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How to plan a trip to niger
The country of Niger, officially the Republic of Niger is the largest country in West Africa. The area of the country is approximately 1,237,000 square kilometers, over 80% of which is covered by the Sahara Desert. The river Niger flows through the more fertile southern region of the country. The capital city of Niamey is also located in this region. The main topographies of Niger are desert and ‘Savannahs’ (African grasslands). One of the most important forests in Africa, the WAP (W-Ari-Pendjari) encompasses the southern regions of Niger. You may have an encounter with the West African Lion planned in your Niger travel guide.
Visa Requirements for Entering Niger
There are several countries which are exempted from Niger visa requirements. An updated list is available in the Niger Government website. The travelers from rest of the countries need to apply for a visa by duly completing application forms. You need to attach a valid passport and proof of return journey also. There is a visa fee applicable and the general processing time is three working days.
Ideal Season for a Trip to Niger
The desert and the landlocked condition of the country impart a hot and dry climate for most of the year. The months of March to May are the hottest with temperatures reaching above 40°C with frequent storms. The next cycle starts from June to September with the climate changing to hot and humid with little to moderate rainfall. The best time to visit Niger usually is the period between months of October to February, when it is comparatively cooler with average temperatures around 30°C.
Best Tourism Locations to Visit in Niger
The ‘W’ National Park, named due to the shape of Niger River flowing through this area, is one of the best places to visit in Niger. You may also plan to visit the Air Mountains in Sahara desert for experiencing the unique flora and fauna of this hilly region. A journey through the Niger River in a local canoe is one of the top things to do in Niger. Apart from the enthralling vistas by the riverbank, you may try your hand at fishing too.
Means of Transportation in Niger
A network of roads connects the main towns in this country. The average distance between two cities is quite long owing to the desert. Private four-wheel drives provide the best and safe solution to the problem of how to reach Niger tourist destinations spread throughout the country. The vehicle renting rates should be fixed beforehand to avoid confusion. Taxis are available in the capital city of Niamey. You may also avail bus service for transportation in Niger, but traveling is slower this way.
Local Food and Places to Stay in Niger
‘Shinkafa’, rice balls served with vegetable and meat stews, is a popular dish in Niger. ‘Tattabara’, flattened and grilled whole pigeon is a common meat dish. ‘Laban’ is the staple frozen drink in the summer months made from yogurt. For comfortable accommodations, you may choose Hotel de la Tapoa in Niamey or the Pension Tellit Hotel in Agadez.
To conclude, a vacation in the country of Niger will be enjoyable with the variety of experiences during your travels in the region.
How much does it cost to travel to Niger
Plan your trip to Niger with an estimated budget for your travel. The average daily cost of food in Niger is USD 55 per person. For a family of four, the cost of eating out is USD 220. For getting around Niger, you will need a rough figure of USD 49 per day. For detailed Niger trip cost calculator, use Niger Trip Planner.
*Based on Food, Accommodation & Transportation