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Koure

See the last herd of giraffes in West Africa

57km

13.31062.576

W National Park

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

170km

122.5
Sights

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).

707m

13.51782.1106

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")

1.4km

13.516388892.11694444

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 96.30.24.27. 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.

3.1km

13.52212.1329

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Niamey

Niger
Niamey, the capital of Niger, is a lively, fairly modern city of around 1,200,000 on the banks of the Niger River in the Tillaberi region in the far southwest of Niger. It is the administrative, cultural and economic hub and hence generally offers good facilities for travellers, both budget and upmarket. Niamey offers unique open-air markets that are great for people watching—they’re patronized by members of the Tuareg, Sonuri and Fulani tribes, as well as wrestling, one of the finest museums in Africa and the massive Grand Mosque.

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