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Niger Travel and Tourism

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Niger , officially the Republic of Niger, is a landlocked country in Western Africa, named after the Niger River. It borders Nigeria and Benin to the south, Burkina Faso and Mali to the west, Algeria and Libya to the north and Chad to the east. Its size is almost 1,270,000 km², making it the largest nation in West Africa, with a population of just under 13,300,000, mostly clustered in the far south and west of the nation. The capital city is Niamey. Niger is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world, with over 80% of its territory covered by the Sahara desert, and much of the rest threatened by periodic drought and desertification. The economy is concentrated around subsistence and some export agriculture clustered in the more fertile south, and the export of raw materials—especially uranium ore. Niger remains handicapped by its landlocked position, poor education, infrastructure, health care, and environmental degradation. Nigerien society reflects a great diversity drawn from the long independent histories of its several ethnic groups and regions and their relatively short period living in a single state. Historically, what is now Niger has been on the fringes of several large states. Since independence, Nigeriens have lived under five constitutions and three periods of military rule, but have maintained elected multiparty rule since 1999. The vast majority of the population practice Islam. A majority also live in rural areas, and have little access to advanced education.

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Niger A Safe Country to Travel but Be Aware - Niamey
Niger A Safe Country to Travel but Be Aware Niger is one of the safest countries in West Africa. In Niamey you should feel safe, even after dark, no matter what US Department of State says. In markets there is risk of pickpockets. Carrying a backpack and camera, looking like a tourist, and especially being a white, will definitely draw some unwanted attention. Most of the attention is from people who try to get your money legally, either by selling you a toothbrush or by begging, but there are always few less honest people. In the region north of Agadez, there have been many car-jackings, kidnappings and robberies in the past sixteen or so years. The problem continues to this day (most recently, 2 Italians were kidnapped by Tuareg rebels in Septembe...

Winter Season is good to visit Niger - Niamey
Winter Season is good to visit Niger December to February is the best time to visit, as temperatures are at their coolest and rainfall is nonexistent. The only drawbacks are the dusty harmattan winds, which can reduce visibility to less than 1km (0.6mi) and spoil photographic opportunities, and surprisingly cold evening temperatures in the desert. This is also the best time to visit Parc W, Niger's wildlife reserve, which closes during the wet season. If you find yourself there a little earlier, in the month of September, you can catch the Cure Sale (Salt Cure or, Festival of the Nomads). The hottest part of the year is March to June. Desert travel is not feasible at these times. Similarly, traveling can be difficult during the rainy season (June to Octo...

The Tenere Desert Classic Image of Niger - Niamey
The Tenere Desert Classic Image of Niger The Tenere Desert fulfills the classic image of endless empty desert - towering sand dunes scattered here and there with cave paintings, dinosaur fossils and car wrecks. It's illegal to explore here unless you're in the company of a licensed guide from a licensed Nigerien travel agency. Police require a feuille de route (official itinerary) for all vehicles traveling north of Agadez - these are only issued by licensed Nigerien travel agencies in Agadez and Niamey.