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Getting to Agadez

Is anyone aware if there are difficulties getting to Agadez from Zinder due to the recent troubles around there?
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Agadez

Dont know about the Zinder route; but coming from Tahoua it is possible (sometimes you need to do the last few km into Agadez with army convoy). Going beyound Agadez (Air, Bilma, Ténéré) is impossible currently.
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In-Guezzam

Thanks for this. Do you know if its possible to go up to In-Guezzam and then onto Tam?
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You want to drive Agadez-Arlit-Assamaka I guess? It is tricky, and counteradvised, but that doesn't mean it is impossible. However, you will pass through problem areas (see the website Mouvement des Nigeriens pour la Justice). But nobody is sure, there is very little verifiable information. Except for the incident in Touara, there have been none since the start of Ramadan (12th September). I personally have canceled my plans to visit Tam because of the troubles. In and around Agadez 4WD have been stolen and hi-jacked in the past months. When do you intend to pass through? You will need up to date local advise, including from local guides. and I would wait a few more months...
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Please see the website I referred to. A new attack; on the Agadez Arlit road, and a warning for amongst others, the Zinder Agadez road.....
Maybe you try to contact me privately if you really want to get through anytime soon? Again, I wouldn't do it now.
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Arlit

Thanks for this. I'm leaving Cape Town on December 1st and hope to be in Niger mid January.
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Hello bvplaetse!

I'm busy putting together a route for Nov 2008 - Assamaka-Arlit-Agadez-Zinder...

(Dont worry, I'm not asking your opinion on the safety... even a month in advance is impossible in Africa!)

What I AM interested to see is that you are based in Niger.. .is this permanent or are you visiting??

It would be great to build up some contacts, since we will be two girls and some friendly faces along the way would be helpful!
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friendly face in Niger

Hi Impasto
sorry for the late reply. I have left Niger on 15th of January after an 18 months stay. So, we will not be there any more, have moved on to Lesotho. We had a "goodbye West Africa trip" over Christmas and New Year (Niamey-Timbuktu-Oualata- Tichit- Tidjiktja- Koumbi Saleh- Bamako-Djenne- Pays Dogon- Niamey).
If you get to Agadez end of this year, I can recommend Taguelmoust travels and hotel - There is a Dutch lady & travel writer who is managing the hotel - she will be helpful in pointing you in the right direction. She also has a blog - but cant find it now.
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