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Destinations in Niger

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Cities in Niger

  • Niamey — Despite being both the administrative and commercial capital, it is probably the least congested and chaotic city in West Africa.
  • Agadez — For almost five centuries, it has been a trans-Saharan commercial center, home to a beautiful palace and numerous mosques, and a gateway to the surrounding Air Mountains.
  • Ayorou — Along a scenic stretch of the Niger River, with one of Niger’s finest marketplaces and a launching point for river excursions to Gaya.
  • Diffa — Peul is a hamlet in the middle of changing sand dunes and vanishing swampland that acts as a gateway to SE Niger and Lake Chad.
  • Dosso — features a modest ethnic museum, a vibrant market, and an even more vibrant chief’s palace
  • Maradi — Agriculture center (particularly peanuts), home to a beautiful chief’s palace, and close to seasonal rivers/floodplains that have resulted in unique terrain formations to the south
  • Tahoua — Stop en route to Agadez
  • Zinder — This Peul-Hausa city, Niger’s cultural center, features some of the most colorful artisan markets (pottery and tanning are local specialties), as well as a notable regional museum and sultan’s palace.

Other destinations in Niger

  • W National Park — beautiful national park, best accessible from Niamey
  • Koure — View the final giraffe herd in West Africa.
  • Balleyara Market — Two hours outside Niamey, you’ll find one of West Africa’s biggest livestock markets, as well as a colorful variety of other traditional market and artisan goods (Sundays)
  • Ayorou — Three hours from Niamey, this riverside village has a colorful, laid-back Sunday market as well as pirougue excursions to view hippos and islands.
  • Boubon — On an island in the Niger River, there is a bar/restaurant and cottages for hire on a weekly basis.
  • Termit & Tin Toumma National Nature and Cultural Reserve — The park preserves numerous species (including the highly endangered addax, Dama gazelle, and desert cheetah), the nomadic lifestyle, and includes beautiful desert scenery. It is one of Africa’s biggest reserves (twice the size of Costa Rica). Although it was founded in 2012, it will take some time for guides, ecotours, and facilities to become available.
  • Air and Ténéré Natural Reserve — a desert natural reserve that has been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list

How To Travel To Niger

By plane Niamey and Agadez both have international airports. Flights from Europe and West Africa arrive in Niamey on a regular basis.Air France is the only major airline operating direct flights from outside of Africa, although Point Air Niger, a small airline, travels weekly between France and Niamey.Royal Air Maroc offers...

How To Travel Around Niger

In Niger, there are no railroads. Over 2000 kilometers of the 10,000 kilometers of roads are paved, and attempts are being undertaken to enhance some of the portions that have previously been inexhaustibly repaired. On roads in good to acceptable condition, you may drive from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso all...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Niger

Visas are required by all nationals except: Nationals of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, and Tunisia are eligible.Residents in possession of a valid Permis de Séjour or Visa de...

Food & Drinks in Niger

Food in Niger Traditional local cuisine includes: a thick millet porridge topped with an okra sauce, a pepper sauce, a tomato sauce, or a squash sauce, occasionally with vegetables and a few pieces of meatrice with the aforementioned saucesmushy macaroni with an oily crimson saucerice & beansmaize couscous with moringa leaves,...

Money & Shopping in Niger

Niger uses the West African CFA franc (XOF), which is pronounced "say-eff-ah." Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Senegal, and Togo also use it. While technically distinct from the Central African CFA franc (XAF), the two currencies are used interchangeably at par in all CFA franc (XAF &...

Festivals & Holidays in Niger

Niger's government and people celebrate a total of twelve official public holidays. International commemorations, significant events in Niger's history, and religious festivals are among them. As official public holidays, both Christian and Muslim holidays are celebrated. While France, the previous colonial authority, established Christian observances, the overwhelming majority of...

Traditions & Customs in Niger

Visitors are regarded like kings in Niger (according to a Koranic saying), so be cautious not to take advantage of the generosity you will be given. Generally, accept any little symbols and gestures (cokes, tea, small presents, etc.) that are given to you throughout your stay in Niger. It's...

Language & Phrasebook in Niger

The official language of Niger is French, although relatively few people speak it outside of Niamey, and even then, don't anticipate a high-level discussion with market merchants. Djerma (spoken mostly in Niamey and the neighboring Tillaberi and Dosso areas), Hausa, Fulfulde, and Tamashek (spoken by Tuaregs in the north),...

Culture Of Niger

Nigerien culture is characterized by diversity, a result of the cultural crossroads that French colonization molded into a united state at the turn of the twentieth century. In the pre-colonial era, Niger was formed from four distinct cultural areas: the Zarma-dominated Niger River valley in the southwest; the northern...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Niger

Stay Safe in Niger Niger is a politically unstable country with extensive lawlessness. The most recent coup in early 2010 exacerbated the dangerous situation, and every visitor should carefully monitor independent news and maintain touch with their embassy. Vicious and cruel Al-Qaeda and Boko Haram militants are active in Niger...

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