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The Republic of Niger (French: République du Niger) is a landlocked country in western African. The country, which gets its name from the Niger river, (although more than three quarters of its territory is covered by the Sahara desert), shares land borders with Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Libya, Mali, and Nigeria.

As of 2009, the population of Niger was estimated as being 15,306,252. The country's capital and largest city is Niamey, which had a population of 774,235 in the 2006 census.

Niger Country Details


Country Name Niger
Political Status Country
Geographic Location West Africa
Principal Language French
Capital Naimey


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Niger: The Bradt Travel Guide
By Jolijn Geels

Brand: Bradt Travel Guides
Paperback (280 pages)

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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 Aïr and Ténéré 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.

Features include:
>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
Travels in the Interior of Africa
By Mungo Park

Dover Publications
Released: 2010-12-17
Paperback (320 pages)

Travels in the Interior of Africa
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In 1795, a young Scottish physician set out to explore the course of the Niger River. The detailed notes from his arduous two-year adventure in West Africa provided Europeans with their first reliable account of the region. Two centuries later, this early classic of travel literature offers a singular array of geographic and anthropological observations of Africa before colonial influence.
Unlike the leaders of latter-day expeditions, Mungo Park often traveled alone, trusting locals to supply food, shelter, and directions. His firsthand observations of gold mining, the slave trade, war, and politics, along with his experiences of everyday life, offer unparalleled views of eighteenth-century Africa. National Geographic placed Park's Travels at #25 on its 100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time. T. Coraghessan Boyle pronounced it "an adventure story to cap them all," and the book's acclaim and influence extends through generations of authors, including Wordsworth, Melville, Conrad, and Hemingway.
Genii of the River Niger
By Jean-Marie Gibbal

Jean Marie Gibbal Beth G Raps
Released: 1994-02-08
Paperback (232 pages)

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The river Niger, a source of life and danger for the people in impoverished eastern Mali, is also the origin of elaborate mythology. From his travels through Mali and down the Niger in a dugout canoe, Jean-Marie Gibbal has created a personal documentary of the cultures of the region. The result is at once an ethnography of cultures in crisis and a poetic evocation of the environment and people he encountered.

Gibbal portrays the river as the dominant, cohesive force among people in the face of social and environmental strife. He focuses on the Ghimbala healing cult, which centers on the river, and how the cult structures social relations in the region. Gibbal vividly recreations the Ghimbala rites, nocturnal ceremonies of spirit possession and seance which animate the water spirits, or genii, that inhabit the river. The genii, he finds, provide the strength of social identity in a world where famine and competing versions of Islam threaten to overpower traditional culture.

In its original French publication, The Genii of the River Niger was honored with an Alexandra David-Neel literary prize in 1989. Its powerful lyricism, combined with fascinating ethnographic depth, will delight general readers and specialists alike and will stir debates among specialists in African studies, the anthropology of religion, and literature.
Travels into the Interior of Africa
By Mungo Park

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Paperback (384 pages)

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A combination of two journeys, Scotsman Mungo Park's story of his first trip in 1795 as a 24-year old, and again in 1805, provided Europeans with their first reliable description of the interior of the continent. The first trip was full of an endearing vulnerability and the heroic generosity of a fit young man, while the second was one of Conradian tragedy, murder, and mayhem. Despite starvation, imprisonment, and frequent illness, he managed to keep a record. Though he failed in the object of his mission-to chart the course of the Niger River-he did succeed in exploring West Africa and opening in trade routes. His first-hand experiences of tribal justice, gold mining, and the slave trade are recorded, as well as his own understated heroism, a story of courage, open-hearted friendship, and betrayal. His vivid record of his travels brought a new image of Africa to the European public, though the continent claimed him for itself in death. Travels is still considered the most readable of all the classics of African exploration.
City Maps Niamey Niger
By James McFee

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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City Maps Niamey Niger is an easy to use small pocket book filled with all you need for your stay in the big city. Attractions, pubs, bars, restaurants, museums, convenience stores, clothing stores, shopping centers, marketplaces, police, emergency facilities are only some of the places you will find in this map. This collection of maps is up to date with the latest developments of the city as of 2017. We hope you let this map be part of yet another fun Niamey adventure :)

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