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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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5 Great Ways to Celebrate Your Retirement

Blog - GoroadTrip - November 21, 2018

The retirement years are stereotypically labeled as boring and uneventful. But for the people who have the desire of exploration burning in their hearts, there are some great ways to celebrate retirement –

Going for a Round of Golf in Scotland

Golf is an extremely popular sport amongst retirees. The great sport can be enjoyed the most in Scotland, where the sport plays a vital part in the country’s tourism industry. With a rich history in the sport dating back to 15th century, it is not a surprise that there are over 550 golf courses scattered around the country. If tourists are feeling spoilt for choice, staring in the cities of Glasgow and Aberdeen is a great idea to experience a great golfing experience.

Walking in Cyprus

Walks in Cyprus are delightful and full of surprises. The Cypriots are known for their hospitality and the country promises an abundance of warm daylight, beautiful scenery and accommodation in scenic locations. Walking on Cyprus’ aromatic trails is complimented with sights such as brilliantly frescoed Byzantine chantries, alpine valleys, and sceneries that stretch for great distances. The best areas for walking in Cyprus are the rocky Troodos Highlands, the Krasochoria vineyard regions and the Akamas Cape which is famous for its amazing Mediterranean terrains.

Tran-Siberian Train Journey

The lengthiest route a passenger can take in a single train, the Trans-Siberian Railway Tour is famous for taking mystified vacationers on some of the most extensive trans-Siberian courses, roving between the cities of Moscow and Vladivostok. The entire journey covers over 9,000 kilometers in seven days. Tourists can get to witness the gargantuan panoramas and comprehend the sensation of vastness that the splendid Russian terrains exuberate.

Taking an Adult Gap Year

Taking gap years during retirement is a brilliant way of growing as an individual. An ideal gap year can be spent visiting ancient cities to experience some man-made and natural historic achievements. Be it Rome in Italy or Istanbul in Turkey – gap years should be spent immersed in unique cultures. One may even find the answers to some of life’s deepest questions intensely entrenched into the societies of our descendants. The best thing about taking an adult gap year is that there are no time constraints or no commitments. With a well-planned itinerary, one can find him/herself relaxing in Barcelona and paragliding in New Zealand the following week!

Antarctic Cruise

Quite possibly the most far-off place someone can ever be from their homes and their regular lives – Antarctic Cruise presents the ideal opportunity for retirees looking for a unique experience. Lasting for about two weeks, travellers get to experience an ambiance of splendid isolation, surprisingly accompanied by a unique brand of flora and fauna. Visiting the fabulous Lemaire point is a must. The daunting topography of the Antarctic is a sight to behold especially when hordes of penguins, whales, albatrosses, and seals are spotted, co-existing in the peninsula.

These places and activities are perfectly suited for the retired life – thought provoking, calm and extremely pleasurable! You can find more interesting places to visit here.

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How to Plan a Group Road Trip

Blog, Road Trips - GoroadTrip - November 20, 2018

While many of us prefer to travel alone or with a close friend, there is something about a group road trip that tends to put a smile on anyone’s face. A road trip has the potential to become one of the best experiences of your life and go down in family history as the trip that changed your life. And while the people you are traveling with matter a lot, there are several other things that can make or break a proper road trip. So, in case you haven’t planned such a trip before and feel that you could use some help with it, here is a list of tips and tricks that you should keep in mind so you can all have the time of your lives.

Transportation

The most important part of a road trip is the choice of vehicle. Depending on your group’s size, you can rent a minivan, a camper, a bus or even a car. Make sure to assess how much space your group requires and get a bus rental price quote to see if it is within your budget. Then you can decide whether people from your group will drive the vehicle themselves or you need to hire a driver too. This way, every one of you can relax and connect over good trip music and bad gas station pizza on the way.

Map out your journey

To make your journey hassle free, make sure you map out the route you’re going to take on your road trip beforehand. Also, make sure to take a look at all the alternative routes that lead to your destination. And don’t forget to keep a GPS device or a physical map on you the entire time.

Planning accommodations

Once you decide what route you’re taking for your journey, make sure to look up motels or hotels along the way in case you want to sleep under a roof for a night. Many groups prefer to camp though, so it would also be wise to look at any possible camping locations along the way. Make sure to pack all the important camping gears and you are ready to spend the night bonding around a bonfire, s’mores and some silly old ghost stories.

Choose pit stops

Choosing resting spots where you can stretch your legs, take a bathroom break and recharge is a very important part of a road trip too. Sure, there will be some hotels and petrol pumps along the way, but it doesn’t hurt to check where they are on the route. So if there’s an emergency, you will have an idea about where you can stop. Also, make sure everyone saves the numbers of hospitals and emergency services on their phones.

Choosing sites to see along the way

Choosing the best attractions to stop at along the way may seem like a very easy task but things aren’t always the way they seem. For each spot you choose, you need to take into account the entry fees, the opening and closing times, the average time required to tour the place, parking facilities etc. You need to also be careful to choose things that everyone in the group can enjoy.

Budgeting

Take into account how much each person will be able to comfortably spend before deciding on the average budget. Make sure to discuss everything with your group before starting on the bookings. When you are renting a vehicle, you need to also take into account the money that will be spent on gas refills. If you plan on booking hotels for a few nights, make sure that the prices complement your budget. Also, include the money that will be spent on refreshments for the entire group and make sure to keep a few hundred bucks aside as emergency money.

Plan distractions

After everything is said and done, it is not only the pit stops and comfortable transportations that make a group trip successful. It is also your responsibility to make sure everyone has fun. So, when the playlist is on its third loop and the radio is just plain boring, playing a few road trip games will cheer everyone up and make sure that all of you have the time of your lives. If you need some ideas, here are a few options you can check out.

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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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