When is a great time to spot wildlife? Wild animals can be found in ecosystems like deserts, forests, rain forests, plains or grasslands. Often wildlife is hidden and difficult to spot. Here you will find the right time and areas where the chance for a wildlife sighting is much higher.
Accessible all year. However, during the dry season (May to October) road and hiking conditions are better. Anyway rain can always occur, 210 days each year in the east of Madagascar. Best months are at the end of the dry season; September and October to spot lemurs with babies.
Best time is the dry season from April to December but usualy there isn't a week without any rain. Best months with less rain are May and September until November.
The Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary can be visited year-round from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It's not far from Cradle Mountain. Their significant contribution to the Tasmanian devil is unique. For more than 30 years now they run the conversation breeding programme successful. You shouldn't miss the feeding time of the Tasmanian devil at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Around December you may see the baby devils as well.
If you like to feed the kangaroos, that's an extra charge of $3. Visit Trowunna already in the morning when they open the park. It starts to get crowded from 10.30 a.m.onwards and the kangaroos start hiding.
Cradle Mountain National Park is a heaven for wildlife which is plentiful throughout the park. Have a look at the different species to get detailed information when and where you can spot them. Most of them are used to humans and let you watch them as long as you don't get to close.
They are crepuscular and nocturnal. The best chance for a sighting is at dusk and dawn. They also venture out for feeding on cool and overcast days. The famous Cradle Mountain is crowded with day visitors but in the late afternoon it becomes quiet and peaceful, and you may spot several wombats near the Interpretation Center, Waldheim Lodge, and Cabins.
Wallabies and pademelons
Can be spotted late afternoon and evening especially near Waldheim Lodge and Cabins. Pademelons are also often seen around the self-catering cabins.
Active until the end of summer (March/April) before they hibernate again until late October to mid-November.
Possible to spot but rare. Unfortunately, cases of devil facial tumor disease are reported recently. Trowunna close to Cradle Mountain is an excellent Wildlife Park to see them relatively close.
Possums are seen during the night frequently close to garbage bins and around the cottages.
Platypus is extremely difficult to spot, coming out when it's almost dark. We haven't seen any yet.
Snow in winter usually from July to September with an average day temp of 6°C / 43°F. It can get pretty cold during the night (below 0°C). Snow can occur even in November with a temp of 0°C / 32°F at daytime. More stable weather from December to April with warmer temps. The warmest months are January and February. The coldest months are July and August. Anyhow, the weather is unpredictable in Tassie. Be prepared for 4 seasons in one day even in summer. Autumn from late April to May is an exceptional time with colors ranging from gold to deep red.
The best months to visit Cahuita are February/March until April and September, October because it rains less compared to the wet season in the rest of the country. The dry season is also the best time for snorkeling.
The leatherback-, green-, hawksbill- and loggerhead turtles lay their eggs at the park's beaches. Nesting season for leatherback is from March to July, the green from July to October, the hawksbill and loggerhead from February to May. Therefore, it's always worth to travel to the east side of Costa Rica.
Due to the location, Analamazaotra is accessible all year. The hiking conditions are better at the dry season (May until Sept./Oct.). Anyway, rain can always occur in the east for around 210 days each year.