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The dry season especially July and August are the best time for hiking in Andingitra. However, rain can always occur in the eastern part of Madagascar. September and October are also dry but it gets hot at daytime. Although the area around Andringita is a developed tourist region it gets seldom crowded in the National Park. During longer hikes you have this beautiful area just to yourselves.

Andringitra - The Chameleon hiking trail

Weather

Due to its different zones from humid tropical areas to high elevations (Pic Boby is 2658m/8720 feet high), you can expect temperatures ranging from 25°C/77°F down to -8°C/17°F with an average of around 21°C/70°F. The weather in the higher elevations can change quickly; be prepared for precipitation. January/February are the wettest months with a precipitation on the east part of around 4000mm/year. July and August are relatively mild and dry. During the dry season is the chinook wind common for the area around Adringita. Although the daytime temps around the camp at Peak Boby could be pleasant 20°C/68°F in the sun you need to be prepared for freezing cold temps (-12°C/10°F) during the night due to the high elevation.


Average Monthly Temperature and Rainfall for MDG at location (-22.17,46.88) from 1991-2015

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The dry season from April to October is the best time to travel to the north. Usually, it's very hot at midday. Avoid the rainy season from December to March. Tropical storms can occur and it is even hotter.

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If you are looking for an adventures hike; the red track in Bungonia, Morton National Park may be the right one for you. The hike leads through the riverbed which should be dried-out. An early start is recommended. This trail is almost not marked. It takes some time to find the best way through the riverbed, to ford the creek, and to climb the huge rocks as well.

Climbing huge rocks in the Bungonia Creek

Good months for this strenuous trail are April/May (end of summer, the beginning of fall) and the winter as well. Usually, there is not the same boiling heat as you experience in summer. You should start early for two reasons. First, in summer, it'll be boiling hot in the Slot Canyon, and the steep way back up to the top without any shelter is quite hard. Second, this area is affected by blasting from the mine at about 3 p.m. This can cause falling rocks and boulders.

Crowds

Bungonia is still a little gem and not overrun. If you are seeking for a quiet spot during the Christmas holidays this is a good choice.

Lyrebird in the bush in Bungonia
Lyrebird in the bush

Weather

More rainfall from November to February with its peak in November and February. During summer day temps are often around 25°C though in the Slot Canyon it's really hot. Nights are pretty cool; comfortable for camping. Winter months are drier and sunnier. The day temps are mild around 12°C but nights are cold almost 0°C.

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Start the white hike at midmorning counter clockwise for incredible views most of the time and best light. 

Climate:
Ireland's temperate climate is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean. The summer is mild and damp, the winter is cold and wet. Extreme temperatures don't occur and snowfall is rare. The highest temperatures in summer are between 17°C and 20°C / 64°F and 68°F. June and July are the driest months. Anyhow, precipitation in Island is usual. Best months for traveling are from April until October.

Crowds:
Summer is the peak season. It’s less busy in spring and autumn.

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Lake St. Clair famous for being the last part of the Overland Track. This National Park is easily accessible by car and tour buses. From November to April you may experience the best conditions for hiking. Echidnas can be spotted in spring and summer. Their hibernation starts at the end of summer (March/April). Be prepared for march flies in February and March.

Echidna at Lake St Clair searching for ants

Weather by Seasons

One digit night temps throughout the year even in the summer so be prepared if you plan to camp here.

Spring

Much precipitation in September and October. Decreasing rainfall in November and temps start to rise on average around 15°C at daytime. At the end of spring, echidnas may be spotted along the trails.

Summer

More stable weather from December to April with warmer temps. On average temps are below 20°C but can rise to 30°C as well. The driest months are January and February. However, the weather is unpredictable. Be prepared for four seasons in one day even in the summer. March flies can be an issue in February and March; take precaution and wear long trousers and sleeves or take insect repellent.

Autumn

March is still a pleasant month with temps on average around 17°C. In April already increasing rainfall but yet a good month as the crowds thin out. Echidnas prepare for hibernation depending on the temperature.

Winter

Occasionally snow in winter between July and September. It can get cold and freezing during the night (below 0°C). One digit temps at daytime. July to October are the wettest months but winter is the quietest time and despite the weather; nature is just overwhelming.

Crowds

Lake St. Clair is easily accessible and very popular. As soon as you leave the lake for hiking, you have the woods almost for yourself. During summer lots of tour buses make a stop at this awesome lake. Winter is the off-season, quiet and peaceful. Accommodation rates are on a low level.

Best Accommodations Nearby

Bronte Cottages close to Lake St Clair

There are only a view opportunities to stay close to Lake St. Clair. You can either stay inside the park at the Lake St Clair Lodge with well-needed heating or at the Highland Cabins and Cottages at Bronte just half an hour drive from the lake. We came here in the peak season, so we'd chosen the cottages at Bronte. It's more known by anglers, tranquil, and clean. The staff was super attentive. In front of our cabins was much wildlife during the evening and early morning. We had such a lovely stay.

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Alice Lake Provincial Park Squamish is pretty busy during summer and popular for camping. The Four Lakes Trail can be done all year and is beautiful with sunshine and during fall. It’s permitted to swim in these lakes therefore in summer bring your swimming clothes and a towel in your backpack.

Swimming at Alice Lake Provincial Park in September

Avoiding Crowds

Arrive early during summer; the car parks fill up fast due to the many activity options and the beautiful location. There are several car parks in the park. The last one at Alice Lake is the quietest, less busy and located close to the trailhead with a nice and clean picnic area. The best choice is camping at Alice Lake, but reservations have to be done in advance for summer. May, June, and September are still crowded but mostly not fully booked.

Hiking the Four Lakes Trail at Alice Lake Provincial Park

The trail is popular for hiking, biking, and running among tourists and residents. Mid-week fewer people are on the dog-friendly trail. Around 40.000 people hike this trail each year.

Weather / Climate

Squamish has a high amount of rainfall throughout the year with its peak from October/November to February/March. Summer is the driest season of the year, but rain can occur so be prepared while hiking. From May to September the temps are pleasant for hiking, in summer around 20 °C / 68°F but can be hot as well with temps over 30 °C / 86 °F. Nights are cool even in the summer with a maximum of 10 to 13 °C / 50 to 55 °F. Due to the Howe Sound, it's freezing cold during the winter only. 

August
  • Stump Lake is covered with yellow pond-lilies which looks gorgeous.
  • Between mid- and late August swarms of toadlets (frogs) move from their birth lake to their home in the forest. They are very small and it's difficult to see them. Be careful while hiking.
Good to Know for Biker:

The bike trail is closed to cyclist from May to mid-September.

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