Although arid and hostile Niger is nonetheless known for its magnificent natural beauty. Tucked away in the magnificent Air Mountains in the north of the country find fine examples of Neolithic art. In the desert, dinosaurs are buried deep beneath the sand and medieval towns remain from the rich Saharan trade routes that ran through the country for hundreds of years.
Agadez and Zinder are two such towns. They boast beautiful adobe houses, ancient Mosques and busy markets that sell all manner of African artefacts.
Despite the ongoing unrest Niger boasts several national parks that house leopards, elephants, giraffes, hippos, baboons and lions. The mighty Niger River after which the country was named supports some of its finer eco-systems.