A Trip to Parc W (Niger)

May 2012

 
 


     
      


     

      
     





Parc W is one of the few places we are allowed to visit outside of Niamey. About 150km South of the capital of Niger, the park is located at the border with Burkina and Benin and takes its name from the twists of the River Niger.


A few of us drove there during the week-end and enjoyed a couple of days in the African wilderness. We did not see any elephants or lions (the highlights of the park), but had a great time nonetheless!


I enjoyed the ride to/from the park at least as much as the park itself... as you can see from the quantity of pictures taken in the villages on the road.



The road to the park



Friendly women posing for a picture



Inside the park, view of the river



The pirogue to Ile du Lamantin



The banks of the river, seen from the pirogue



No elephants or lions this week-end, but we could sight other wildlife

(antilopes, baboons, hippos, eagles, deer, buffaloes and lots of birds)



Arrival on the island



The French managed Ecolodge on the Ile du Lamantin

is a great place to spend a couple of days in the wilderness.

We only had a couple of delicious meals here, but are already planning to come back to stay!



In the village at the park’s entrance (where we are staying), we enjoy the

dancing performance of a welcome committee for the French Ambassador,

also visiting this week-end.



More wildlife










One of the most scenic spots in the park, the Site Archeologique (so called

because of the traces of previous human settlements that can be found in the area).









On Sunday morning I practiced some cross-country driving on a semi-forgotten

track our guide chose, in search for some lost elephants.

No luck with the elephants, which appeared to have all migrated to Burkina or Benin,

where it had rained more than here. But the ride was fun nonetheless!



These enormous trees are one of the most impressive features of this part of the park





Termite mounds are not small either



The bakery in Tapoa





Granaries along the road, heading back to Niamey


   

Whenever we stop to look at the landscape, kids appear from nowhere and come running to our car




Wells are the busiest spots, in this arid countryside



Nice to see that solar technology has arrived in these otherwise primitive villages
















The Sunday market, 20 km South of Niamey



One of the many charming rural mosques



A valuable, bright blue gate for a compound surrounded by metal mesh

and containing... a straw hut.



2km before Niamey’s checkpoint we experienced the last challenge of the week-end:

changing a tire on sandy ground, that gives way under the pressure of the car jack





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