36 - The Ultimate Dream Holiday: Is an African Safari Right for You?

The Ultimate Dream Holiday: Is an African Safari Right for You?

A Safari is definitely one of the finest means to awaken the senses and fetch a complete change of scenery. They offer the perfect chance to connect with the wide side and watch stunning and bold animals roam freely first hand. But with numerous safari options available, choosing one can feel overwhelming. So, to benefit, consider some factors detailed below when deciding which safari is right for you.

 

How long is a Safari adventure?

Safaris can be of any length but anything that is under four to five day, in our opinion, it is not worth it unless it is tacked on to some other adventures. Preferably, 8-10 days is the least that should be intended for a well-rounded safari adventure. 

 

Choose the perfect safari destination 

Narrowing down what kind of wildlife you want to see will ultimately narrow down where you go. An African Safari may be definitely something you strongly desire to explore, but never let that stop you from looking elsewhere; world-class safaris can be found in all corners of the world. 

 

In our article, we have mostly focused on African Safari to make it easy for you to choose further.

Boasting the stunning roster of national parks, Africa is a favorite destination for first-time safari adventurers, and enthusiasts, for a good reason. Fall in love with the wildlife on a safari in Botswana, South Africa, Tanzania, and Kenya. 

 

Focus on the mode of transportation

Walking 

For the seriously adventurous kind, a walking safari is the best means to be one with nature. Experiencing the wilderness up close offers you a real chance to soak in the sights, scents, and sounds of your surroundings. 

 

Water

Water safaris are ideal for families as a relaxed alternative. Observe from afar while enjoying a leisurely cruise, or even get closer and hop aboard on your own canoe.  

 

Jeep 

Whether you’re on a self-driving tour or on a guided tour, a 4×4 jeep is a great means to get around. A jeep safari offers both a sense of adventure and safety, perfect for families with kids. 

 

Balloon ride 

Experience the wild outdoors from above in a hot air balloon ride. If you’re planning to go the extra mile, this is the best chance for stunning photographs. While these aren’t a common mode of transport for safaris, specific destinations such as Africa and Serengeti are popular for offering Balloon Safaris. 

 

The dry season is Southern Africa is mostly from May to October. This is when the viewing is at its best in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Botswana, especially in the drier and hotter months at the end of the season. Thirty animals collect at the waterholes, vegetation is sparse, and trees are often bare. These conditions make it ideal for adventurers to see wildlife. It’s mostly cold at night during mid-winter, but the daytime temperatures are mild and the risk of malaria is at its lowest. 

 

The wet season is from mostly December to March. This is a hot and humid period, with short but intense bursts of rain. The Southern African landscape is beautifully green at this time of the year, many animals give birth, birdwatching is exceptional, which is a special game viewing experience, especially when predators move in for an easy kill.   

 

If you’re ready to explore the wind at its highest sense in Africa then it’s time to book your tickets and go for it. Africa is a land that will fill you with wonders at every turn and you must definitely go explore it. If you desire to have the best Safari experience in Africa, connect with us at Travel Gooru today. We help clients search for cheap hotels and rental cars at their vacation destination. We instantly compare prices and provide precise details to make it easy for our clients.

Travel Gooru Blogs 1 - London’s Biggest Tourist Attractions

London’s Biggest Tourist Attractions

Someone very aptly said, “A bad day in London is still better than a good day anywhere else”. London, the capital of England and also her largest city is around two thousand years old. Originally called ‘Londinium’ by the Romans, modern-day London offers an eclectic mix of history, art, culture, food, and fashion.

 

Be it the confluence of ancient and modern art at the Tate Britain and the Tate Modern or high-end fashion at Bond Street or boho-chic at Oxford Street, London caters to myriad different tastes and interests. So, here are some of London’s hotspots that will captivate your senses and leave you longing for more.

 

First up, undoubtedly has to be Buckingham Palace-the London residence and administrative headquarters of the monarch. Here you can get much more than an eyeful of world-famous art and real opulence, not to forget Changing of the Guard, one of London’s most popular attractions. If you are looking for the famous British military pomp and grandeur, this is where you need to be.

 

Next is the iconic Big Ben, which is the great bell of the largest and most accurate, four-faced striking and chiming clock in the world. Located at the northern end of Westminster Palace, this tower was originally known as Clock Tower. It was renamed Elizabeth Tower in 2012 to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. As for Westminster Palace, it is representative of a combination of History, Politics, and Architecture. It is the meeting place of both houses of the British Parliament. Westminster Abbey is home to the remains of seventeen monarchs and also many of history’s celebrities like Darwin, Dickens, to name a few. This embodiment of Gothic grandeur has played host to sixteen royal weddings and every coronation since 1066.

