LOCATED IN West Africa, the Niger River stretches 2,610 mi (4,200 km) in length, making it the thirdlongest river in Africa, after the NILE and the CONGO.
It is ranked 14th among the longest rivers in the world.
The drainage basin of the river encompasses 807,000 square mi (2,090,000 square km).
The Niger River runs in a long crescent from GUINEA to MALI, right up to the edge of the SAHARA DESERT, before heading south to the Gulf of Guinea.
The unusual course of the river mystified Europeans for many years.
The Europeans thought that the section of the river near Timbuktu was part of the Nile River.
By the early 17th century, Europeans thought that the river flowed west and joined the Senegal River.
Finally, in 1795, Mungo Park became the first European to describe the upper river.
While local people knew the actual course of the Niger, Westerners knew about it only through a series of explorations late in the 19th century.
The source of the river rises in the Fouta Djallon Highlands at a point near the border between Guinea and SIERRA LEONE, 150 mi (241 km) from the Atlantic coast.
The main source of the Niger River is called the Tembi River.
Away from the source but within Guinea, several tributaries join and replenish the Niger.
From then on, the Niger traverses the interior plateau in a northeast direction toward the Malian border.
As the Niger crosses the border between Guinea and MALI, other rivers such as the Fie join the main channel of water near Kangare, Mali.
Thereafter, the Niger flows northeasterly until it reaches the interior delta in Mali.
In the interior the Niger is joined by the Bani River, often regarded as among the important tributaries of the Niger.
The Bani River is 696 mi (1,120 km) long and has its source in COTE D'IVOIRE and BURKINA FASO.
The Niger is precious to life in Mali.
It provides fish, drinking water, and water for farming.
It also represents a major means of transportation in Mali, particularly in some of the remote areas in the country.
From this interior delta, the river flows in a northeast direction before turning to the southeast to form the great bend.
From this point on the Niger slowly meanders in the arid areas in proximity of Gao (a great center of trade and education during the Mali and Songhai ancient civilizations) and enters the country of NIGER.
While flowing through the country, Niger River is joined by several tributaries such as the Faroul, Dargol, Sirba, Garoubi, and Tapoa.
The Niger River then continues and forms the boundary between the Republic of Niger and BENIN.
This part of the Niger receives the Mekrou, a tributary from Benin.
Thereafter, the river enters the Federal Republic of NIGERIA, where the Benue River joins to create an important confluence of the two rivers at Lokoja in Nigeria.
From the confluence with the Benue, the Niger heads southward and discharges through a massive delta into the Gulf of Guinea or the ATLANTIC OCEAN.
- Tourists from Germany and Poland have stolen a gondola
"Two tourists from Germany and Poland “have borrowed” a gondola while its owner was absent and started their romantic cruise along the Venetian canals. They didn’t manage to go far away as the police arrested them. And now the tourists are facing a sentence: they have already been charged for stealing and creating a hazardous situation on the traffic artery of the city.
The angry owner of the gondola adds more fuel to the fire. Despite the fact that his vessel is undamaged he is on the point of applying to court for compensation for moral damage. He actually may be understood as the price for the cheapest gondola equals to the price for the premium class car. "
- Allergic individuals would better avoid Czech restaurants
"The press reports that the majority of Czech restaurants do not point out the food ingredients that cause allergic reactions.
Nearly a third of cafes and restaurants “forget” to warn their clients or indicate allergic products in a wrong way. Mostly they do not specify the content of some types of crops, nuts and milk proteins. After the examination tested it turned out that 42 public places out of 114 violated the rules and didn’t provide full information about the dishes served.
The tourists, who suffer from allergies and who wishes to go to the Czech Republic it is recommended to stay on pins and needles and always carry some antihistaminic drugs in the pockets. "