Top Tourist Places to Visit in Ayourou, West Africa, Africa

Top Tourist Places to Visit in Ayourou, West Africa, Africa

Ayourou, also spelled Ayorou, is a town belonging to the Tillabéri Region in the western part of the West African country, Niger. It is situated near the Malian border, around 200 km northwest of Niamey, the capital of Niger. Ayourou is famous among visitors as the site of a large number of hippo population. Island tours and colorful traditional market with a wide selection of handicraft products are the other highlights of Ayourou. Ayourou is also famous for different bird population. The town of Ayourou is located on the River Niger and coordinates with 14.735° N latitude and 0.92° E longitude.


How to reach Ayourou?

There is no airport in Ayourou and the nearest airport to Ayourou is Diori Hamani International Airport in Niamey, located around 210 km southeast of the heart of the town of Ayourou. This airport covers many important African cities like Casablanca, Algiers, Abidjan, Addis Ababa, Ouagadougou and European cities like Istanbul and Paris. At the airport, taxis are generally available and for inexpensive airport travel, visitors can wait until the arrival of buses, served by the bus company Africa Assalaam.


Food and Shopping in Ayourou:

Everything is special in Ayourou, from its market to tourist attractions. The traditional market of Ayourou offers dozens of colorful products, including painted clay pots, plastic bracelets, and pillows. There is a bar and restaurant in Ayourou and apart from it, street food items are also special in Ayourou.


What to do in Ayourou?

  • Island tours
  • Traditional shopping
  • Walking


What to see in Ayourou?


Ayourou Market:

Ayourou is well known among visitors for its traditional market. What special handicraft items available in Ayourou that can be seen only in Ayourou not even in Niamey also. Vendors are very polite, offering great discount on the purchase of a more number of products.


Island and hippo tours:

The River Niger passes through Ayourou, where visitors can see a large number of the 3rd largest type of land mammal, Hippopotamus. The tour of Hippo and islands can be taken from hotel where tourists stay. One of the major boat operators is Ilou Anafiyou, who generally provides 3-hour motorized pirogue tour at a cost of 20000F.



Niamey is the capital city of Niger, located around 200 km away from Ayourou. Being the capital city, Niamey holds all types of facilities and attractions. Niamey owns a mix of modern and traditional tourist attractions such as the Niger National Museum and Zoo, Grande Mosque, Cathedral de Maorey, a cultural centre Centre Culturel Franco-Nigerien and the largest market of the country, Grande Marché. A day trip is not enough to explore Niamey. Buses are generally accessible to travel between Ayourou and Niamey and visitors can also consider a rental vehicle for comfortable travel.


List of other places of interest in and around Ayourou includes:

  • Centre Culturel Oumarou Ganda
  • Grande Marché
  • Cathedral de Maorey
  • The National Museum of Niger
  • Grande Mosquée in Niamey
  • Centre Culturel Franco-Nigerien
  • Palace of Sultan
  • Aïr Mountains
  • W National Park
  • Aïr and Ténéré National Nature Reserve
  • Mosque of Agadez


When to travel Ayourou?

The best time to visit Ayourou depends on visitors’ interest, though to enjoy different outdoor activities, during the months between January and March or from November to December is ideal.


Accommodation options in Ayourou:

It is difficult to find star rated hotels in Ayourou, but visitors can use camping or hotel with beautiful river views for accommodation purpose. Below is a listed hotel in Niamey (around 200 km from Ayourou):

  • Tenere Hotel
  • Hotel du Sahel
  • Hotel Univers
  • Hotel de la Tapoa
  • Hotel Terminus
  • Grand Hotel du Niger
  • Les Roniers
  • Hotel Gaweye
  • L’Ile Du Lamantin
  • Homeland Hotel
  • Oasis Hotel
  • Nikki Hotel
  • Royal Palace Hotel
  • Tabakady
  • Les Collines

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