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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 4.5
Value — 4.5
Guide — 4.5
Activities — 4.5
Lodging — 4.5
Transportation — 4.5
Meals — 4.5
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Amazing experiences

5.0 December 2018
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I just completed the 28 day London to Athens tour and it was one of the most amazing experiences. Lloyd was an amazing driver and a really fun person to be around which really added to the trip. Nicole was an incredible group leader and knew so much about everywhere we were going. You could tell they were both so passionate about their job which just made the trip that much better. Would definitely recommend topdeck tours to my friends back home.
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So grateful that they we’re our trip leaders

5.0 December 2018
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just finished my first time ever in Europe with an amazing Topdeck tour! Alex and Flozza were a great team and I’m so grateful that they we’re our trip leaders. Can’t wait to start planning my next trip!
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Comfortable and like we were a little family

5.0 July 2018
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I’d just like to give a special mention to Nick our tour leader on the Meridijan Croatia sail. I’ve never met someone so organised, supportive and enthusiastic. He not only went out of his way to make sure we all had the best trip but he made us feel comfortable and like we were a little family. He was professional by being able to lead definitely the rowdiest bunch of people I’ve ever come across and at the same time have fun with us. I’ve been travelling all through Europe and that week was definitely the highlight thanks to him.
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Life Changing trip with Mala Tours

5.0 February 2018
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I thought I had been everywhere. But then I joined Mala and his crew of professionals - and I have returned a new person. This trip was so well orchestrated, accommodations, game drives, cultural immersion were just mind-blowing. I had my fears prior to going to Africa, but Mala assured me, and YES - we were VERY WELL protected. The people of Tanzania that we met - deep, caring souls - some of the villages and schools and people were primitive - a world away from what we are used to in America. The Big 5 - oh, yes, we saw them ! I also found out that I am a bird lover! The species of birds that Mala pointed out to us are exceptionally beautiful - and unlike any birds we have in America. Mala assisted me with my camera- and I have some of the best shots that I will always treasure. Personalized and genuine is how I would best describe the trip - Ripped suitcase ? No problem, Mala had it mended. Forgot your adapter - No problem, Mala went out and got us one. In closing, all I can say is open your mind, have no fears -and experience Tanzania with a professional, articulate, knowledgeable, kind and caring naturalist – Mala Tours.
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a memorable safari

5.0 January 2018
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Before we even arrived in Arusha, all of us (and there were 17!) had complete itineraries, lists of what to bring and what to expect, health information, etc. We had e-mail contact with James and he answered our myriad questions, planned special events, reassured and problem solved until we knew that all we had to do was show up and we would be well taken care of. And he MORE than delivered! Incredible attention to detail, a seemingly bottomless knowledge of the natural aspects of Tanzania, Tanzanian culture, and travel. In addition, his team was also supportive and knowledgeable...little tidbits about wildlife and culture rolling off their tongues as they drove us to the best places to view wildlife and get the most amazing photos. But is was more than about wildlife...it was about being in Tanzania...having different experiences in where we stayed, visiting a village and a school, meeting natives and sharing stories, sitting together to reflect and ask questions. James gave us as first talk about patience, flexibility and optimism...and we held to those principles for the entire adventure. There were surprises and unanticipated situations that were handled with grace; a truly unflappable tour guide who truly wanted his clients to have the very best possible experience...and we surely did. He will custom design your adventure and make suggestions based on his vast experience and he will personally attend to every detail so you are comfortable and extremely well taken care of. You couldn't ask for better...I would do this again with this team if I could. Janet
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it's a complete picture, not just Animal Planet

5.0 January 2018
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I'm the host of a future TV show called "The Unseen Africa." Although a Tanzanian safari is hardly the "unseen" part of Africa, I depended on James Adventure Africa (Africa.net) to show me some unseen sides of Tanzanian safaris. In 10 days, James guided me and my film crew to several national parks and spotted animals that I had no hope of spotting. His eagle eye and instincts truly prove his 20 years of safari experience. I also interviewed him several times for the show and will be posting some of them on YouTube soon. One way that James departs from the normal safari is that he doesn't just focus on animals. He also takes you into towns and villages, to see how people live and you have a chance to talk with real, everyday Tanzanians. So it's a complete picture, not just Animal Planet. James is more punctual and dependable than a Swiss train. He's utterly professional, polite, and funny. His knowledge is top class. His entire team is first rate.
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Tour Mala Tours &Travel Company Reviews

Tours 459 Trips 0 Trip
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 132 $ 0
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Group Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
Service Level Standard N/A
Regions
  • North America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
  • Africa
Known For
  • 18 - 35
  • Safari
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Adventure
  • Safari
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Adventure
Headquarters Chiswick, London, UK Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Year Established 1973 2002
Solo Friendly Good for singles, No single supplement N/A
Tour Languages English N/A
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      About Topdeck

      Founded in 1973, Topdeck has been providing fun, adventurous trips around the world for 18-39 for over 40 years.

      What Makes Topdeck Travel Stand Out?

      Topdeck tour focuses on providing friendly and authentic guided group tours where like-minded 18-39 year old travelers can have amazing group experiences. There are several trip types to choose from, from camping, to immersive, to multi destination, to sailing.

      Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Topdeck?

      Sociable, adventurous, budget conscious 18-39 year olds are the kinds of traveler who will gravitate to Topdeck. Though they offer a few different distinct travel styles, there is definitely a sense of an ongoing party, with travel as the conduit and underlying shared interest.

      If the idea of being around a group of similarly aged people - many of whom may be exploring internationally for the first or second time - being spontaneous, and meeting locals (often in the environment of bars or clubs) is unappealing, then Topdeck may not be your cup of tea.

      Introverted travelers, or those for whom an extensively planned itinerary including many museums and historical sites is ideal, may want to hunt around before choosing a Topdeck tour.

      That is not to dissuade the more observational traveler - who may very well find a group they gel with perfectly on a Topdeck tour. Only to caution that you will be surrounded by several extroverted personalities.

      The bottom line is if you are game for anything, are traveling on a budget, and don’t mind fairly basic but comfortable accommodations and inexpensive meals - sometimes on the go - then you will enjoy the Topdeck tour experience.

      Top Destinations

      Topdeck has tours throughout the world, in Europe, Australia & New Zealand, North America, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

      Topdeck Travel Style

      The Topdeck travel style is tied quite specifically to their audience. These tours are great for youthful and energetic 18-39 year olds looking for a good time and to make new friends.

      In the interest of keeping their tours affordable, travelers with Topdeck will need to make a few allowances. For example, hostels and hotels may be situated quite far away from the city centers. You can also expect some long travel days. The more of a good sense of humor and adventure you have, the more you’ll enjoy the experience.

      Why Choose a Tour With Topdeck

      Feeling the urge to connect with travelers in your age group, have fun, and make lasting friendships? Topdeck has over 40 years of experience in adventure travel, which has helped them create epic low cost trips for 18-30 somethings.

      These tours are certainly not for those who prefer to take things slow. You will be running around, moving between a lot of places - which in some cases means very long bus rides - going out a lot, meeting new people, and staying active throughout your tour.

      If your ideal travel experience is more methodical and planned out in nature, Topdeck may not be for you.

      But if you are an adventurous and social travelers eager to absorb a new culture and make new friends, then hop on board!

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