Land of Lemurs, Chameleons and Baobabs - With its tropical climate, hugely diverse landscape, abundance of wildlife and friendly locals, it is no wonder Madagascar is now making it on to the shortlist of many travellers’ must-see destinations. It is a country of “large spaces” where you feel free, far from the constraints of the so-called developed countries but which are often “deadlocked”. It is a country that works “mora mora”, that is smoothly, slowly, sometimes it is challenging, but it has something good, we all need to slow down in view of the pace of life becoming too hectic. Madagascar is a eulogy to time passing quietly!
Because of its geography, Madagascar's climate is highly variable. Generally, Madagascar has two seasons: a hot, rainy season from November to April and a cooler, dry season from May to October.
The east coast is the wettest part of the country and thus home to the island's rainforests. This area is also hit periodically by devastating tropical storms and cyclones.
The central highlands are considerably cooler and drier, and are the location of much of Madagascar's agriculture, especially rice.
The west coast is home to dry deciduous forests. Deciduous trees lose all their leaves during the 6 to 8 month dry season.
When rains return, these forests erupt in a sea of bright green leaves. The southwest of Madagascar has the island's driest climate. Parts of this area can be considered desert because so little rain falls.