"Niger - A Desert Safari" Top 5 Page for this destination Niger by ajayzener

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I entered Niger from the Malanville border from the Benin side. One thing that strikes you as soon as you reach there is that, although being an international border this place is quite and deserted. At the delapidated immigration counter the officer takes less than 2 mins to clear you off and you are on your way into Niger crossing the Niger river at the border.

After the border the first city that you cross is Gaya. This although a city is nothing bigger than just a junction and after you cross Gaya what you see on both sides of the road is just dull brown sand with short bushes covered with sand....the road is deserted, and you may find a car every 5 mins , but the road is excellent and straight..you can just cruise ahead. Niamey, the capital city is a 3-4 hr journey from here....


As you start reaching the city of Niamey, the roads get busier. The city is vast with big roads, but there are only few big building at the centre of the city. The city is flat otherwise. The people of Niger are more conservative and traditional compared to the coastal african countries of Benin, Ghana and Togo. The city is brown with hardly any trees and dust striking you all the day long. There is lots to discover in this city. Market places, people and the traditions will intrigue you.

  • Last visit to Niger: Apr 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Wafro's Profile Photo
    Apr 8, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Great Page, parc national du "W" is also on my wishlist. GRTz from Belgium

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2007 at 3:44 AM

    Wow... Excellent page on a less travelled destination, Niger. A Chinese restaurant in Niger - somehow it does not surprise me. Did you see any postcards sold in Niger? Cheers, SL

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2007 at 1:18 AM

    Nice start to the page. Looking forward to more tips ;-)

  • Pat_Bangkok's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2007 at 11:59 PM

    very good start to travel from africa and good information. many thanks.


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