Niger: Niger River Panorama

Best views in Niamey are to be had for a huge terrace restaurant of the Grand Hotel de Niger – it sits on a high cliff above a stunning panoramic of the Niger River flowing below and facing west into the sunset. Gentle light and slightly clearer in the morning, but the afternoon sunset in equally spectacular as the sun sets into the thick haze of sand dust. A bottle of ice-cold crispy Niger beer goes well with all this, even accentuating the sunset colors a bit. Interestingly, while the temps get into mid 40s Celsius during the day in Niger, they drop quite dramatically into teens at night.