Republic of the Niger is a landlocked country in West Africa. Niger is a former French colony which was granted independence in 1960. The land is mostly desert plains and dunes, with rolling savanna in the southeast with nothing much to see. Over 80% of its land area lies in the Sahara Desert. The capital and largest city is *Niamey.
Balleyara Market (map) — Two hours from Niamey, one of West Africa’s largest animal markets, plus a colourful array of other traditional market and artisan wares (Sundays).