Discover with Timothy Tye
Discover Niger with Timothy Tye

Start here
Canoe on the Niver River in NiameyCanoe on the Niver River in Niamey
photo sourcehttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Niger2.jpg
authorshipDominik Schwarz
photo licensing

Niger is a big landlocked nation in western Africa. Covering 1,267,000 sq km (489,678 sq mi), it is the biggest countryn in West Africa. 80% of the country is occupied by the Sahara desert. Despite its size, Niger is a sparsely populated country with a population of only 15 million people (2011 estimate). its capital and largest city is Niamey.

Niger is bordered by Algeria to the northwest, Libya to the north, Chad to the east, Nigeria and Benin to the south, Burkina Faso to the southwest, and Mali to the west. It observes the West African Time Zone, which is an hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+1) with no Daylight Saving Time. Its official currency is the CFA franc (XOF), which is used by seven other countries in West Africa. Traffic is driven on the right here. The phone IDD code is +227. The electricity is 220V/50Hz using European plug.

Boat on the Niver River in NiameyBoat on the Niver River in Niamey
photo sourcehttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Boubon1.jpg
authorshipDominik Schwarz
photo licensing

Niger is a poor country. In 2009, it had an estimated nominal GDP of $5.261 billion, equivalent to a per capita nominal GDP of just $370. Its per capita GDP at purchasing power parity stood at just $719. The country is predominantly rural and most of its population make a living from farming. The raising of livestock such as camels, goats, sheep and cattle accounts for 14% of its GDP.

Niger has the world's largest deposit of uranium, but the drop in world demand has affected the economy. It also has other natural resources including gold, oil and coal.

Dunes of Temet, NigerDunes of Temet, Niger
photo sourcehttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Temet1.jpg
authorshipJacques Taberlet
photo licensing

Human habitation of Niger goes back over ten thousand years. The Songhai Empire covered much of modern Niger in the 16th century. Various tribes such as the nomadic Tuareg people form loose confederation with shifting boundaries. European colonization of Niger came relatively late. Although there has been exploration carried out by Europeans in the 19th century, Niger only became a French colony in 1922. It then gained its independence in 1960.

After independence, Niger was governed by a single-party civilian regime for 14 years which ended with a military coup that installed military rule to the country. Since then the country has endured numerous coups, with the latest taking place in February 2010.

Niamey Grand Mosque, NigerNiamey Grand Mosque, Niger
photo sourcehttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Niamey_Mosque.jpg
authorshipdiasUndKompott
photo licensing

At the moment, the outlook for Niger appears bleak. There is widespread food shortages due to poor harvest in 2010, and this may prolong into the foreseeable future.

Planning your visit to Niger

Visitors are strongly urged to avoid traveling near the border with Mali, which is politically very volatile. Western tourists have been kidnapped, taken hostage and executed there.

Most visitors to Niger need a visa, which require a yellow fever vaccination certificate to obtain. You can catch flights to Niamey, Niger, from Paris and Casablanca.

Major Cities in Niger

  1. Niamey - capital
  2. Agadez
  3. Ayorou
  4. Diffa
  5. Dosso
  6. Maradi
  7. Tahoua
  8. Zinder

Places of Interest in Niger

  1. Agadez Mosque
  2. Balleyara Market
  3. Koure

Thank you for using my website!

Hello and thank you for reading this page. My name is . I wrote this page to compile what I discover, for my own knowledge, and also to share it with people who might find it useful. It is part of three inter-connected websites: Penang Travel Tips, TimothyTye.com and Timothy Property Mart.

I am a real estate agent, food blogger, amateur historian and travel author. This website is an encyclopedia as well as a business directory. As a real estate agent, I help people buy, sell, rent and let properties. If you have a property to sell or rent in Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Ipoh or Malacca, my team of realtors and I can help you. If you operate a restaurant, can write about your food and promote your restaurant. I can also help you engage other food bloggers to write about your food. And finally, if you are operating a business anywhere in Malaysia, you can add your shop to this website and be found by lots of customers. All you need to do is contact me with what you need.

contact Tim

You can do many things directly from this website. If you are visiting Penang, I can arrange for you a tour guide and/or driver to show you around. If you are traveling by bus anywhere in Malaysia or Singapore, you can book your bus ticket. If you seek accommodation, you can get hotel room rates.

As a Christian, I hope that through this website, I am able to deliver God's message to all who need it, anywhere in the world. If you are open to hearing it, please read God's Good News to You.

If you wish to contact me, please use this contact form. And don't forget to follow me on Facebook. See you!

 My Latest Updates

Copyright © 2003-2019 Timothy Tye. All Rights Reserved.