Made up entirely of crystalline rocks, it’s almost shocking to learn that Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world. Situated on the southeast corner of Africa, Madagascar is often described as a plateau that rises on the east coast and descends into a strip of rocks along the west coast. A cheap flight to Madagascar will land travelers among deep gorges, cascading waterfalls, and two volcanic areas. Travelers booking flights to Madagascar will bask in the sun on coral beaches and swim in blue lagoons, or walk into forests and find a host of creatures waiting to welcome you, including lemurs, chameleons, geckos, tomato frogs, and jumping rats. 

Madagascar is a popular tourist destination in Africa so travelers booking flights to Madagascar need to plan ahead, especially during the holiday travel periods. More adventurous travelers can find cheap flights to Madagascar during the rainy season, when heavy rainfall limits outdoor activities and the risk of cyclones is high. 

Book a flight to Madagascar and don’t forget your camera.

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Madagascar climate

Madagascar has a subtropical climate that varies according to geography and altitude. The eastern part of the country is the wettest and gets cyclones and rainstorms. The west and southwest are much hotter and drier. The coast is hot with temperatures reaching between 81 and 90 F.

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Best Time to Fly to Madagascar

Peak Season: The best time to book cheap flights to Madagascar is between May and October, when cooler, milder weather prevails. Temperatures typically span between 64-72 degrees.

Off-peak Season: The hot and rainy months of November to April aren’t ideal for Madagascar flights and travel, since this is the time of year that cyclones move in.

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Getting around Madagascar

Your cheap flight to Madagascar just may be the smoothest transportation of your whole trip. Buses and taxies are slow and irregular, so renting a bike is the easiest way to get around. Be careful, though, because roads are uneven and rock-strewn. In order to rent a car, you need to obtain an international drivers permit.

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Madagascar Travel Information

Antananarivo: Start your Madagascar travel with a visit to the capital city. Built on two ridges, the heart of the city is based around Avenue de l’Independance, which runs through Central Valley. Walk along cobblestones and experience the communication, economic, and agricultural hub’s French influence.

Food and Drink: The diverse food selection is the perfect way to round out your travel to Madagascar and make you feel like a local. Ro, a combination of rice and herbs, is considered a delicacy. Some common entrées you might find are Ramazava, (beef, pork, and herbs) and Foza Suhena-Kisoa (pork, crab, and rice). A popular snack to fuel you up before heading back on your Madagascar flight is called Koba – a blend of rice, banana, and seafood.

Whale Watching: Check out these underwater creatures as they drift up to the surface to greet tourists. Make your travel to Madagascar a mixture of land and sea with this naturally aesthetic experience. Humpbacks, spinners, bottlenose whales, and dolphins are among the sea life you’ll see off the coast of Antongil Bay.

Perinet: Take a stroll through a beautiful rainforest with African wildlife as your company. Eight species of indri, over a 100 species of frogs, and various types of chameleons and birds all make this a truly natural experience. Make it a nighttime activity by bringing a torch to guide your way on an evening tour.

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Madagascar airports

Ivato International Airport (TNR) is 11 miles from the capital.

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Passport and Visa Information

Visitors need a passport valid for at least six months, as well as a visa. It’s a good idea to get a visa ahead of time, but you can also get one at the airport upon arrival, for a fee.

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Entry requirements

US citizens need a passport valid for at least six months, as well as a visa. It’s a good idea to get a visa ahead of time, but you can also get one at the airport upon arrival, for a fee.

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Melisse Hinkle
A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has lived in four U.S. cities, spent a summer in Hawaii, made her way through wine-producing regions in Australia and New Zealand, and traveled around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Content Manager for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights.
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