friendly face in Niger
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.