The Raume dance, where the Wodaabe imitate the movement of the revered white egret, is not to be missed.
You can’t help but appreciate the gender equality that the Wodaabe promote. Women share the same rights as men, and in the case of the Gerewol, women have the upper hand. Additionally, you may notice that some women have undergone scarification, something that indicates not torture, but a woman’s tribal affiliations, as well as her strength and valor.
To show what they’re made of, men take part in Soro, where the Wodaabe flash those electric smiles while other men attempt to knock them over with big sticks. Those that are left standing earn the admiration of the female judges, and possibly a mate.
See the sights
Visit the porcupine tower of the Grand Mosque in nearby Agadez, the capital city of Niger. Agadez is also known for its dinosaur excavations, so plan to spend some time checking out the excavation sites.
Mano Dayak International Airport (AYJ) in Agadez is the closest hub. Getting in and out of Niger is complicated, so traveling with a tour group or, at the very least, doing a thorough job of researching tourist visas and other necessary preparations is recommended.