Niger is one of the hottest countries in the world, particularly in the north, where the intense heat often cause the rain the evaporate before it hits the ground. On the average, rainfall in the Air Massif is limited to 7 inches annually, and most of this comes during a single two month period. In the south, rainfall averages some 22 inches annually, varying from about 9 inches in Zinder to 30 inches at Niamey; the rainy season is from June through September, with most rain falling in July and August. From November to February the weather is dry and cooler. The temperature fluctuates from 29.4°C (85°F) during the dry season to 40.5°C (105°F) during the humid season.
Visas are required by all except nationals from Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy and UK. and most North & West African countries. Visa are usually issued for 1 month but are extendable in Niamey.
Official Currency: West African CFA=100 centimes
Current Exchange Rate: Today's Exchange Rate
Credit cards are accepted on a limited basis. Travellers cheques are exchangeable in bank and are acceptable by a few businesses.
A domestic flight service is available from Niamey to Agadez, Arlit, Zinder and Maradi.
The government runs bus service is fairly efficient and comfortable. but expensive. Most the most centres are connected. Bush taxis also cover all the major routes and are cheaper but slower, and more crowded. You can also hitch rides with private cars or lorries, but agree a price before setting out.
Hire cars are available on a limited basis but are expensive. Petrol stations are few and far between. Many lesser used tracks become impassable during the rains and often a 4 wheel drive vehicle is needed. Driving is on the right hand side and an International Driving Licence is required. If you are entering the country in your own vehicle you will need a Carnet de Passage.
1st January New Year's Day
1st May Worker's Day
3 August Independence Day
5 September Settler's Day
18th December Republic Day
25th December Christmas Day
Variable holidays Good Friday and Easter Monday, and various Islamic Holidays
Electric Power is 220V - 240V running at 50Hz.
The Plug type used in Niger is: "Type D & G (British)"