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Travel Warning WARNING: Northern Niger is unsafe for travel due to the long-running conflict with the nomadic Tuareg people. Terrorist attacks and kidnappings of westerners have occurred.
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(Information last updated Aug 2020)

Northern Niger covers Niger's Saharan territory.


Map of Northern Niger
  • 1 Agadez — the largest city in Saharan Niger.
  • 2 Arlit   — the second largest city in the region.
  • 3 Bilma   — gateway to the remotest reaches of the Ténéré Desert.
  • 4 Chirfa — gateway to the Djado Plateau.

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Get inEdit

Mano Dayak International Airport (AJY IATA) in Agadez receives flights from the capital, Niamey.

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Intricate ornaments and dacing are important in the guérewol.

If visiting in mid-September, just after the rainy season, be sure to participate in the Cure Salee, translated as the Salt Cure because of the nearby salt flats and also known as Festival of the Nomads. It's a yearly gathering by the nomadic Tuareg and Wodaabe peoples that inhabit northern Niger and Mali taking place at the village of In-gall, 115 km west of Agadez. The festival is part market, part social gathering. For the Wodaabe peoples Cure Salee is the most important guérewol, or courtship ritual, of the whole year. The guérewol is a much fascinating, that is for the western traveller, ritual where the men perform dances that can go on for days wearing elaborate make-up for women to courting a potential husband.



Stay safeEdit

It is not recommended to travel here.

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