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See the last herd of giraffes in West Africa


W National Park

national park in West Africa around a meander in the River Niger shaped like the letter W



The cultural capital of Niger, this Peul-Hausa city has perhaps the most colourful craft markets (pottery & tanning are local specialities) as well as a noteworthy regional museum and sultan's palace



city in Niger



urban commune in Niger



capital of Niger

Sights (7)

Aïr Mountains


Agadez Mosque

Built in the 16th century.


Grand Mosque of Niamey

You can tour the Grande Mosquée, a gift to Niger from Qadafi. Just walk right up to the main doors of the Grande Mosque and the guardian will greet you and give you a tour. Or set up with him ahead of time -- his name is Issaka and his number is You pay “whatever you think is appropriate” but be aware that you will have to pay three separate times: the first time is a donation to support the upkeep of the mosque and their charitable activities; the second time is a small donation for the women’s room of the mosque, and then a tip for the guide at the end. So, you might pay XOF1000/400/1000 per person but exact amounts are up to you. As part of the tour you can climb the minaret and take pictures. Tours are in French, Hausa, or Zarma. Not open around prayer time, Fridays, and Muslim holidays. He likes to rush you through, but take your time and enjoy it. You might need to “remind” him about the minaret. Be sure to dress conservatively; women need to wear a head scarf.


Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cathedral, Niamey

The largest place of worship for the city's minority (but still sizable) Christian population, the cathedral mixes local and European architecture & décor. This cathedral is very lively during sermons and churchgoers are finely dressed. Services are offered in French & Hausa, inquire at the Catholic mission (+227 20 733259).


Niamey Grand Market

The largest market in Niger and the country's commercial centre , this colourful and vibrant site contains over 5000 stalls (1500 of which are enclosed). See below (under "Buy")


Sultan's palace of Maradi

palace in Maradi, Niger


Grand Marché de Maradi

market in Maradi, Niger


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Someday we will visit Niger or begin to dream about going there! However, for now its not on our radar. Let us know in the comments if you think that should change!


Niger (pronounced: nee-ZHAIR) is an arid, landlocked country of the Sahel with a population of 20 million. It is bordered by Algeria, Mali, Burkina Faso, Benin, Nigeria, Chad and Libya. Niger is a former French colony which was granted independence in 1960. The land is mostly desert plains and dunes, with rolling savanna in the southeast with nothing much to see.

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