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7 BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN LIER

Belgium, Blog, Europe - GoroadTrip - December 16, 2018

Surrounded by the river Nete, comprising of the city of lier proper and the village of Koningshooikt lays the municipality of Lier in the Belgian province of Antwerp. Very unfamiliar names in the world map yet a beautiful place to explore. Do you find pleasure in visiting places less known to people? Do you love exploring such exotic locations in the world? If yes then there are several Lier attractions that would form a part of your travel itinerary.

Lier offers a wide variety of historical and cultural places to visit for the tourists traveling miles away from home. Though the list is long, we have tried pointing out the 7 best places to look out for in Lier attractions.

1. Begijnhof Lier – A quaint and serene walk amidst the historical and age-old dwellings in Lier carved with narrow streets and a satisfying view. These small and century-old dwellings were originally made for maiden old women and nuns. These continue to be inhabited by the same people till date.

2. Zimmer Tower is another very queer addition to the list of Lier attractions since it forms a part of the old architecture of the city of Lier. This is a clock tower mixed with some fun and humor. You ought to spend some time staring at it and then sit by the cafe nearby sipping on some famous beer and coffee of Belgium.

3. Next in the list of lier attractions comes the Lier historical town. 10 minutes on a train from Antwerp is this historical town comprising of old age buildings and heritage sites. The best part about the Lier town is that every location is at a walkable distance from each other. Flaunting the streets of this old historical town are the cafes serving the premium quality beer, coffee and amazing food which any tourist can look for to relish their appetite. Historical locations in Lier mostly include the Marktplein, Town hall and St. James Chapel.

4. As we move along our list of Lier attractions, comes the famous St. Gummarus Church. This is a brilliant and alluring piece of century-old architecture with a peaceful and sanctified experience. This attraction is a must for anyone visiting the city of Lier.

5. LAGO Lier de Waterperels – This lier attraction would remind you of the Great Bath in the Harappa & Mohenjo-Daro civilization. It is a collection of community swimming pools comprising of several pools for different ages. Enough cafeterias and lounge seats to relish along the pools if you do not wish to swim or lather around. Hence, this forms a part of our list in Lier attractions.

6. T’ struisvogelnest – This forms a part of our list in Lier attractions because of the fact that this a very commonplace for the locals to organize several parties and get-togethers. This is a brilliant sight to watch as the locals indulge in parties while enjoying with the animals in this farm.

7. In our list of Lebu attractions, Stedelijk museum finds a place. This is a small museum comprising of 3 rooms where one room is reserved for special exhibitions. The other two rooms display the masterpieces of Peter Breugel II. Apart from these, there are also paintings from other century-old artists that occupy the displays of the museum. With pretty good audio explanation facilities, this small museum can provide you insights on the art and culture of this small town.

Hence the small city of Lier should be one in your bucket list to check off during your travel plans at least once in your life.

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Top Reasons to visit Zambia

Africa, Blog - GoroadTrip - December 6, 2018

trip to Zambia

Zambia shares its wonder Victoria Falls with its neighbor Zimbabwe. But Zambia is also a beautiful safari land. The country has 14 large animal parks and safaris are combined according to the mode of transportation chosen – SUV or mini-van, horseback or even canoe or elephant. The opportunities for walking safaris are particularly remarkable. The national parks of Kafue, Lochinvar, Sioma Ngwezi, South Luangwa, North Luangwa, Lower Zambezi, and Kazanka are the most famous parks to visit during a trip to Zambia.

Kafue National Park

Kafue National Park located in western Zambia is the largest and oldest national park in Zambia. It covers 22,400 sq km. Kafue is one of the largest national parks in Africa. Despite its size and prime location, only a couple of hours drive from Livingstone, it remains quite unknown and largely unexplored, with extensive virgin forest and shrubland.

Due to the size and diversity of habitat types, Kafue has a wonderful variety of wildlife. In recent years, the park has experienced an increase in a number of camps and safari lodges in and around the park. This new interest has led to an increase in the number of visitors and investments in the region, especially in infrastructure with several sustainable roads and tracks.

Victoria Waterfalls

Any trip to Zambia is incomplete without seeing the Victoria Waterfalls offering a spectacular view of the stunning beauty of the Zambezi River, which is part of the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Kololo Tribe, who live in the area, described it as “Mosi-oa-Tunya” – “Smoke that roars”. Victoria Falls are known as the largest water curtain in the world. The spray columns can be seen from a distance of many kilometers. At the time of greatest rainfall, more than five hundred million cubic meters of water per minute pour down the waterfall. The wide cliff of basalt over which the falls fall turns the Zambezi from a gentle river into a fast-moving torrent that crosses a series of spectacular gorges.

