Destination Information for Niger
The landlocked country of Niger, in West Africa, is a former French colony, which has had independent status since 1960. It’s a country made up mostly of desert and mountain ranges in the North, with a cooler, sub-tropical climate in the South thanks to the River Niger flowing through the area.
The people of Niger are friendly and welcoming, although accommodation and infrastructure in the country is still basic. A slow growing tourism industry means that it is possible, though, to find modern cabins which have been purpose built in beautiful, breathtaking locations specifically for visitors to experience the wonders that Niger has to offer.
W National Park, in the far Southwest, can be accessed from the country’s capital, Niamey. Here you are ideally situated to discover a haven for lions, leopards, elephants and baboons at this stunning and diverse reserve. Niamey is also home to museums, markets, shops and restaurants, and is a lively example of the traditional culture of Niger.
In the North of Niger, the Ténéré Desert and Aïr Mountains are quite simply unlike any other place on earth. With deserted medieval settlements and dinosaur remains, this is a landscape which is barren yet breathtaking, and certainly not one for the fainthearted. Niger has a short rainy season from June to September, but the climate is generally hot and dry.
There is no British embassy in Niger. Please contact the FCO for advice.