Agadez Travel Guide

  • Rooftop view over Agadez
    Rooftop view over Agadez
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  • Agadez
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Agadez Things to Do

  • Hotels in Agadez

    Hotel Agreboun is the only budget option in town that hence attracts most backpackers, but besides the chance of meeting other travellers, it’s rather bad value.Most rooms only contain a bed, are not especially clean and the fans are rarely working at full speed. At night it gets exceptionally hot inside the mud brick rooms and it’s hard to choose...

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  • Visit the Tourist Office for its views

    The on the main road signposted tourist office in the Old Quarter is a private initiative. Its best quality is the rooftop with superb views over Agadez.I went their to inform about independent travel in the region, but the friendly young man, educated and all but not well informed about the region, couldn’t give me any advice other than offering...

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  • The Markets of Agadez

    Since Agadez has the region’s most important market it has quite a rich market visited by all kinds of people.The main market is a good place to buy tailor made desert outfits if you plan to travel in the desert. If you plan to visit remote villages, you may like to buy local tobacco, Tuareg tea or medicines here, which makes excellent gifts.Also...

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  • Residence of Heinrich Barth

    To be honest, I didn’t bother much the main attractions in town, but I did visit the former residence of Sahara explorer Heinrich Barth.The German Heinrich Barth travelled in the early1850’s from Tripoli to Lac Chad and was the first European to traverse the Air Mountains, Tuareg land, before arriving in Agadez. He resided here in October 1850.The...

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  • The Old Quarter

    The Old Quarter is a fascinating maze of small sandy alleys and certainly worth a visit.Some of the traditionally built century old mud brick houses have nicely decorated street facades, and you can sit down at one of the numerous small street stalls to enjoy tea and see the world (slowly) go by!It’s pretty easy to get lost in this area; all houses...

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  • The Old Mosque

    Perhaps the most striking, and certainly the most well-known structure in Niger is the 15th century clay mosque in Agadez.The remarkable minaret is 27m tall and spiked with wooden sticks, according to Sudanese tradition. The mosque has been an important centre of Islamic teachings for ages and is still in use. You may like to climb the minaret for...

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Agadez Transportation

  • The 450 km journey from Zinder to Agadez...

    The 450 km journey from Zinder to Agadez was not one to forget easily. Not that the road was too bad. On the contrary, it has improved a lot in recent years and is now tarred for 2/3 of the distance. But the car…Instead of planning a bit, I just went to the Agadez car park, waited there 24 hours and was lucky enough to have a front seat in an...

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  • The last leg to Agadez

    The car now was damaged severely. Together we pushed the car back towards the road, but the engine didn’t start anymore and our driver badly needed a spare part. Two hours later, just before dawn, a truck passed by. He stopped and towed our car back onto the road. It’s a good custom to help each other in case of trouble and also this truck driver...

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  • A minor accident

    It was all fine for about an hour. Then suddenly, near the Tiguidit escarpment, the road was blocked and partly washed away after the recent storms. The driver saw it only when we were about 30 meters away from it and without working brakes our only chance would be to turn off the road and just hope for the best. For a single second I thought I was...

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