There are several markets in Niamey, but the Grande Marche is the most impressive. There are usually at least 5,000 vendors, both indoors, and in the open, where you can buy fruits, vegetables, clothing, fabric, crafts, and any kind of souvenir you could imagine.
National Museum of Niger
The National Museum of Niger is in the centre of Niamey, and painted bright white and blue (so you can't miss it!). The displays show many artefacts from the history and culture for all of Niger. There are many handmade crafts in the exhibits and there are also some for sale at the gift shop. There is also a small zoo area with local animals, which is unusual for a museum. It's considered to be one of the finest museums in West Africa and should not be missed while you are in Niamey.
Grand Mosque of Niamey
The Grand Mosque is open to the public and there is usually a guide there who can take you on a tour of the building, for a donation. The building is very large and quite spectacular with yellow accents and three deep green domes.
W National Park
Niamey’s closest national park is named after the “W” shape that it forms along the path of the Niger River. The park does extend into Benin and Burkina Faso, so you should be aware of the borders. The area is mainly dry brushland but there are also large portions of river delta as well. Overall, the park is home to buffalo, elephants, lions, warthogs, cheetahs, hippos and baboons (though not all live specifically within the Niger portion of the park). There are also several hundred bird species common throughout the park. The park is open to visitors and you can usually see the best range of wildlife during the hotter months when the animals cluster around the water holes. W National Park is about 100 kilometres south of Niamey and there are frequent tour buses that go there.