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Mali

1.Points of Interests

Dogon Country, Djenne, Bamako, Timbuktu, Segou, Niger River

2.Climate

3 main seasons which vary according to latitude. Rainy season runs between June and October, diminishing further north.  The cooler season is from October to February, then is followed by extremely hot, dry weather from March until June

3.Transportation

Bamako-Senou International Airport (BKO) is the main airport in Mali. Airlines operating flights to Mali include Air France and Royal Air Maroc.

4.Currency

The West African CFA franc (XOF) is the currency of eight independent states in West Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo. Being part of the French Monetary Area and it is tied to the Euro. A cash economy where credit card (mainly Visa) is very little used locally

5.Travel Tips

• Check the latest security updates of Mali before you travel

• Adobe architecture – UNESCO World Heritage Site

Niger

1.Points of Interests

Agadez, Koure, Zinder, Parc Regional du W, Tenere Desert, Air Mountains

2.Climate

Summers are extremely hot. The dry season is from October to May. Heavy rains with high temperatures are common in July and August

3.Transportation

The main airport of Niger is Niamey Diori Hamani International Airport (NIM). Airlines flying to Niger include Air France, Ethiopian Airlines, Royal Air Maroc and Turkish Airlines.  

4.Currency

The West African CFA franc (XOF) is the currency of eight independent states in West Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo. Being part of the French Monetary Area and it is tied to the Euro. Niger has a cash-based society with no ATMs. Diners Club and MasterCard are accepted on a very limited basis

5.Travel Tips

• One of the world’s poorest nations, Niger might be a challenging destination to travel around

• Crime like thefts and robberies is common

Nigeria

1.Points of Interests

Lagos, Abeokuta, Oshogbo, Benin City, Calabar

2.Climate

The southern coast is hot and humid with a rainy season from March to November.  The Harmattan wind blows from the Sahara during the dry season. The rainy season in the northern regions is from July to September.  Nights can be cold in December and January

3.Transportation

Major airports locate in Nigeria are Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS), Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport (ABV), Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (KAN) and Port Harcourt International Airport. Airlines operating flights include Arik Air, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and United Airlines.  

4.Currency

Nigeria Naira (NGN) is the national currency of Nigeria. Credit cards are rarely accepted in the country

5.Travel Tips

• Frequent prevalence of credit card fraud

Togo

 

1.Points of Interests

Lome, Coco Beach, Lac Togo, Kpalime, Parc Sarakawa, Koutammakou

 

2.Climate

From December to January, the Harmattan wind blows from the north.  The rainy season lasts from April to July.  Short rains occur from October to November.  The driest and hottest months are February and March and are also the best months to visit.

 

3.Transportation

Lomé–Tokoin Airport (LFW), also known as Gnassingbé Eyadéma International Airport, is an airport in Lomé, the capital of Togo. The main airline running services to Togo is Air France from Paris. Other options include Brussels Airlines and Royal Air Maroc.

 

4.Currency

The West African CFA franc (XOF) is the currency of eight independent states in West Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo. Being part of the French Monetary Area and it is tied to the Euro.  American Express is widely accepted with more limited use of Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa.  Cash withdrawal against a Visa card is accepted at Bank.  The import and export of currency is restricted.

 

5.Travel Tips

• The Togolese are rather conservative especially about marriage

• The beaches along the coast are not safe for swimming because of strong currents

• Taxi-motors in the city may be convenient but they are dangerous