Niger (Bradt Travel Guide)
Jolijn Geels (Author) Transport options are a particular feature, including long-distance connections to neighbouring countries, river trips on the River Niger, and camel trekking in
the Massif de l'Aïr and Tènèrè desert regions, home to the nomadic Tuareg people. This guide covers both ends of the developing travel market for Niger:
upmarket travellers looking for background information as a supplement to a tour, and budget explorers with a need to know all the practicalities.
Paperback: 280 pages; Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 1 edition (30 May 2006); ISBN-10: 1841621528; ISBN-13: 978-1841621524.
The Road to Timbuktu - Tom Fremantle
In the summer of 1795 a 24-year-old Scot with an optimistic heart and an unforgettable name docked on the Gambia River. So began one of the most
extraordinary journeys of exploration in West Africa. Tackling fever, starvation, wild beasts and curious natives, Mungo Park soldiered on to his prize, the
mysterious Niger, finally proving that the great river flowed to the east. The young explorer returned home a hero, his journal an instant bestseller. Over 200 years after this ground
-breaking trip, Tom Fremantle - having long been inspired by Park - decides to follow in his doughty hero's
wake. And so with a dugout canoe, a slothful ox, a donkey called Che and various motorised jalopies,
Fremantle blazes his own haphazard trail down the Niger. En route he visits Timbuktu and Dogon country,
dodges hippos and camps with desert Bedouin. His journey ends in the heart of Nigeria where Mungo Park
lost his life on an ill-fated return expedition to Africa. Fremantle, like Park, puts his trust in strangers on the
road and whether Senegalese prostitutes, Bozo fishermen or Malian chiefs, he brings their stories, their
hopes and fears, vibrantly to life. This is a book that fuses past and present and reveals the spirit of Africa in a whole new light.
Paperback 288 pages (September 15, 2005); Publisher: Constable and Robinson; Language: English; ISBN: 1841199699 The Yellowcake Conspiracy - a novel by British children's author Stephen Davies
The novel is an espionage thriller set in and around the Arlit mine. Andersen Press.
National Tourist Office Niamey - capital city of Niger - port at the Niger River
Niamey is Niger's biggest town. Furthermore administrative and economic center. The most important part of the city is located on the left bank of the river, with hte quarters Anikwara,
Banifandou, Banizoumbou, Boukotchi, Cité Caisse, Cité faysal, Dangawo, Daressalam, Deuxiemme Arrondissement, Gamkale, Kalley East, Kalley South, Kwarakano, Kwaratagui, Lakouroussou, Lazaré, Liberté,
Madina, Plateau, Quartier Aéroport, Quartier Sonni, Quartier Zabarkane, Saga, Sixième, Talladje, Terminus,
Tourakou, Wadata, Yantala Upper, Yantala Lower, Zongo and Goudel. On the righ bank, also known as
Harobanda you will find the quarters: Gaweye, Lamordé, Pont Kennedy, Kirkissoye, Karadjé, and Banga Bana.
Agadez - land of the dinosaurs
The Agadez region includes the vast Ténéré Saharan desert, dune seas like the Erg of Bilma, and the
mountians of the Aïr. Most of its population are nomadic / semi-nomadic peoples : the Tuareg, Toubou, and Wadoobe Fula. Diffa - extreme east of the country Arrondissements in Diffa : Diffa, Maïne-soroa, and N'guigmi. Dosso
Arrondissements in Dosso : Boboye, Dogondoutchi, Dosso, Gaya, and Loga Maradi - in the centre of Niger
The region south, below the department's capital Maradi, forms an area sometimes called the "breadbasket" of Niger.
Arrondissements In Maradi : Aguie, Dakoro, Groumdji, Madarounfa, Mayahi, and Tessaoua Niamey - capital district in the extreme west Attractions in the district include the Niger National Museum, incorporating a zoo, a museum of vernacular
architecture, a craft centre, and exhibits including dinosaur skeletons and the Tree of Ténéré. The capital district is surrounded by the department of Tillabéri. Tahoua
Arrondissements in Tahoua : Bkonni, Bouza, Illela, Keita, Madoua, Tahoura, and Tchin-Tabaraden Tillaberi - in the northwest Arrondissements in Tillaberi : Filingue, Kollo, Ouallam, Say, Téra, and Tillaberi. Zinder - in the east of the country
Departments in Zinder : Gouré, Magaria, Matamèye, Mirriah, Tanout; the sixth is the community of Zinder, capital city of the département. Zinder - Hausa town with the Palace of the Sultan - see Planete Afrique
La Tapoa Tenere Desert - desert region in the south central Sahara
The Tenere comprises a vast plain of sand stretching from northeastern Niger into western Chad. Major cities and villages of Ténéré : Abalagh, Agadez, Arlit, In-Gall, Tahoua, and Tanout Massif de l'Aïr - Air Mountains [ north of Agadez ]
Niger River Tree of Tenere - for a long time the loneliest tree in the world [ acacia ]
In a circle of 400 km around it, no other tree was to be found. In 1973 hit by a drunken truck driver. The metal
replacement is continuing to be an important point in the desert where the road from Agadez splits to the
Wells of Achegour to Dirkou and further south along Oasis Fachi to Bilma in Kaouar-Tal. Coordinates: 17° 45' N, 10° 04' O. See Arbre-Museum-Niamey.jpg.
