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 October).
Floods – Bandits at the Border
Heavy rains have lead to flooding in parts of the country. Travelers should seek local advice on road and transport conditions.
Due to the presence of bandits and militias, travelers should avoid the border areas with Algeria, Mali, Libya, Nigeria, Chad and Mali. The Azawagh area between the Malian and Algerian borders should also be avoided. Some roads in the north of the country are off-limits to tourists: seek local advice if planning travel in this region.
Security forces are active against armed groups in the Air Massif, Tenere and Kaouar regions in central Niger.