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Overland

Our Overland Trip Style: Discover the Real Africa

 

Want to get back to basics, hit the long, dusty road and throw yourself into an authentic safari experience in Africa? Then we have news for you – Acacia Africa’s amazing Overland trips are where it’s at!

With Acacia’s unique range of adventures through Africa, your accommodation style is up to you. Choose an Overland Camping trip to stay in two-person dome tents with comfy mattresses at a bunch of awesome campsites. Your other option is to pick an Overland Accommodated trip to snag stays in safari cabins, tented camps or hostels. So, what’s it gonna be?

Overland Trips with Topdeck and Acacia Africa

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Get back to basics

From chilling out around the campfire and sleeping under the stars to getting in touch with nature, our Overland trips will give you an authentic travel experience that’s hard to beat.

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Feel like family

When you spend so much time with your trip mates, they become more than just mates. You eat with them. You hang out around camp with them. You take toilet breaks with them. Heck, you might as well call them family.

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Get stuck in

Ever wanna get out there and just do things for yourself? We hear you. On our Overland trips, there are always meals to make, tents to erect and plates to wash up. Flex those teamworking skills and get amongst it!

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Make new friends

On Overland trips in Africa, amazing new friendships come as standard. With like-minded young people to get to know and amazing group adventures to be had, the Friend Requests will be rolling in in no time.

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Save money

Not only are our Overland trips indescribably awesome, they’re also easy on the pocket. Looking to travel to Africa for less? This is the way to do it! Strap on that backpack and come join us.

Featured Overland Trips

20 days / 2 countries
  • Start city: Pretoria
  • End city: Cape Town
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From:A$2,535.00 Was:A$2,535.00
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12 days / 2 countries
  • Start city: Durban
  • End city: Cape Town
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From:A$1,595.00 Was:A$1,595.00
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14 days / 2 countries
  • Start city: Nairobi
  • End city: Nairobi
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From:A$2,215.00 Was:A$2,215.00
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Bucket List Highlights

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    Sleep under the stars in Spitzkoppe

    Prepare to see the Milky Way as you’ve never seen it before. Our Camping adventures in Namibia take us to the amazing Spitzkoppe where we’ll bed down for the night among eerie rock formations and gaze up at the stars. Unforgettable!

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    Camp near Victoria Falls

    Did you know? The stunning Victoria Falls aren’t just a major bucket list item, they also pack a whole bunch of awesome heart-pumping optional activities. Our campsite on the banks of the Zambezi is the perfect base to try them out. Hop to it!

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    Camp on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater

    In Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Crater is a beautiful World Heritage Site that’s home to both wild animals and local communities. After exploring like a pro on a game drive, you’ll get the chance to camp on the crater rim. Cue beautiful panoramic views and an epic sunrise the next morning. Wow!

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    Relax in style in Zanzibar

    If it's white sand, sparkling sea and hot sun you're after, you’ve come to the right place. In Zanzibar, you’ll rest up in a chic resort with your travel mates. And with rooms that are just a short walk from the palm-fringed beach, you can make the most of paradise being just around the corner.

Overland Tour Destinations

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Africa is packed with remember-to-breathe moments like majestic beasts striding the savanna at sunset. Set your heart aflutter on a Topdeck trip.

FAQs

How much free time will I get?

All of our trips include both scheduled activities and free time. So, whether you want to chill at the beach or head out on a hike, you’ll have plenty of time to do your own thing.  
 

How many people will be on my trip?

Across Topdeck’s Asia, Middle East, North Africa and Africa trips, you can enjoy the benefits of travelling with a smaller group. Our trips have an average group size of 15 and selected trips may have a maximum group size of 45. 
 

Cocktails, mocktails, beer or water?

Your choice of beverage is completely up to you. While some passengers like to go out for a social drink, it's not compulsory!

How much luggage can I bring?

Each person is allowed one item of standard size luggage, plus a day pack. For our Africa trips please use a backpack rather than a suitcase. 

The maximum weight of your main bag must not exceed 44lb/20kg – and the size for all bags must not exceed 70cm x 45cm x 25cm. Due to weight regulations for vehicles in Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Africa, passengers with overweight luggage may be asked to offload the excess on the morning the trip departs (eek). Make sure you pack clothes that are culturally appropriate for each destination you’ll be visiting, especially if you’re hoping to enter holy sites. 

Please also note that small, hard suitcases can’t be taken on board – both for safety and comfort!

How does a sector trip work?

An example is the Jordan & Israel trip, which starts in Amman and finishes in Tel Aviv. This trip includes one sector: Jordan Adventure (Amman to Amman).  

If you book onto the Jordan Adventure trip, you'll start in Amman with the passengers who have booked the whole Jordan & Israel trip and finish when the trip gets back to Amman (while the rest of the passengers will continue on into Israel). 

Got it? Great!

I want to see mountain gorillas. What do I need to know?

The Bwindi Impenetrable Park region is home to an estimated 400 of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. Due to the endangered nature of the species, visitors are strictly limited and a Gorilla Trek Permit must be purchased in advance, normally at the time of booking. 
 
The Gorilla Trek takes you to the gentle giants’ natural habitat in southwest Uganda’s mountain jungle. The separate Chimpanzee Trek (also requiring a permit) takes you through the Kyambura Gorge in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park. 
 
The combined cost for the two permits, which we will obtain on your behalf (subject to availability), is listed on each itinerary visiting these areas. 
 
Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trek Permit costs are controlled by the Ugandan authorities and are subject to change. 

Please note: To ensure we obtain Gorilla Trek Permits, we may have to adjust the itinerary slightly from the published route – but don’t worry! This won’t make your experience any less awesome. If we need to amend your itinerary, we’ll let you know before you leave for Africa.

Can I start late or finish the trip early?

No worries. We don’t offer any compensation for hours/days missed, though. And bear in mind that 

you might miss out on some awesome activities!

Will Wi-Fi be available on my trip?

That depends on the destination you’re travelling to. While we make every effort to secure accommodation with Wi-Fi, it is often not as readily available as you may be used to at home.

What visas do I need?

The best place to find visa information is www.projectvisa.com. Or, you can contact your local embassy.

Where will my transfer meet me?

If you have an included transfer (or have one added to your booking), they’ll meet you at the airport and take you to your accommodation. Winner!

Can I pay in instalments?

Outside of 42 days before your trip departs, you can pay in as many instalments as you like – just log in to your My Topdeck area on the website or reach out to your travel agent.

What’s My Topdeck?

Good question! It’s an online hub for your trip admin including personalised trip notes, itineraries and payments.

How do I get to the starting location?

You can find your starting location in your My Topdeck account on the website, or on the Topdeck app. Google Maps and public transport are your best friends! 

Are flights to/from the starting location included?

Soz, but our prices don’t include flights (unless otherwise stated in the itinerary).

Do you book flights?

Flights can currently only be booked for Aussie and Kiwi passengers.

How much money should I bring with me?

It varies! Obvs, there are loads of great souvenirs to be bought and an awesome social scene to get involved in (if that’s your thing). Heaps of your meals are also included, so this really just leaves a few meals and your personal spending to budget for.  

Throughout the trip, your Trip Leader will also let you know about optional activities that you can do – so keep this in mind when budgeting too. 

Our advice? Bring along some US dollars on your Asia, Middle East, North Africa or Africa trip. You’ll get the opportunity to exchange this cash for local currency when needed.

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