Topdeck vs The Africa Adventure Company - Tour Companies Compared

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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
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
Recent Reviews

Amazing experiences

5.0 December 2018
K
Recommends
  • 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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Tour Topdeck Company Reviews

So grateful that they we’re our trip leaders

5.0 December 2018
N
Recommends
  • 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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Tour Topdeck Company Reviews

Comfortable and like we were a little family

5.0 July 2018
E
Recommends
  • 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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Tour Topdeck Company Reviews

Our experiences were outstanding due to the careful planning on Kyle and staff at TAAC

5.0 January 2017
J
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My wife and I have done four Safaris in Africa including two Safaris with The Africa Adventure Company,(TAAC). The first was in 2014 in Tanzania where the highlight was the Wildebeest migration and Mara River crossing followed by the Gorillas in Rwanda, a one in a lifetime experience with those gentle gorillas. Then in 2016 in Tanzania (Serengeti again that has so many faces) and Zimbabwe with the extraordinary stay at Vundu Camp in Mana Pools. Our experiences were outstanding due to the careful planning on Kyle and staff at TAAC. There were no bad surprises only good ones. I would recommend It as we had great discussions with Kyle and Alison, all was perfect. I have posted reviews of the Places that we stayed at at Trip Advisor.
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Tour The Africa Adventure Company Reviews

This was our 2nd trip to Africa

5.0 January 2017
C
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was our 2nd trip to Africa but the first with African Adventure Co. Our next trip will be with African Adventure. You can not go wrong with them.

Tour The Africa Adventure Company Reviews

Everything was perfect. Thank you Africa Adventure company and thank you Elena!

5.0 October 2016
N
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My husband and I used Africa Adventurer Company to book our honeymoon and we could not have been happier. We wanted to do a safari in the Serengeti, spend time beachside in Zanzibar and go gorilla trekking in Rwanda and they made it all happen. We wanted adventure, romance and fun and we got it all. They didn't have any prepackaged trips set up like this but I told them how much time we had and what we wanted to do and they got it done. Everything worked out perfect. Our flights, transportation, lodging, food (I'm vegan and my husband is vegetarian) were all set up for us and we couldn't have asked for anything more. It was a stressful time at work for me and I was planning the wedding as well and Africa Adventure Company made planning everything so easy. It was an incredible trip that we'll remember for a lifetime. All of our guides were extremely knowledgeable and professionals, our lodges, hotels and camps were amazing, I think my favorite was the Ngorongoro Farm House. Everything was perfect. Thank you Africa Adventure company and thank you Elena!
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Tour The Africa Adventure Company Reviews

Tours 459 Trips 1 Trip
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 132 $ 314
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Group Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Group Tours
  • Custom Itineraries
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • North America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
Known For
  • 18 - 35
  • Safari
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Adventure
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Safari
  • Photography
Headquarters Chiswick, London, UK Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Year Established 1973 1986
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!

About The Africa Adventure Company

The award-winning, Florida-based Africa Adventure Company specializes in offering top-notch wildlife safaris – either with set itineraries or custom-designed -- in southern, central and eastern Africa. 

What Makes Them Stand Out? 

The 30-year-old company is run by a married couple, Mark and Alison Nolting, who have impressive personal experience in the region. Mark has written authoritative safari guides and Alison hails originally from Zimbabwe. They are also active in conservation efforts and giving back to local communities in Africa. 

Who Travels With Them?

Seven out of ten of their customers have traveled with them before, and tend to be adventurous and value-minded (though affluent enough to afford an African safari).  Because they offer private customized tours as well as group tours, they can cater to any age or specific interest.

Where Do They Operate?

In 15 African countries, primarily South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. Other possible destinations (usually add-ons to safaris) include Madagascar, the Seychelles, Ethiopia, Morocco, and Mozambique. 

How Does It Work?

You can choose from among dozens of pre-set itineraries, modify one to your own specifications, or work with their safari consultants to design your own safari. 

Why Travel With Them? 

Expertise and access. They focus only on Africa with a strong emphasis on wildlife safaris, and have developed a strong network of suppliers in Africa that enables them to hire top guides and book accommodations that offer variety and good value.

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