Niger is one of the rare countries of the Sahel where communities hold a deep respect for tradition. Each community has managed to preserve its cultural heritage despite the wind of modernization that blows through every African country. LOANATRAVEL proposes a program to help travelers discover Niger in all its facets.
Note: This itinerary is but an example, the final word is always up to the traveler, whose expectations will be entirely taken into account.
Plan your trip to Niger
Arrival in the capital. The guide drives you to the hotel.
DAY 2: SAFARI AND NIGHT AT TILLABERI
After a short tour of the capital, we will go to Kouré to see the last giraffes in Africa. On the road to Tillaberi, we will make a stop at the Balleyara market, famous for its livestock trade. In the evening, we will arrive at Tillaberi. Night at the Hotel La Girafe.
DAY 3: DEPARTURE FOR TAHOUA
Tahoua is an important stop on our visit. We will go to meet the Hausa people in the city. Strolling about the old quarter, we will see their houses made of clay from the surrounding hills. Night at the Hotel Tarka.
DAY 4: DEPARTURE FOR KEITA
We will continue our visit into the central part of the country. This stop is chosen for its green landscape in the middle of the Sahel. Excursion into the large valley of Goulbi N’kaba to admire the variety of its ecosystem. In the evening, we will spend the night in a Hausa encampment.
DAYS 5 AND 6: MARADI
Second largest city in the country and an important cultural center, Maradi promises us a lovely visit. We will be received by the sultan in his royal court. Next, we will go to Madaroumfa and alongside a pond recognized for its mystical powers. We will continue our visit to the village of Tibiri, an animist village where fetishist practices are always taking place. Night at the Maradi Guesthouse.
DAYS 7 AND 8: DEPARTURE FOR ZINDER
Excursion to the Damagaram, ancient name for Zinder. We will spend two days there to learn about the history of this mythical city, made famous by its dynastic intrigues and the architectural beauty of the Hausa houses. Excursion through the Zengo district and also the aristocratic Kanouri district. We will stay at the Hotel Damagaram. At night, we will go out to the cabarets to listen to live traditional music.
DAY 9: BIRNI N’KONNI
After two days in the Damagaram, we will descend toward Birni N’konni, a cosmopolitan city that is the crossroads for the Hausa, Zerma, and Tuareg ethnic groups. Excursion through nearby villages where the procession around the granaries and the water’s meandering offer a pleasant sight to see. There are periodic horse races organized here under the supervision of the spiritual chief of the Tuaregs. Exchange with the inhabitants to learn about their daily life. Night at the Hotel Konni.
DAY 10: DEPARTURE FOR DOSSO
Dosso is a stop on the return trip to Niamey. Visit to the city where vestiges from the colonial era can still be found. We will stay at the Hotel Zigui and go out to see the work of local artisans.
DAY 11: NIAMEY
We will leave early in the morning for Niamey. A detour through Boubon to see the most original market in Niger. The evening will be reserved for a birdwatching ride on the Niger River. Night at the Grand Hotel.
DAY 12: HORSEBACK RIDING
This morning will be devoted to a visit on horseback into the valley of the Niger River. We will go full circle passing by way of the museum and the center for craftwork and ending at the principal mosque of the capital. In the evening, we will go to the airport in preparation for departure.