Tanganyika Lake

This vast inland sea which you can visit during your trip to Zambia was made known in the European world in the mid-nineteenth century by English explorers Richard Burton and John Speke. They thought it to be the source of the Nile, reaching its shores in 1858. The coast of Tanganyika includes Tanzania, Burundi, DR Congo, and Zambia. It is the largest freshwater lake in the world and the second deepest lake after Lake Baikal in Russia.

The great depth is due to the fact that it is located in the Great Mountain Range of the Valley, which also created a steep coast. It reaches a depth of 1,433 meters (4,700 feet), at an average depth of 642 meters.

Zambezi River

The Zambezi is the fourth longest river in Africa. For about 500 kilometers, it borders Zambia and Zimbabwe, passing through Victoria Falls and the narrow Batok Ravine, providing a fantastic playground for rafting, canoeing, river cruises, and seaplanes. Its unique value is that it is less developed than other rivers with respect to settlements and that many areas along its banks have even been protected. The Lower Zambezi National Park borders the river on the Zambian side and the Mana Pools National Park from the Zimbabwe side. The entire Zambezi area is home to one of the most important areas of African wildlife, as it feeds several species of game, bird, and fish.

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Fun things to do in Tanzania

Africa, Blog - GoroadTrip - December 2, 2018

things to do in Tanzania

On the shores of the Indian Ocean, Tanzania is one of the jewels of East Africa. Located in In the southern hemisphere, Tanzania is proud of its natural borders including Lake Victoria and Kilimanjaro. To give you a taste of what Tanzania has to offer as a surprise, here is a selection of things to do in Tanzania.
Visit them and enjoy the raw and spectacular beauty of Tanzania.

1. Serengeti National Park

The park is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The name Serengeti evokes the images of one of the last wild paradises on earth. All those who had the chance to visit these wild spaces left with the memory of these immense plains traversed by hordes of antelopes, columns of wildebeest, gazelles and zebras, millions of herbivores who continually migrate in search of grasslands. A tourist is sure to see most of Africa’s animals here – gazelles, antelopes, giraffes, buffalo, zebras, elephants, hippopotamus, crocodiles, lions, cheetahs, and leopards.

2. Kilimanjaro National Park

It owes its name to the Kilimanjaro Peak. “Kilimanjaro” means “Mountain of Light”. Climbing Kilimanjaro is one of the most exciting things to do in Tanzania.

Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s easiest peaks to reach, and draws visitors from around the world. Most hikers reach the edge of the crater using determination and a sturdy stick. And those who reach the Uhuru Peak – the real peak – or the Gilman or Stella Peak, on the lip of the crater, will have earned their certificate of ascent.

3. The Ngorongoro Crater

The crater of Ngorongoro is often called “Eden of Africa”. Inside it, you will find large herds of zebra and wildebeest grazing peacefully while the lions laze in the sun. At dawn, the endangered black rhino returns to cover in the thick forest on the edge of the crater after spending much of the night eating dew-covered grass. Just outside the ridge of the crater, the Masaai graze their cattle on the green pastures of the volcanoes. They have lived side by side with wild animals for centuries. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area includes the famous crater of the same name as well as Olduvai Gorge

4. Zanzibar

The paradise archipelago of Zanzibar hosts hundreds of thousands of tourists each year looking for a complete change of scenery, but also an idyllic setting to enjoy a relaxing and exceptional stay. One of the must-see places on the island is the Chumbe Marine Sanctuary, a natural reserve designed to preserve and protect the atypical flora and fauna of the archipelago. On the nature side, a detour to the Jozani National Park will make you discover a wild nature of the most splendid and unpublished. In addition, do not forget to go through the turtle island called Changuu or Prison Island.

Zanzibar is also a paradise for divers since it is home to numerous islets with an impressive marine life, ideal for scuba diving sessions making it a fun activity among things to do in Tanzania.

5. Lake Tanganyika

Lake Tanganyika is the second largest lake in Tanzania and Africa. It is also the lake with the most fish in the world.

Endowed with an extremely diversified and complex ecosystem, among its many species of fish, there are more than 250 species of cichlids, lates, and sardines in LakeTanganyika. The lake is also home to freshwater cobras and its shores are populated by hippos, crocodiles and countless bird species.

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