If you’re looking to book cheap flights to Madagascar, then peak season between April and October is definitely not the time to book. Generally July and August are Madagascar’s busiest months due to schools holidays in Europe and America. July and August are also the region’s “coolest” months with the least rainfall – temperatures ranging from 18°C to 25°C make for pleasant conditions for travellers to enjoy the outdoors without getting sunburnt.
The months from December until March is when rainfall is at its highest. There are also cyclones during this period so a number of coastal hotels remain closed. Although it is possible to find cheap flights to Madagascar this time, tourists may have great difficulty navigating the region due to muddy conditions created by the rainfall which make certain roads impassable.
Generally, the best time to book cheap flights to Madagascar is from May to June and from September to end October. This way, travellers miss the busiest months of July and August but also have the opportunity to experience the beautiful tropical weather. With maximum temperatures averaging around 26°C, lightweight clothing made out of cotton or natural fibres, is most suitable. With forward planning, it is possible to find well-priced plane tickets to Madagascar during this period.
Flights from Cape Town to Madagascar – 23 hours 15 minutes (average 2 stops).
Flights from Johannesburg to Madagascar – 23 hours 15 minutes (average 2 stops).
Flights from Durban to Madagascar – 6 hours 10 minutes (average 2 stops).
The airlines that book flights to Madagascar are: South African Airlines, Air Austral and Kenya Airways. When starting to compare flights to Madagascar, remember to consider that ticket prices will depend greatly on how flexible you can be around travel dates.
When booking plane tickets to Madagascar, it may also be useful to pre-arrange transport from the airport to the city centre via shuttle or a charter service. Public taxis and buses are another option but are often crowded and not ideal for travelling with luggage. Taxis are easy to catch and rates are agreed upon before the journey begins. Alternatively, for confident drivers, car hire companies like Hertz or Budget do have operating centres situated at the airport.
(prices quotes are from London)