 

The Tower of London is a must-see for its wonderful architecture, gruesome stories and costumed actors and guides, who bring to life the ghosts of the past. Built-in 1078 by William the Conqueror, it was used as a prison from 1100-1952. Today it houses the world-famous Crown Jewels. So if expensive baubles are your thing, the Tower is definitely worth a visit.

 

London’s cantilevered observation wheel on the south bank of the Thames is one of the UK’s most popular paid tourist attractions. Popularly known as the Millenium Wheel, it used to offer the highest public viewing point in London till 2013. Now that honour has been claimed by the Shard. Designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, the Shard offers a 360-degree view of the city.

 

If resplendent palaces with plush grounds are what fascinate you, pay a visit to Hampton Court. This Tudor era palace with indoor tennis courts, a royal maze and magic garden adventure playground, has been known to enthrall history buffs and art enthusiasts alike.

 

A visit to London wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the incredible Madame Tussauds, where over 300 lifelike models vie for your attention. From contemporary actors like George Clooney and Aishwarya Rai to history’s icons like Einstein and Marilyn Monroe, here’s your chance to get up close and personal with all the celebrities you could possibly dream of. 

 

No trip is complete without sampling the local delights. While fish and chips do have their charm, who wouldn’t like to relive the days of yore, with a typical English High Tea? A visit to The Ritz, Piccadilly will have your taste-buds dancing in delight as you feast on dainty cakes, wafer-thin sandwiches, and the trademark Earl Grey.

 

So why wait any longer? We at Travelgooru.com are committed to turning your dreams into reality. Contact us and enjoy an unforgettable “London” experience.

 

Corona COVID-19 travel ban in Italy

So far Italy has reported 368 cases infected with corona virus in which the patient has died in the last 24 hours.

Italy has been one of the worst countries after China that has been hit by this virus. If reports are to be believed, over 1800 people have been killed in Italy which makes the total number of cases hitting nearly 25000.

On Sunday alone, Italy reported 368 new death cases from the corona virus outbreak in the country which makes the death toll hit the count of 1809 people. Additionally, the number of people who have been found with positive symptoms of the case has risen from 21157 on Saturday to 24747 on Sunday, according to the country’s civil protection authority report.

Covid 19 - Corona COVID-19 travel ban in Italy
COVID-19 Pandemic

Governments around the world have declared COVID- 19 infections as a rapidly spreading pandemic. Due to this, they have put restrictions on the movement of the citizen inside and within the country to reduce the spread of the virus which has nearly killed 5800 people across the globe. Over 1, 53, 000 people have been affected globally by this virus according to WHO reports.

Spain

Spain has become the second European country to announce the worldwide lockdown as more than 200 new cases have been confirmed. Moreover, the number of deaths reported also doubled up.

Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has informed that there has been extending restrictions on the travel from the north to the entire country, to stop the spread of the virus.

Moreover, Conte informed Monday night that a new government decree will require all people in Italy to demonstrate a need to work, health conditions and other limited resources to travel within the country.

As per the new figures, the rise in the number of COVID-19 infections in Spain has totaled to 7,753. Its death toll totals 288. Afterward, the government has imposed a near-total nationwide lockdown. This lockdown has banned people from leaving home except for crucial works like to go to work, get medical care or buy food.

Milan in Confusion

Confusion has prevailed in Northern Italy among the citizen over where they could go and who could go where under what circumstances. The government of Italy has locked down vast areas with more than one-quarter of the Italian population, in an attempt to control the spread of pandemic corona virus in the country.

Owing to the ever-growing number of patients, Italy has been declared as the Global virus hotspot. Earlier restrictions were laid on 11 towns in Italy which have now extended to the entire Lombardy region and 14 provinces in the Piemonte, Veneto and Emilia Romagna regions.

Milan has been Italy’s financial hub and is the main city in Lombardy is now seen unseasonably numb which can be observed from the city’s main train station to travel destinations. It is mandatory for the people at Milan Central main train station to sign a police form which is a self-certifying form, that they are traveling for the proven work needs or situation of necessity including health reasons for are returning to their homes.

