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Best Time to Visit Mauritius

Africa, Blog - GoroadTrip - November 24, 2018

time to visit Mauritius

Mauritius is paradise with its dream beaches and turquoise lagoon but it would be a shame not to leave your hotel to enjoy the incredible wealth of the island. There are interesting excursions whether you are a water sports enthusiast or a culture buff, ready to meet the people of Mauritius and their heritage. It is easy to visit Mauritius because everything is set up to satisfy the most demanding customers.

The island has a tropical climate with a warm weather all of the year. The best time to visit Mauritius is from May to December when the weather is cool and dry in addition to being sunny.

Port Louis

Port Louis is the beautiful capital of Mauritius. Not to visit there would be a shame because it is a city that deserves to be visited at least for its big market. Mingle with the population and taste the street food and observe the daily life of the Mauritians. Stroll through all the markets to discover all the beautiful fruits and vegetables but also the bazaar where they sell clothes, souvenirs, etc. Summer is a great time to visit Mauritius.

Île aux Cerfs Island or Deer Island

Deer Island is one of the favorite places in Mauritius. It is an uninhabited coastal island that lies to the east of Mauritius. It is a place where Mauritians like to go for a day on weekends to picnic with the family.

There are several options in “all inclusive tour” mode but for more authenticity and be completely free it is recommended you take the water taxi to Trou d’Eau Douce which leaves every 20 minutes and will take you there in a dozen minutes. The hot summer months is a fantastic time to visit Mauritius.

Pamplemousses Garden

The Pamplemousses Botanical Garden is one of the most visited sites on the island. It has also changed its name and is now called the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden (name of the former prime minister). This garden of 37 hectares is a beautiful visit to make.  You can visit it with a guide that will be available at the entrance of the garden. This allows to know the history of the park and to know a little more about the specimens that can be observed.

Blue Bay For Snorkeling

South of the island is an exceptional site for snorkeling. The Blue Bay Marine Park is known for its magnificent backdrops. Hire a small glass bottom boat which allows you to learn a little more about the different corals and you will be able to dive with your masks and snorkels for a pure moment of pleasure among the fish of all colors. There are a lot of providers along the beach, do not hesitate to negotiate rates.

La Vallee Des Couleurs Nature Park

It is one of the most incredible places on the island where the earth is of 7 different colors because of the presence of volcanic ash containing mineral oxides of different colors. This place is located in the region of Chamarel, next to the national park.

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Top Things to do, See and Visit in Niger

Africa, Blog - GoroadTrip - November 19, 2018

Niger top attractions

There are many places to visit in Niger. Cultural sites that reflect the traditions of desert empires, as well as wild and natural beauty, will make lovers of sub-Saharan culture thrilled. The mountain ranges offer a magnificent view of the volcanic mountains. You will discover cemeteries of Gadafawa dinosaurs and many paintings. The region of Timia, meanwhile, has craters of volcanoes and beautiful waterfalls. It is possible to hike and trek in the mountains.

Niger Delta

Nigeria is crossed by two major rivers, Niger to the west and its tributary, Benoue to the east. The coast is covered with lagoons and mangroves. But the beauty of the landscape is especially visible when entering the land. Forests, mountains, savannah and the nearby Sahelian desert create the geographical diversity of Nigeria. A must see among Niger top attractions is the Niger Delta.

It’s a fascinating and magical place. A visit is required in the many traditional villages of the delta. If you only have to visit one city, it will be Kano. It is the oldest city in West Africa. Lovers of history and architectural heritage will be delighted.

Mandara Mountains

To the east stands the Mandara Mountains which is among Niger top attractions. This site is ideal for hiking. From Gwosa, 70 miles from Maiduguri, you can make a beautiful hike in the mountains of volcanic origin. You can observe species of butterflies and monkeys that cannot be seen anywhere else. We advise you to leave early in the morning and return late to avoid heat during the day.

Olumo Rock

The Olumo rock has long served as a rock and fortress for the inhabitants of Egby Land since the 19th century. In Olumo Rock you can visit places of interest such as natural tunnels, unusual trees, natural supports, rock gardens, broken roads, rock settlements of early settlements, three escalators at rock level and atmospheric view of the ancient city of Abeokuta, from the top of the rock.

There is also an elevator available, in case you want to easily climb to the top of the rock, even if it is expensive. From the top of the rock there are panoramic views of other monuments of Abeokuty, such as the first church in Nigeria, the central mosque, the Ogu river and the family house of the late Mossad Abbey. Hotels in Abeokuta, a short drive from the rocks, include the Gateway Hotel and the Olumo Guest House.

