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.
- You can now apply for Australian Visa through the Internet
"Country entry permit application has become facilitated and the procedure itself takes less time.
Starting from October 1 this year this new system allows to apply for visa online 24/7, including holidays.
Electronic system makes possible not to visit the consulate to apply for the entry permit and you no longer need to mail papers. Moreover, the authorized individuals for applying from the applicant are free to use this system to apply for a visa instead of the applicant.
You are able to verify your application status through the Internet and when you get the entry permit to Australia all the documents will be sent either to your e-mail address or by a registered letter on the mailing address specified in the application form. You will need to take the received document with you and be able to show it if needed. However, it is noted that the airline company will be aware whether you have got the Australian visa or not (airport staff have an access to the electronic data system, which will also include information about received entry permits) and therefore you may not show your visa at passport control and during the boarding. "
- The ticket price at Disneyland will depend on how big the queue is
"The Disney Company has reported that the way to define the ticket price will be changed soon: the price will depend upon the queue size.
The new pricing policy is to be implemented in order to screen the number of visitors. It is noted that most amusement park lovers visit Disneyland on weekends. Therefore, the ticket price on Saturday and Sunday will be much higher.
Besides this, the price for the annual membership will also mount up. So, now the amusement park annual pass will cost you about 920 euro. "