Most people associate Niger with poverty and drought. This first English-language guide looks beyond the negative to the countless good things the country has to offer. It reveals a land of ochre plains peppered with precious green zones and flourishing wetlands, a land where the rocky massifs of the Ar Mountains meet the undulating sand dunes of the Tnr, a land of striking beauty and welcoming people.Hire a pirogue and go in search of hippo on the River Niger, join a salt caravan and cross the desert, or explore picturesque villages and bustling towns. With this guidebook, you can ditch your preconceptions and discover the real Niger with confidence.*”W” National Park and natural history*Desert trips and river cruises*Fascinating archaeology and architecture*Colorful festivals and culture*Where to stay, what to see, and how to get there
Dutch-born Jolijn Geels has frequently traveled to Africa as a backpacker, tour leader, and travel writer. After months of research for this guide she has decided to go back and live in Niger to work with the people. She previously contributed to Madagascar and updated Mali: The Bradt Travel Guide.
This first English-language guide to the Saharan country of Niger spans the densely populated regions of the south–a colorful melting pot of cultures–and the hostile desert landscape of the north–featuring some of the most stunning sand dunes in Africa. Transport options for travelers are a particular feature of the guide–including long-distance connections to neighboring countries, river trips on the River Niger and camel trekking in the Massif de Ar and Tnr desert regions, home to the nomadic Tuareg people. As more independent travelers are finding their way to Niger, this guide will focus on both ends of the market: the upmarket traveler looking for background information and the budget traveler with a need to know all the practicalities.
>Full range of travel and accommodation options
>Present-day peoples and ethnic groups, including the Hausa, the Peul, and the Tuareg, including vocabulary and phrases
>Niger culture and religion
>Wildlife and ecosystems
Niger: The Bradt Travel Guide
Mali: The Bradt Travel Guide
“A well-structured, practical and informative guide.”
Mali is one of the most exciting destinations in West Africa. At its heart is the River Niger which winds through vast areas of the Sahelian landscape, linking the fabled city of Timbuktu with the capital, Bamako. Travelers can explore Dogon cliff villages, the famous mosque at Djenn and much more in a country enlivened by colorful markets and arguably the best music in Africa. Ross Velton looks at every aspect of travel in this seldom-visited country, enabling the visitor to get right to the heart of a land whose people are some of the most amicable in Africa.
This guide features:
Planning and preparation, including health and safety
Where to stay and eat, complete with a guide to Malian food
Ancient civilizations and culture, including the Tuareg and Dogon people
A comprehensive guide to Malian music
Practical information, including accommodations, transport, and maps to aid non-eccentric journeys