Kainji National Park

The Kainji Lake National Park is one of the largest parks in Nigeria and one of Niger top attractions. The combination of the Zugurma and Borgue reserves created a park in 1979, with an area of 5,340 km².

It is one of the gems of the interior of Nigeria and contains many Nigerian resources of flora and fauna. The park is home to many wild species such as elephants, lions, buffalos, antelopes, hunting dogs, hippos, legs, monkeys, lions, pythons, crocodiles, leopards, hyenas and many more.

Art and Culture of Nigeria

The seat of many civilizations, Nigeria has the richest culture in West Africa. 2000 years old, the Nigerian culture is famous for its wooden carvings (masks, fetishes) that the different ethnic groups still use today in traditional rituals and plays. Nigerians have also developed different musical styles from traditional Yoruba singing and free jazz, giving birth to afro-reggae and afro-beat.

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6 Top Point of Interest in Bamako

Africa, Blog - GoroadTrip - November 14, 2018

Bamako attractions

Famous for being one of the largest cities in West Africa, Bamako is located in a quiet area on the banks of the Niger River. With a history that goes back to prehistoric times, it is not a surprise that this city is one of the tourist places that is quickly becoming popular.

Among best things to do in Bamako are take a cruise, enjoy a musical evening, attend museum sessions and enjoy the delights of many cuisines. There are many Bamako attractions which tourists can enjoy.

Musée National

One of the main Bamako attractions is a visit to the National Museum. Housing history of the city of Bamako and dedicated to conservation and dissemination, this museum plays an important role in the current city of Bamako. It is distributed in three rooms, each with a separate function. The first one is one of the most interesting and the collection comes from the Touré, Dravé, Niaré and Bozo de Bamako families, which allows you to look at the world which existed in that time. The second presents everything about the colonial period, and the rest is reserved for temporary exhibitions.

Marché de Medina

The market of Medina is one of the many places to visit in Bamako. Is there a better place to discover the essence of the city than the local market? Fresh and organic fruits and vegetables fill the market early in the morning. As the day progresses, you will find kiosk shops, beauty salons that open to pamper women and a market full of people who negotiate at will.

Maison des Artisans

Another Bamako attractions for tourists is Maison des Artisans. A shop that sells exclusive products made by artisans of the city, you will find here a series of interesting things. Here you can find items of silver, brass, gold objects and other items of jewelry, although here you can also find wooden sculptures and leather goods.

Bamako Zoo

One of Bamako’s tourist attractions, the Bamako Zoo is a must-see for people traveling with children. It is home to 100 species of animals, including monkeys, crocodiles, lions and elephants, 12 bird species and 58 fish species, covering an area of 6 hectares. Its headquarters also includes an artificial lake and large trees that try to provide the animals with a somewhat natural environment.

Tour d’Afrique

Located at the entrance to the airport, Tour d’Afrique is one of the main attractions of Bamako. It is 46 meters high and its impressive architecture makes people stay for a while before entering. It symbolizes strength and unity. If you have the opportunity to visit at night, you can see how it shines.

Luna Park

Luna Park, one of the best resorts in Bamako, covers 1 hectare. This is one of the most entertaining attractions near Bamako. The park has many attractions for adults and children, a small shopping arcade, a games room, and a restaurant. During the trip, the Ferris wheel and the ring are just part of this amusement park, the shopping center has almost 20 stores and many restaurants that serve cakes for traditional African cuisine.

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5 Top Things to do and See in Valletta

Blog, Europe - GoroadTrip - November 10, 2018

Things to do in Valletta

Valletta is a city that changes constantly. It is like a modern city trapped in medieval fortifications.

There is a really striking feature in Valletta, which sums up the relationship between the old and the new in a fascinating way – Porta Reale, the gateway to the city.

This main gate of the city has been rebuilt many times over the past few centuries. The last creation of the architect Renzo Piano has just ended in 2014. The attraction consists of Valletta’s high steel blades which plunge into the clear sky on a hot summer day.

Here is a list of things to do in Valletta.

1. Palace of the Grand Master

Grand Palace of the Master was erected in the sixteenth century. Visiting The Grand Palace is among important things to do in Valletta.

In their rooms, you can see beautiful frescoes with performances by the Knights of the Order of Malta, explore a valuable collection and armor. In the center there is one of the most important religious sites: St. Jana, surrounded on all sides by the main square, an excellent starting point for walks. Although the facade of the cathedral seems quite discreet, its interior design impresses with richness and refinement. On the walls of the cathedral, there are 400 Maltese knights who participated in the Great Siege.

