Niger is a land-locked country in west Africa covering 1,250,000 sq. kms. The land occupies the southern fringe of the Sahara Desert and sand or thin soil covers much of the west, north and central Niger. The south west and south east are more fertile where most of the population lives. Northern Niger is virtually uninhabited except for a few scattered oases. Two thirds of the country is desert and Niger is one of the hottest countries in the world.

The climate falls into three zones. In the south the wet season is from June to October with temperatures around 18°C rising to 41°C February to May. Rainfall decreases further north with the northernmost areas almost completely rainless.

Pre-travel Preparation Will Help Protect Your Health While You Are Away

With a hot and dry desert climate, Niger can place well-meaning travellers at risk of exposure to disease and illness. Yellow Fever is a risk and proof of vaccination may be required on entry and return to Australia. Consult a travel doctor prior to departure to assess your risks in relation to your medical history and travel plans as some diseases like meningitis have a peak season when the disease is more prevalent in parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

Insect Avoidance

There are a number of viruses and illnesses that are contracted through insects such as fleas, ticks and flies. Mosquitoes however are the biggest culprit of spreading insect borne diseases. Ensure you a prepared and read up on our insect avoidance tips.

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Safe Eating and Drinking Practices

One of the great pleasures of travel is sampling the local cuisine. However, contaminated food and beverages are a common cause of traveller’s diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal illnesses. Safe eating and drinking practices are essential in minimising your risk of contracting traveller’s diarrhoea.

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Warm Climates

Travellers invariably overindulge in ‘sunlust’ activities while traveling in warm climates. It is important to make sure you apply sunscreen regularly and stay hydrated as dehydration and heat stroke often go unrecognised.

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