and west of Madagascar
  7. South Madagascar: between nature and culture
  8. What to wear and what to pack
  9. User questions and comments
  10. Request a personalized quote

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 24,89 million
  • CapitalAntananarivo
  • Languages: Malagasy language, French language
  • Local currency: Malagasy ariary MGA (€ 1,00 = 3.997,78 Malagasy ariary)
  • Weather: tropical climate, average temperatures min 22-23 ° C and max 29-30 ° C all year round
  • vaccinations: no vaccination required. Consult your doctor to consider any basic vaccinations and boosters (pertussis and rabies, tetanus, diphtheria, polio), those against typhus, hepatitis A and B
  • Entry requirements: passport with residual validity of at least 6 months at the time of entry into the country. Visa required for tourism or business up to 90 days in the country
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    When to go: climate and best time

    Madagascar has a tropical climate and being very large it has different climatic zones. In general, the dry season from April to October is to be preferred. Here is the specific situation.

    • Weather: tropical, arid in the southwest, rainy along the east coast and mild in the mountains. There is a rainy season from November to March and a dry season from April to October (except on the east coast where it rains all year round). Madagascar has the seasons reversed compared to Europe.
      Temperatures all year round vary from min. 22-23 degrees to max 29-30. The sea temperature is around 24-25 degrees from June to September, 28 from October to May.
    • Best time: the best time to go on excursions and visit the flora and fauna attractions is from April to October. To go to the beach, on the west coast from mid-May to October, on the east coast in September and October. The north-west part is hot all year round (Mahajanga, Nosy-Be, Antsiranana), while in the central-southern part September and October are preferable. In Nosy-Be you can go from mid-May to October. To see the humpback whales it is good July and September, the lemurs between October and November. April is the ideal month to avoid the high season and observe lush landscapes, lemurs and parks.
    • Period to avoid: to avoid the winter period, in particular from January to March when there are rains. In the period from November to mid-May, Madagascar can be affected by tropical cyclones, which form in the southwestern Indian Ocean.

    1 - Northern Madagascar - Parks and Islands

    The itinerary includes safari in the north of Madagascar, discovering the province of Diego Suarez: you can admire the Ankarana reserve with the karst pinnacles, its varied vegetation and an exceptional fauna made up of lemurs, mongooses, snakes and birds. L'Amber mountain national park it hosts 7 species of lemurs, 75 species of birds and 25 of amphibians, as well as waterfalls, lakes and craters. Again, the famous Tsingy el 'island of Nosy Be characterized by deserted white sand beaches and the Marine Park of Nosy Tanikely, ideal for snorkeling and diving.

    This Safari does not present particular dangers, but here the climate is dry and hot so take shelter adequately, be ready to face excursions and long walks. Certainly for lovers of snorkeling and relaxing on the beach, the days on the island of Nosy Be will be unforgettable!

    • Best time: from May to September
    • Recommended duration: 12 days
    • Average price: starting from € 2.750,00 per person - ask for a quote

    2 - Tour in the Great Malagasy South

    Il Safari in the south of Madagascar allows you to observe various ethnic groups that populate the island, such as those in the city of Tulear, the Ranomafana National Park with its streams, waterfalls, trails through the rainforest, several species of lemurs and other endemic animals, the Isalo National Park rich in rock formations and large canyons crossed by small streams.
    Also interesting is the visit of Ifaty, a corner of paradise for those who love beaches and the sea: here it will be possible to participate in various activities including snorkeling, diving, excursions in traditional Vezo boat and quad.

    The climate in this area is hot and rainfall is scarce, only in the Ranomafana Park is it cooler and more humid. This kind of safari is ideal for trekking lovers, since it contemplates the visit of two parks and other paths: the walks are for all levels of difficulty!

    • Best time: September and October, the summer period in general
    • Recommended duration: 11 days
    • Average price: starting from € 2.490,00 per person - ask for a quote

    3 - Madagascar Discovery

    Madagascar Discovery is a safari where you can spot the country's "Big 4": humpback whales, Tsingy in Bekopaka, huge baobabs in Morondava and Indri-Indri, the largest lemurs on the island. In particular, in Morondava you will see mangroves, natural habitat full of animal life; you can take a game drive through tropical forests and baobab savannahs, villages and some rivers aboard barges; excursions to the Little Tsingy, high rock formations that stand out on the savannah, in the tropical forest inhabited by lemurs Sifaka.

