Niamey Journals

A Trip to Another World

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An October 2000 trip to Niamey by kiminhalifax

Giraffe Sightings Photo, Niamey, Niger More Photos
Quote: markets, harmattan, lost luggage, camels, sheep, giraffes, and lots of smells

A Trip to Another World

Overview

Kennedy Bridge Photo, Niamey, Niger
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Best things to do: Visit the last wild herd of giraffes in West Africa. Memorable moments: Rip off Row near the Petit Marche

Quick Tips:

Suggestions: Don't go if you have a weak stomach

Best Way To Get Around:

Hotel Gaweye

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Hotel

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This is supposedly the best place in town -- I just wouldn't want to see #2. Don't get me wrong, it's nice enough for a 3rd world country, but don't charge me 1st world rates ($100US/night)!!The king sized bed was really 2 twin beds squished together - the beds weren't even the same height - the bedspread had cigarette burns in it, and they didn't change the sheets the entire week.The cleaning staff must have had a lot of time on their hands because they certainly didn't clean - no dusting, no sheet changes, wet towels were taken away but not replaced, crumbs were not vacuumed up off the floor, room service dishes were not taken out of the room, the washroom (toilet,...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 28, 2000

Hotel Gaweye
At the river, near the Kennedy Bridge
Niamey, Niger

Le Koudou

Restaurant

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A wonderful open-air restaurant, protected from the noise of the street by walls, but open to the elements without a ceiling. The evening breeze keeps you cool. Tasty local cuisine - brochettes, rice, sauce, yummy french fries, Biere Niger!! Homemade ice creams & sorbets for dessert. Service was quicker than in many other restaurants we visited - This is run by a French-speaking Indonesian Chinese man who has lived all over the world.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 29, 2000

Le Koudou
Rond-Pont Monteil
Niamey, Niger

Le Douna

Restaurant

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PIZZA!! and good pizza at that -- the crust is a pita and you choose from about 10 house specialty pizzas or make your own. Cooked in a wood-fired oven.

Don't remember dessert selections!!

We arrived at 8pm and were the only ones there for our entire visit.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 29, 2000

Le Douna

Niamey, Niger

Petit Marche

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Attraction

Petit Marche Photo, Niamey, Niger
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This place is wild!! I went here looking for clothes as my baggage was delayed. The smells and sights are overwhelming (especially near lunchtime - very stinky carcasses of animals in the heat), but there are bargains to be had. I got a boubou (skirt, shirt, and head wrap - traditional) for about $14US (10,000cfa) which is a deal by any measure. If you are not African, be prepared for the ever-present 'Un Cadeau??' children looking for handouts (gifts). If you stop to look at a stall, you will likely not be able to leave without a purchase of some sort - unless you're willing to push the stallkeeper out of your way. There are also stalls that sell fabric. I got about 12metres for ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 29, 2000

Petit Marche
Downtown Niamey
Niamey, Niger

Giraffe Sightings

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Attraction | "Giraffes!!!!"

Giraffe Sightings Photo, Niamey, Niger
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We drove on partly paved, partly dirt road for 45 minutes. You know you are coming close to the giraffe location because people try to flag you down. Don't stop!! There are road tolls to leave Niamey and get back in -- there are fees for enter the giraffe area, to hire a guide (mandatory), and to use a camera in the park -- and don't forget to tip your guide!! The best times to see the giraffes are early in the morning, or just before sunset (we were told) - we arrived close to 4:30pm, hired a guide, and started driving through the fields. Every once in a while, the guide would say something in Hausa to our driver, who would stop and allow the guide to climb a tree or tower to try t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 29, 2000

Giraffe Sightings
Niamey
Niamey, Niger

Musee Nationale du Niger

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Attraction

Musee Nationale du Niger Photo, Niamey, Niger
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This is not a museum in the traditional sense of the word - the artwork is being made by artisans while you watch & is available for purchase - there aren't pretty paintings on the walls (most of the museum is outdoors) - and you are bothered continuously to purchase a picture frame or bracelet while on your tour. This is a living museum - people actually live in houses (grass huts) on the museum property - and you watch them live!! There is the housing area - various types of housing including grass huts, mud houses The artisan village - everything from brass camels to wooden masks to wedding rings can be purchased in the artisan village - and you can watch ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 15, 2000

Musee Nationale du Niger
Close to the River
Niamey, Niger

Visiting Niger Part 1

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Story/Tip

The Dunes Photo, Niamey, Niger
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Sunday, October 8, 2000 Kim’s Birthday!! Oh, boy, I get to spend it on airplanes taking me away from home. We fly to Montreal, and connect to Paris, France. Uneventful flight – meals are OK, movies are OK. Monday, October 9, 2000 Arrive in Paris – for 3 hours!! We do not leave the airport. We grab a quick snack/breakfast at a café in the terminal (oooh, good French pastries!), browse through the duty-free and wait in a non-smoking area where people are smoking!! We then fly off to Niamey, Niger, West Africa. We shuffle into our seats and watch the other passengers go by – many colorful costumes, odd hand baggage – we expect to see a goat boarding and taking a seat...Read More

Visiting Niger Part 2

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Story/Tip

Peanut Vendors Photo, Niamey, Niger
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Thursday, October 12, 2000 This morning our first stop is at the Grande Mosque – this is a huge building that can be seen from several blocks away – basically it is in three sections – the men’s area, the women’s area, and the in between area where people meet before and after the "services." After the mosque, it’s time to head out to the giraffes – the last herd of this particular breed of giraffe in the world – they roam free in a field that covers about 50km2. We drove on partly paved, partly dirt road for 45 minutes. You know you are coming close to the giraffe location because people try to flag you down. Don't stop!! There are road tolls to leave Niamey and get back in -- there a...Read More

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kiminhalifax

kiminhalifax
Moncton, New Brunswick