Italy Government Steps

The number of cases in Italy is high at an alarming rate which has created serious problems as the hospitals are at the point of collapse. People who are circulating inside the city without any valid reason for being out has been subjected up to 3 months in jail or fine of 206 Euros. This means the Italian government is increasingly spreading the message of stay at home.

With the increasing number of corona infected patients totaling 29, 172, Italy has again overtaken South Korea as the country with most cases outside China. Death number has also increased from 97 to 463 in Italy.

A decree has been signed early Sunday by Italian premier Giuseppe Conte that attempted to lock down 16 million people in Italy prosperous Northern part for nearly a month to control the virus spread across Europe. Certainly, this is an extraordinary measure that will also apply to the city of Venice until April 3.

This number is more than a quarter of Italy’s total population.

Under the new decree, casual errands are banned. The bar closes at 6:00 p.m.

Mr. Conte described the measures as “I stay home” – with people forbidden to gather in public. “No more nightlife; we can’t allow this anymore since they are occasions for contagion,” he said.

As per the decree, all sporting events, inclusive of football matches are suspended nationwide. Schools and universities will remain closed until 3 April.

The most affected areas by the decree are the most productive in Italy as all the business has shut down and the commercial deliveries of export are on hold.

The civil protection agency has emphasized that commercial freight was not affected by the crackdown. But there is no information regarding the drivers who leave the containment area. It has been made mandatory that they would be subjected to 14 days quarantine once they returned from trips outside the red zones.

For travelers and casual commuters, the procedure for checking for virus infection has been tightened significance at the main train station since Sunday morning decree. People are being now checked for tickets and documents of arriving and departure by the pair of police officers in masks backed by the pair of masked army soldiers.

Under the government placed orders for the country lockdown, 3 passengers with a temperature higher than 99.5 degrees were not allowed to board flights to the United States. All travelers flying into Italy are subject to temperature screening in Italy’s major airports and the flights from China and Taiwan have been suspended by the country.

Corona Worldwide

Spain became the second European country having being imposing a nationwide lockdown. Anew cases 2000 cases have been detected here and the number of reported deaths has doubled up.

In Iran, an announcement has been made for more than 100 people who died in the past 24 hours owing to the diseases. This confirms the case count to nearly 14,000. Tehran has blamed that its fight against corona virus is being severely handicapped by US sanctions.

The capital city of the Philippines, Manila has been sealed off. There its 12 million residents have been told to avoid traveling for a month. Schools and universities have been closed in the city. No large events are allowed to be held.
In the United States, there are tightened and increased screening measures for people returning from Europe. This has created have caused chaos at airports.

Efforts by Governments in Different Countries

Governments in different countries are limiting travel – both inward and outward – to control the movement of people that causes the spread of the virus.

International arrivals in both China and South Korea have been tightened for the fear of importing diseases via infected people.
The cases being reported of infection outside China are on the high rise. The viruses were first originated late last year, then inside in China.
According to the WHO reports, globally, the virus has now infected more than 168,000 people and is responsible for killing at least 6,610 people.

WHO Instructions

According to the World Health Organization warning, the corona virus pandemic is a “defining global health crisis of our time”. It has urged countries to test all suspected cases.

As the precautionary measure, the United States and countries across Europe have closed schools, entertainment venues and all public places except for the essential services. This drastic step is an effort to fight back the virus.

31 - The 8 Best Old Towns in Europe

The 8 Best Old Towns in Europe

Europe brings with itself a rich and deep-rooted heritage, narrating the tales of an era where things worked differently leaving an eternal historical significance for us to unravel. Europe offers some of the world’s best-preserved old towns that are placed within a modern city, although being distinct and historical in its own way.

 

If you are a history connoisseur, this old town will entice you for sure. To help you decide what all places to visit in Europe, here are a list of some of the best old towns in Europe, for to you narrow it down:

 

  1. Edinburgh, Scotland

Home to an old and a new town, Edinburgh has history and tales cobbled in every corner of every street. The Old Town has to offer the Royal Mile and one of the most colorful, hilly and happening market places, called Victoria Street. The best part about this good old town is that you can locate the Edinburgh Castle from almost anywhere, looking upon the picturesque city. Scotland is a must-visit and the archival satisfaction is to the fullest. 

 

  1. Krakow, Poland

Rich in history and the remarkable architecture makes Poland a hotspot for ancient culture. The delightful sight of the ancient buildings are bets enjoyed in the day when the light hits the beautiful surroundings. This entire old town is encircled by a park and you’re sure to fall in love with the place. Don’t forget to visit the Jewish area of Kazimierz and how it has changed over the years. 

