Food and Lodging

A continental breakfast will be served in the morning and a cold lunch at noontime. In the evening, expect outdoor camping tents and sleeping bags with a hot meal prepared with fresh, local ingredients by experienced cooks followed by Tuareg tea served fireside.


The climate in the Sahara is hot and dry during the day but it is important to note the range in temperatures from month to month and after sunset.

Temperature: Fahrenheit / Centigrade

NIAMEY 13 48 N, 2 16 E, 744 feet (227 meters) above sea level.

AVG 76/24 79/26 88/31 94/34 94/34 89/32 84/29 82/27 84/29 88/31 83/28 77/25
MAX 91/32 94/34 101/38 106/41 105/40 100/37 93/34 90/32 94/34 99/37 97/36 92/33
MIN 62/17 65/18 74/23 81/27 83/28 79/26 76/24 75/23 75/23 77/25 68/20 63/17
RAIN DAYS 0 0 0 0 1 4 6 7 4 0 0 0

What to pack

  • Sturdy backpack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Light-weight bedding
  • Light-weight, loose-fitting cotton clothing
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Long pants and/or skirts
  • Sturdy sandals and/or hiking shoes
  • Sunhat Sunblock (30 SPF)
  • Heavy sweater for cool evenings
  • Wind-breaker
  • Water bottle
  • Medicinal kit (aspirin, bandages, thermometer, antiacid, topical antibiotic, calamine lotion, etc)
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Camera, batteries and several rolls of film
  • Small gifts for friends met along the way (optional)
  • Sunglasses

Health Matters

All travelers to the region must visit a tropical medecine clinic well in advance of departure. It is particularly important to chose an appropriate anti-malarial prophylaxis in consultation with your doctor. Recommendations regarding vaccinations for Yellow Fever, Typhoid, Hepatitis and other possible illnesses vary. Please seek medical advice. Your International Immunization Card must be kept with other important travel documents.

Recommended Online Travel Information on Niger

General website addresses are given followed by keywords to facilitate navigation through informative sites with a range of topics from culture, geography, to practical travel advice.

Suggested Reading

Travel Guides

  • Lonely Planet West Africa Contributors: David Else, Alex Newton, Jeff Williams, Mary Fitzpatrick, Roddis. 4th edition. July, 1999.
  • The Rough Guide to West Africa By Jim Hudgens, Richard Trillo. January, 2000.
  • Lonely Planet Africa on a Shoestring 9th edition. February, 2001.
  • Lonely Planet Africa (Healthy Travel Guides) By Isabelle Young. February, 2000.
  • Sahara 2000 Paris: Guides Bleu Evasion, 1999.

Further reading on the culture, history and people of the region

  • Bourgeot, André. Les sociétés touarégues: nomadisme, identité, résistances. Paris: Karthala, 1995.
  • Claudot-Hawad, Hélène. Les Touaregs: Portrait en fragments Aix-en-Provence: Edisud, 1993.
  • Dayak, Mano. Touareg, latragédie. Paris: Lattes, 1992.
  • Dayak, Mano. Je suis né avec le sable dans les yeux. Paris: Fixot, 1996.
  • Decoudras, Pierre-Marie. Le Sahara du Niger. Paris: Pellican, 1994.
  • Grégoire, Emmanuel. Touaregs du Niger: le destin d'un mythe Paris: Karthala, 1999.
  • Hugon, Anne. Vers Tombouctou, l'Afrique des explorateurs II Paris: Gallimard, 1994.
  • Langewiesche, William. Sahara Unveiled: A Journey Across the Desert. New York: Pantheon Books, 1996.
  • Le Quellec, Jean-Loïc. Art rupestre et préhistoire du Sahara Paris: Payot, 1998.
  • Monod, Théodore. Méharées Paris: Editions Je sers, 1937.
  • Monod, Théodore. Les Déserts Paris: Horizons de France, 1973.
  • Rasmussen, Susan. Spirit Possession and Personhood among the Kel Ewey Tuareg. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,1995.
  • Rodd, Rennell. People of the Veil. London: Anthropological Publications, 1966.
  • Wellard, James. The Great Sahara New York: E. P. Dutton, 1964.