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NIGER, DAY 3

Flying a drone in Niger. A non eventful day today, I had been meaning to go and see the giraffes but since the visa problems I decided to leave it as I had to spend the money on new flights.

MY DRONE WAS NOW GETTING ATTACKED

I’ve always been keen on getting the drone up as I have been lugging it around all trip but I was never sure about doing it as security can be a bit strange and I wasn’t even sure if it was legal here.

DRONE

Anyway I was feeling lucky and I spoke to the front of desk manager who said I need to see the general manager. I’ve been in the managers office so many times that I no longer need to ask for permission and just walk in. I’m always greeted with a warm smile, no joke. He was happy for me to fly it so out I went along with a girl from reception who wanted to see. I must’ve got 5 minutes of flying before a load of big birds came from nowhere and started circle. As soon as one dived for it I thought enough was enough. They disappointed as soon as I had the thing landed.

Birds eye view of Niger River in Niger. Flying a drone in Niger
Cape Banga near Niger River in Niger. Flying a drone in Niger

CAPE BANGA

The receptionist had also mentioned Cape Banga, a recommendation by the Very Hungry Nomads. She gave me all sort of hints and then I eventually asked if she wished to join, you cannot go wrong with bringing a local. It’s Ramadan time and there are heaps of locals all playing in the Niger River, a good scene. Although a great setting the food was hit or miss. The chicken skewers (bruschetta) was great but the chips were terrible, you just have to remember where you are, the food is always going to be questionable.

David Simpson and locals bathing at Niger River in Niger. Flying a drone in Niger
Birds eye view of Cape Banga and Niger River in Niger. Flying a drone in Niger

NEGOTIATING WITH MORE TAXI DRIVERS

Had an enjoyable negotiating experience with the taxi driver on the way back. He had said the fare is normally 30,000 but because I was with a girl from the hotel I would pay 20,000. I knew what the normal fare should be and he was told in no uncertain terms that he would be getting 10,000 max. I was happy to pay 15000 had he not try to take the hand out of me. It doesn’t seem like a lot of money but its all about the principle and not to forget if I want to continue and travel as much as I do then you have to look after the money.

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Birds eye view of river bathing at Niger River in Niger. Flying a drone in Niger
Sunset at Niger River in Niger. Flying a drone in Niger

NEXT UP

Another run in with airport security. Click to read.

SAFE TRAVELS, DS x
133/229

This post is part of the West Africa Series, pt1, click to explore or for episode 1 click here.
To watch the video of my trip, head to my highlights on my Instagram.

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