 

  1. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Won’t you kill for a melodious drive down the Montenegrin coast just to find the wonderful city of Dubrovnik appears before you? That is a definite yes. Popularly known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, it truly is a phenomenal town with a rich history and the exciting tales of the famous HBO show, Game of Thrones. 

 

  1. Tallinn, Estonia

A walled city with appeasing pastel buildings, church steeples almost everywhere and cobblestone streets. This town has everything you can expect out of a European old town. Tallinn will also most likely be your cheapest trip given the easy access and friendly neighborhood. 

 

  1. Prague, Czechia

The colorful candy houses of Prague have a story to tell about the richness and the ethnic climate of the old town. The locals opted to let the invaders march in instead of fighting them and thus was destroyed by many. Yet, this piece of land has managed to go on to become one of the most wonderful sights in all of Europe. 

 

  1. Florence, Italy

Being home to more than 50 percent of the art treasures worldwide, Florence has more to it than its artistic buildings and world-class museums. Also known as Centro Storico, the place is filled with warm colors and tones of art.

 

  1. Stockholm, Sweden

The Gamla Stan, the old town of Stockholm is utterly breathtaking. Their multi-colored substations, maritime museum having a mysterious history from the seventh century and exquisite cuisine are the highlights of the pretty old town.

 

  1. Kotor, Montenegro

Placed on the Bay of the Kotor, Old Kotor is a small walled town giving you all the fairy tale feels. Set in a spectacular natural setting, it is engulfed by lush mountains and blue waters. The climb to the San Giovanni Fortress offers beautiful views of both the Bay of Kotor and the city and the magnificent fortress itself is tons of fun as well. 

 

Don’t hesitate to plan your divine journey to discover the historical enigma of Europe with Travel Gooru. They offer to search and compare deals and amazing online options to book flights, hotels and much more.

32 - The Things to Do in Bern: Switzerland’s Capital of Surprises

The Things to Do in Bern: Switzerland’s Capital of Surprises

Switzerland’s fifth-largest city, Bern has been the capital city for more than 170 years. The city is built on the foundations laid down from the 15th century, and therefore, it has a rich history of heritage features and Swiss traditions. Placed in the heart of the country, it is a perfect place to jump-start your adventure or journey to explore the depths of Switzerland.

 

Declared as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 1983, the old of Bern has preserved its medieval culture. Opposed to the assumption of modern Zurich as the capital city, the Old Town of Bern can just bring you by surprise. Being in this mystical town, you might wonder what all to capture within your memory, here is a list of things to do to help you explore Switzerland the right way.

 

The Zytglogge:

Among the plenty of things one can do in Bern, you can start by exploring their timeworn treasures. A favored meeting spot and the very of the city, The Zytglogge Clock Tower is a must show. Home of the iconic clock since its installment in 1530. One of the oldest in Switzerland, its mechanical features and well-constructed museums take you back through history. 

 

Museum of Arts:

The oldest art museum of the country can be found in Bern, with over 3,000 paintings and sculptures and over 50,000 pieces of art. Just ahead of Helvetiaplatz, is the only communication museum in all of Switzerland dedicated to historic coaches and postage stamps. A visit to this museum can enable you to check out their area of telecom, telephones, and telegraphs where you can decipher Morse code and much more.  

 

Architecture:

The medieval streets and narrow side alleys will give you a typical old town feel in Bern. 

 

Climb Higher:

Rose Garden is said to be one of the nicest viewpoints over the city up high, filled with over a hundred kinds of roses spread over historical brickwork of the old town Bern. 

 

Bern Bears:

Popularly known as the “City of Bears”, this town believes in a legend that the founder of the city once hunted a bear and thus the significance. The symbols are all over the place, flags, murals, decorations, and important monuments, etc. 

 

Albert Einstein’s City:

Home to the scientific genius Albert Einstein, Bern was where he theorized and slipcovered his study of relatively. If your inner geek is pushing it, you must check out the remains of Albert Einstein’s life. 

 

Adventure Activities:

A dip into the Aare River is highly recommended with their U shaped playground for what is called by the UNESCO list of Swiss traditions as “urban swimming”. Do pay a visit to Gurteen Peak and the famous Emmental valley, where the cheese with the holes got famous. 

 

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