    Yet, you will admire in Marozevo chameleons, geckos, reptiles, crocodiles and colorful butterflies, you will visit the Andasibe Reserve, with the rainforest full of streams and waterfalls, gigantic ferns, flowers and varieties of orchids and in which you can spot the largest living lemur, the Indri-Indri.

    In Vakona Park live crocodiles, snakes, herons, chameleons.
    Finally, Saint-Marie, an island with fascinating beaches, where in addition to relaxing you will be able to meet the famous humpback whales, gigantic mammals present in the warm Indian Ocean.

    The safari is intense and allows for various excursions, sometimes heavy: it is recommended for those who want to go on an adventure in nature and for individual travelers. Get ready physically to tackle different routes of medium difficulty.

    • Best time: from September to November, from April to August
    • Recommended duration: 15 days
    • Average price: starting from € 3.650,00 per person - ask for a quote

    4 - The South and West of Madagascar

    The safari between south and west of Madagascar allows you to enjoy the beaches, villages, adventurous 4x4 excursions and parks.
    The difficulty level is medium, but it must be taken into account that over 1.000 km will be covered on stretches of road made of earth, sand and rocks, so you need resistance, a spirit of adaptation and adventure.
    During the safari we visit the Nahampoana Reserve, with the forest dotted with unique tropical plants, a mountainous backdrop where various species of lemurs live including the sifaka, the catta, the bamboo and the microcebus.
    It passes through the peninsula of Lokaro and Sainte Luce with fine sandy beaches, rocky islets, forests, tropical plants and shallow waters; there Ranopiso forest, where there is the endemic triangular palm Dypsis decaryi; the Andohahela National Park which is home to lemurs, birds, reptiles and amphibians; there Reserve of Berenty and Cap Sainte Marie; the Tsimanampetsotsa National Park, with caves, ancient baobabs, turtles and, from April to October, pink flamingos.

    Anakao, Toliara and Saliary Bay are other places that you will discover, along with Morombe, Morondava, Antsirabe, Anatananarivo and Belo sur Mer.
    Finally, other parks that you will be able to visit are the Kirindy Mitea National Park, with forests, beaches and lakes, the Kirindy's Private Reserve and Tsingy de Bemaraha, Unesco heritage, composed of sharp, fluted and laminated limestone rock up to 50 meters high, various endemic animals and plants.

    • Best time: from June to November
    • Recommended duration: 23 days
    • Average price: starting from € 4.500,00 per person - ask for a quote

    5 - South Madagascar: between nature and culture

    The safari in southern Madagascar is not a difficult route, however in the parks and reserves a good physical shape is required: many hours of trekking are carried out, sometimes impervious.
    In the Ranomafana park, frequent rains are likely, so a k-way is essential.

    The tour includes observation of the skilled craftsmen of the Vakinankaratra region (Antsirabe), while they work precious stones, aluminum and the horn of Zebu. You visit the Ranomafana National Park, to discover endemic animals, flora and fauna, the Isalo National Park with the granite boulders carved by nature and the myriads of lichens on the rocks. Finally, the observation of the funerary art that characterizes the graves of local ethnic groups, rich in bright colors. The local population does not like the photo of the graves, however, sometimes, for a fee, they turn a blind eye!

    • Best time: April, June, September and October
    • Recommended duration: 10 days
    • Average price: starting from € 2.640,00 per person - ask for a quote

    What to wear and what to pack

    In winter (June-August): for the central-southern and eastern coasts bring spring / autumn clothes for the day, a sweater and a light jacket for the evening; for the east coast, k-way or umbrella; for the northern coast, Antananarivo and the plateau, light clothes, a sweatshirt and hat for the evening, a scarf for the wind.

    In summer (December-February): for the coast and inland areas, light and breathable clothing, sun hat, light sweatshirt for the evening, k-way or umbrella; for Antananarivo and the plateau, light clothes for the day, sweatshirt and light jacket for the evening, raincoat or umbrella.

    • Recommended clothing: light clothing, some long-sleeved garments to avoid mosquito bites and sweatshirt for the evening, especially in parks. Bring clothing with colors like white, beige and natural colors that are less attracting to mosquitoes.
    • Useful accessories: hat, sunglasses and sunscreen, snorkeling equipment, water shoes or rubber soled shoes, backpack for excursions, first aid kit, hiking shoes, swimsuit and beach towel.

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