Key Country Facts
Nicknamed the “Frying Pan of the World” for being so hot that on some days raindrops will evaporate before they hit the ground.
Koure Giraffe Reserve in Koure, Grand Mosque in Agadez, Mount Gréboun
Top exports are radioactive chemicals, refined petroleum, uranium ore, thorium ore, oily seeds, and gold
Niger, also known as the Republic of Niger is named after the Niger river. About 19.9 million people live here (2015) and the capital is Niamey. Over ninety percent of the population is Sunni Islam. The official language is French. . The time zone is 5 hours ahead of EST.
A must-see day trip is the Koure Giraffe Reserve in Koure and explore the surrounding park area. The giraffes are free-roaming, so a park ranger can help with finding them when visiting. Also fascinating is the Grand Mosque in Agadez, an old mud-brick structure telling the tale of Niger’s history.
Travelers looking for a hike can visit Mount Gréboun, the highest point in Niger at just over 5,500 feet. Also interesting is that Niger is home to one of the world’s largest protected animal reserves at over 7.7 million hectares, or over 19 million acres!
Travelers should be aware to dress for warm weather and wear lots of sunscreen! Niger is one of the hottest countries in the world, and is nicknamed the “Frying Pan of the World” for being so hot that on some days raindrops will evaporate before they hit the ground.