About Your Tour of Niger
NIGER is a landlocked nation in West Africa. Its neighbors are Nigeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Algeria, Libya and Chad. Overnight in a Tuareg camp, and learn more about the and witness their camel races and traditional dancing and singing, which are accompanied by drums. Visit AGADEZ and tour the Sultan's palace. Take an excursion in the desert, which covers 80% of the country and stop at TCHINTOULOSS where it is believed the explorer Henri Barth sojourned while journeying through the Sahara and the oases such as TIMIA and CHIRFA. Travel to the highest dune in the TENERE. In NIAMEY, the nation's capital, visit the Grand Marche and the Wadata artisan center. Also, participate in one of Niger's many festivals including Curee Salee.
Full country name: Republic of Niger
Area: 1,267,000 sq km (494,130 sq mi)
Population: 13.272 million (2008)
Capital city: Niamey (pop 750,000) 2005
People: Hausa (55%), Songhai-Zarma (22%), Peul-Fulani (10%), Tuareg (8%), Beri Beri or Kanour (4.3%)
Language: French (official), Hausa, Djerma
Religion: Muslim (80%), remainder indigenous beliefs and Christians
President: Issoufou Mamadou
Visas: Visas are required by everyone except nationals of some West African countries. There are few Niger embassies around the world so getting a visa requires careful planning. Visas can only be obtained in a limited number of West African countries.
Weights & measures: Metric