Ayorou is a river-side town three hours from Niamey with a colorful, laid-back Sunday market. It makes either a great day trip or overnight from Niamey.
Ayorou is 206 kilometers (3 hours) north of Niamey on the route past Tillaberi. The bus company Africa Assalaam, just off of Rond Point Yantala on the Tillaberi road, runs shuttles up there from Niamey.
See and Do
Eat and Drink
Street food is your best option. There is also one bar/restaurant in town. Or, guys at the hotel may be able to arrange a dinner. The bar/restaurant has Biere Niger (which is good), Flag beer, Cokes, etc. On the street you can find people selling local sugary drinks, tasty but at your own risk as far as water quality is concerned.
There is one hotel in town, and it is decent, with beautiful river views and shaded areas to have a coke and relax. The hotel has rooms for 10000F and up (but if you pay extra for a fan or A/C remember that power generally gets cut at midnight) or you can camp for 3000F. Camping includes nothing – no tent, mattress, water, or luggage storage. For a different tack, it looks like there is a nice French-run campement on a private island downriver.
No internet in town as of 2008. Good phone reception.