2. National Theater

A pleasant surprise also awaits lovers of theatrical art. You can visit the National Theater of Malta. It was inaugurated in the 18th century and today is one of the three oldest theaters in Europe. In the theater, performances are usually presented in English and it often hosts concerts of the Malta National Orchestra. Every week, interesting cultural events take place in this historic theater.

3. Republic Street

The main attraction is the Republic Street, the main street of Valletta, completely accessible for pedestrians. This street is full of popular shops, souvenir shops, restaurants and coffee shops. It seems that life on the street never ends. You can spend a whole day in an interesting way.

4. National Archaeological Museum

Because the surroundings of the city are of great value to archaeologists, the National Archaeological Museum opened in the city, which preserves its unique works, a collection of works and sculptures. Visiting the museum is one of the most engaging things to do in Valletta.

Again, you can go to the National Military Museum, whose building was founded in 1488 and serves as a point of defense. After the siege of the city, the buildings suffered significantly, but thanks to the effort of the knights were completely restored. The museum rooms contain collections of war materials, weapons, and military equipment.

5. Villa Casa Rocca Piccola

For more than four hundred years, this beautiful villa belongs to the descendants of the noble De Piro family. Now, inside the walls of the villa, there is a very interesting private museum. Each of the exhibitions presented here is a unique gem.

Visitors to the villa will have the opportunity to see beautiful old sculptures, paintings by well-known Maltese artists, collections of ancient books and beautiful antique furniture. The museum has a very interesting collection of typical costumes.

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Explore the beauty of Mdina: The Silent City

Blog, Europe - GoroadTrip - November 5, 2018

Mdina top attractions

Mdina the ancient capital of The Maltese Archipelago is separated from its twin Rabat by ramparts and fortifications which are even today one of Mdina top attractions. Originally, Mdina and Rabat actually formed only one city, Melita. The latter has been stormed several times during its existence by the Arabs, Normans, and Spaniards. The architectural heritage of Rabat and Mdina is thus today a melting pot of cultures.

Nicknamed the “Silent City”, Mdina the ancient capital of Malta brings together 4000 years of history of the island. Its 300 inhabitants, descendants largely of the Maltese nobility, maintain with love the most beautiful palaces of the archipelago. The cleanliness of Mdina is exemplary. Visit Mdina for its calm and exceptional heritage.

Visit its alleys

Timeless, Mdina takes you through a maze of alleys. A good signage brings you cultural and historical information in front of many monuments. The quiet and pedestrian town, we always come back to admire the knockers of its doors, its high houses with rich pediments, its majestic bougainvilleas … And simply enjoy its serenity.

Visit its ramparts

Located on the central hill of Malta, the ramparts of Mdina dominate the island. The view is breathtaking on Mosta, the Mediterranean, and Valletta. On its flanks the alignments of the best Maltese vines.

St. Peter and Paul Cathedral

St. Peter and Paul Cathedral is a miniature version of St. John’s Cathedral in Valletta. Baroque style and very richly decorated, it was completed in 1702. Rebuilt after the earthquake of 1693, behind its monumental facade, you discover a masterpiece of Baroque architecture making it one of Mdina top attractions. The beauty of its floor composed of carved marble slabs houses the eternal rest of the Grand Masters of Malta. Admission is free during the services but there is a fee if you want to visit the cathedral museum.

Cathedral Museum

Cathedral Museum is one of the most important museums in the Mdina is offered in a combined ticket with the cathedral. The varied collection includes paintings, engravings (on Dürer wood), Roman remains, ancient manuscripts, liturgical objects.

Visit the Palazzo De Piro

Built in the 17th century, the Palazzo de Piro is today a “multifunctional cultural center”. It hosts, in an atmosphere full of grandeur and nobility, the exhibitions and important artistic events of Malta. Rejuvenate on its extraordinary terrace overlooking the northern part of Malta.

Visit The Moat Garden

Before leaving Mdina, go down into the moat for the pleasant garden, resting with its benches and its beautiful perspective on the entrance and fortifications of the city.

Falson Palace

Falson Palace or The Palazzo Falzon is one of the oldest palaces of the Mdina and houses a very interesting private museum made up of the Swedish philanthropist Olof Gollcher’s collection.

Church and Carmelite Priory

Church and Priory of Carmelite Baroque church of the seventeenth century combined with a charming cloister which is one of Mdina top attractions. The refectory is beautiful and the reconstituted cuisine not uninteresting. It includes a nice design cafe to rest in.

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