Madagascar has a hot, subtropical climate. In the south and west, the country is hot and dry, and monsoons and cyclones (between December and March) tend to only reach the north and eastern regions.

The rainy season lasts from November to March. The mountainous regions of Madagascar are cooler than the rest of the country – warm with some thunderstorms from November to April, and cooler and windier the remainder of the year.

Temperatures fluctuate very little – ranging from around 15ºC to 21ºC in Antananarivo.

  • Take rainproof light-weight jacket
  • Carry appropriate factor suncream
  • Avoid sunburn and sunstroke by wearing a hat.
  • Avoid wearing wet or damp clothes for long periods as damp under-clothes cause rashes.
  • Wear dry shoes, and shake them out before use. Wet shoes cause foot fungus.