Adrar Bous Agadez City [ ancient town - Tuaregs ] - in the shadow of the Aïr Mountains
La vieille ville, la mosquée, la maison du boulanger. L'artisanat : La pierre taillée, le bois, le cuir, l'argent, l'or, la
récupération de boites de conserve, le marché au bétail, le marché aux légumes etc. See Agadez Expeditions Aïr - Oasis town Arlit - Founded in 1969 following the discovery of uranium
industrial town in northeastern Niger, built between the Sahara desert and the eastern edge of the Aïr mountains. Ayorou / Ayourou Dosso City
Kaouar Cliffs Maradi [ ancient town - Tuaregs ] Tanaut - On the edge of the Ténéré Desert in the Departement Zinder Zinder - second largest city in Niger
Three main areas in the City of Zinder : Birni [ the old town ] is home to Zinder Great Mosque and the Zinder
Sultan's Palace, as well as a museum. Zengou [ the old Hausa settlement ] is known for its vernacular
architecture. Sabon Gari [ the new town between Birni and Zengou ] is the commercial centre and known for its large market.
University of Niger - Abdou Moumouni University of Niamey
Cuisine - Niger Foods / Recipes
Recipes from Niger
Recevoir à la Nigérienne, Le Kopto, La salade à la mode Nigérienne, Les recettes culinaires Nigériennes, La cuisine Africaine, Autres recettes.
History of Niger
Independence: 3 August 1960 (from France)
Niger's History - see Wikipedia Pre-colonial Niger, Colonization, Early independence, Democracy, Military dictatorship, Modern-day Niger, Timeline Niger Songhai_Empire [ Wikipedia ]
From the early 15th to the late 16th century, the Songhai Empire was one of the largest African empires in
history. This empire was centered around the city of Gao, and its base of power was on the bend of the Niger river in present-day Niger and Burkina Faso.
Music of Niger [ Wikipedia ]
Niger is an African country inhabited by a mix of ethnic groups, mostly Hausa, Beriberi, Songhai, Djerma, Dendi, Peul, Wodaabe, and Tuareg peoples. Events, e.g. with the Tuaregs - Best Sahara Tours
Nomads of Niger - Carol Beckwith, Marion van Offelen
A photographic celebration of the nomadic Wodaabe of Niger with a narrative that follows a herdsman and
his family and kinsmen through one year's journey in parched, sub-Saharan Africa. This volume documents their life, culture, traditions and celebrations.
Hardcover (September 1, 1993); Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.; Language: English; ISBN: 0810981254
National Festival of Aïr - northern Niger
Traditionally held the last week of December in Iferouane (village north of Agadez and east Arlit).
This popular rendezvous for all the Tuareg of the region is colorful and competitions are held in the right mood
and with responsibly. Prizes are awarded after many heated discussions. As in the Italian tradition,
confrontation between neighborhoods is here between villages in various fields, traditional costumes of male
and female, dancing men in front of a group of women who sing to give the rhythm, music, Miss Air election
and above all, the most anticipated of all, the camel race (2 races, young and old camels). The winner will be
the idol of the region throughout the year. In the village during the festival, traders from across the region
offers their best fruits, vegetables and especially beautiful silver jewelry, pride of the artisans of the Air. La Cure salée - Festival of the Nomads
A yearly gathering of the Tuareg and Wodaabe peoples in the northern Niger town of Ingall. Cure Salée marks the end of the rainy season, and usually occurs in the last two weeks of September.
Wodaabé join the Cure Salée celebration with their own. See Asmat Travel. Festival Gerewol - La fête de Guerwal
Called after the traditional dance of the Wodabee peoples. The right time to attract woman in a beauty contest.
The main event is Yaake dance. Men are dancing showing their beauty, charisma, elegance and charm.
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