Travel from Benin to Niger through W National Park
Replies: 2 - Last Post: May 8, 2013 1:05 PM Last Post By: ErikvonSeebach
Mar 31, 2013 4:36 PM
Travel from Benin to Niger through W National ParkHi,
I'm going to spend some time in West Africa in May, and I'm considering travelling from Cotonou in Benin up to Kandi, and then visit the W National Park. It would then be convienient to fly back to Stockholm from Niamey in Niger. My question, then, is whether it is possible to cross the border into Niger through the W National Park, i.e. can I come from Kandi in Benin, and get to Niamey in Niger through the W National Park?
Apr 1, 2013 8:02 AM
Welcome to TT!
The web of the park has a contact area that you could use to try to get the info you are looking for.
May 8, 2013 1:00 PM
you will have to be fully self-sufficient since the facilities in the park are minimal; in the dry season you can get at Point Triple across the Mékrou river (by high-clearance vehicle) and drive onwards via the Mare Tamale all the way to La Tapoa, the Niger entry to the W Park. You will pass a Niger border patrol station at Le Pélérégou but they do not bother you. If you stay in the park no visa is required for Niger; if you continue beyond the park boundaries you need to have your paper work in good order.
I understand from my conversations with our guide that it takes 2 days to reach Niamey by river boat, which seem to travel up and down to Malanville on a regular, almost daily, basis to carry mainly freight and some extra passengers on top.
Since I always travelled in march, the park was very dry as well as the Mékrou riverbed; this meant that you can hardly see any animals in the Benin section but most of them near the Niger river, where there is a lovely but lonely camp spot near the W-meander.
I wish you good luck with your travel and refer to a short video I posted http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fwb5LhoMCaw . I do not know the condition in the rainy season and therefore cannot really comment on the feasibility to do your trip then.
Edited by: ErikvonSeebach
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