Diori Hamani International Airport is the international airport serving Niamey, the capital and largest city of Niger. The airport lies on the southeastern suburbs of the city, along the major highway Route National 1. Within the airport is the major base for the Armed Forces of Niger's Armee d'Air.
The Republic of Niger is a country situated in Western Africa. A landlocked country, Niger is bordered by Algeria and Libya to the north, Chad to the east, Nigeria and Benin to the south, and Burkina Faso and Mali to the west. Niamey city, which the airport serves, is situated primarily on the east bank of the Niger River. The city serves as an administrative, cultural, and economic center.
What to see & do
Musée National du Niger - In Niger, you should not miss visiting the crown jewel of West Africa’s museum. With its numerous themed pavilions, visitors of the Musée National du Niger can view the city’s past and present cultural attributes. In particular, the Pablo Toucet pavilion showcases Niger’s different dress styles of ethnic groups. Meanwhile, in the Boubou Hana pavilion, you can have a glimpse of the jaw-dropping 100 million year old Super Croc impersonator, as well as the similarly aged dinosaur skeletons with comparably sized teeth in the Paleontology/Prehistory pavilion section.
W National Park - The W National Park is so-called as this major West African national park located around a meander in the Niger River that is shaped like the letter 'W'. The park is not exclusively in Niger; it also encompasses areas in Benin and Burkina Faso, hence is governed by the governments of the three countries. Niger's W National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Residents of the area include large mammals such as baboons, buffalo, caracal, elephants, cheetahs, hippopotamuses, lions, warthogs, and leopards.
Aïr and Ténéré National Nature Reserve - Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site is Aïr and Ténéré National Nature Reserve, which is also declared an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International. The reserve consists of two parts: the main reserve which covers an area of 64,56km2, and the Aïr and Ténéré Addax Sanctuary, which covers an area of 12,800km2. The site offers an outstanding variety of landscapes comprising of rugged mountains and sand seas.
Petit Marché - Right in the town center, you can visit the lively Petit Marché, a frenzied market and bazaar place. Here you can help yourself to a number of local goods, but be sure to watch out for your belongings, as vigilant pick pockets are on the loose.
How to get around within Niamey
Railway service is not available in Niger, and the primary means of local transportation is by utilizing taxi or bus service. The buses in Niger cover major routes, and are much safer than other means of public transport at night due to the presence of soldiers. There is little to no possibility of renting a car in Niger in the most convenient way; in most cases, travelers will have to make arrangement with companies that organize expeditions.
How to get there
Diori Hamani International Airport is served by Air Côte d'Ivoire, Air Algérie, Air Burkina, Air France, ASKY Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Sénégal Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and Westair Benin. There are air passenger services into the airport from Paris, Addis Ababa, Lagos, N'Djamena, Ouagadougou, Casablanca, Bamako, Dakar, Istanbul, Cotonou, Lomé, Abidjan, and Algiers.
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