The Backbone Route
23 days / 22 nights

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Crossing Madagascar from the north most to the south was a dream for many travelers who visited Madagascar in the past. Nowadays, it is possible due to the improvement of infrastructure on the Island. You shall be traveling for more than 3000 kilometers along the backbone way of the country, crossing several villages, tribes, national parks and reserves by different means of transportation.

This concept is truly to make you experience the real Madagascar in its entire kaleidoscopic beauty.

  • The rainforest and their biodiversity of the Mountain d’amber, Andasibe and Ranomafana National Parks
  • Lemurs and reptiles amongst other wildlife typical for each regions
    The famous Tsingy rock formation at Ankarana National Park
  • The pristine beaches and lagoons of Nosy Be
  • The dry deciduous forest of Ankarafantsika and its typical wildlife and birds
  • The thermal city of Antsirabe
  • The landscapes of the North, the West, the East and the Southern Madagascar
  • The lunar landscape and canyons of Isalo National Park
  • The beach of Anakao or Ifaty
  • Gondwana massif at Andringitra
  • Andringitra and its outer world landscape
  • The life styles of each regions
  • The oldest Baobab at Tsimanapetsotsa National Park and its reserve of turtles, birds and lemurs
  • The train trip from Manakara to Fianarantsoa though the villages, jungles and mountains – Optional


  • Wildlife viewing inside and outside national parks and reserves

  • Hiking
  • Birdwatching
  • Possibility of snorkeling, diving, wind/kite
  • surfing
  • Possibility of potholing
  • Orchids spotting.
  • Local encountering
  • Malagasy cuisine initiation
  • Possibility of sailing

Itinerary outline

  • Diego Suarez
  • Montagne d’Ambre
  • Ankarana Reserve
  • Nosy Be
  • Ankarafantsika National Park – Ampijoroa
  • Antananarivo
  • Andasibe/Mantadia
  • Antsirabe
  • Ranomafana N.P
  • Train trip from Manakara [optional]
  • Fianarantsoa
  • Tsaranoro Valley [optional]
  • Isalo N.P
  • Tulear
  • Anakao OR Ifaty
  • [Optional: Tsimanapetsotsa]
  • Antananarivo

Suggested extensions

Tour code: #BKT072


The Backbone Route

Trip notes

Departure: Any day
Eas of access: medium
All year round

  • 4WD
  • Motorboat
  • Pirogue
  • Domestic flights

Accommodation: Hotels, Lodges
City of departure: Tana