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  • Visa for Mauritania (Nov. 2011)

    In Rabat, Morocco you can get a 30 day single entry visa in 1 day for about € 37.In Berlin a 90 day double entry visa in 10 working day's for € 61,50.

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  • Mauritanian Visa at Moroccan/Mauritanian...

    I just crossed the border on November 5th, 2010 from Morocco to Mauritania. It is not possible to get visa and they will not stamp your passport without one. I watched two Brits get rejected and met a guy in Rabat who had to come all the way back from the border.Rich (www.travelyourassoff.com)

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  • Guides

    Once again, it has to be stressed how important it is to have a good guide when needed, one who knows the terrain, especially here in Mauritania. We took this guide in Nouadhibou for the Banc d'Arguin and out again to Nouakchott over 2 days. The price was 70 euros for the 2 days, with him making his own way back to Nouadhibou. Very good French with...

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  • Kiffa, border formalities

    We bought the visa, we needed for Mauritania in the Mauritanian consulate in the Gambia. You have to pay for every week you intend to stay in the country.We entered Mauritania from Mali at the small village Ouid Yenjé, where we did our first formalities at the police-post and douane-office. In Kiffa we had to visit the douane-office and the...

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  • Ouguiya

    The local currency in Mauritania is Ouguiya (MRO).It is a stricly inconvertible currency, it means that it has no value outside the country and it is illegal to leave the country with notes. They have notes of 100 and 200 in almost hygienic paper (I lost many notes because I placed them in my pocket and they melted with heat and sweat), 500, 1000...

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  • Mauritania, 80% Sahara

    Mauritania or the so-called Islamic Republic of Mauritania, is with 80% almost totally a part of the Sahara. Only a strip along the Senegal River in the south isn't part of the desert.From Europe to Gambia we flew over Mauritania, It was not the first time for me to see those endless desert landscapes without any vegetation from the plane. But this...

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  • Alvise Ca' da Mosto Venetian explorer

    Alvise Ca' da Mosto born 1432, Venicedied July 18, 1488, VeniceCa' da Mosto also spelled Cadamosto Venetian explorer and trader who wrote one of the earliest known accounts of western Africa and Mauritania. Retained by Prince Henry the Navigator, he set sail on March 22, 1455, visited Madeira and the Canary Islands, and coasted along Africa past...

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  • The weddings of desert and sea

    In Mauritania you have the second most fishy sea in the world and you have the wonderful Sahara. You can tread the same sand of the ancient caravans, few things are changed around. The time here has stopped, like in the ruins of Cinguetti and Oudane. Islam here is tollerant, some people are mistic belonging to Sufism.

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  • Politics

    Maouya Ould Sidi Ahmed Taya became army chief of staff in 1980, and in 1981 he became prime minister. Taya lead a bloodless coup later that year. In 1992 he was elected president amidst protests of fraudulent election practices.Economic reforms provoked violent protests, and ethnic clashes between those of sub-Saharan descent and those of North...

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  • Mauritania Info

    Mauritania, formerly part of French West Africa, achieved full independence on 28 November 1960 (having become a self-governing member of the French Community two years earlier).Moktar Ould Daddah, leader of the Parti du regroupement mauritanien (PRM) and Prime Minister since June 1959 became Head of State at independence, and was elected President...

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  • It´s really difficult to...

    It´s really difficult to choose the best recommended site to visit in Mauritania. Probably the best places were:Nouakchott fishers arrivalChingetti,Wadan,Terjit, Banc de Argüin ,andDiawling N.P.Anyway (i did not arrive at this village) it is highly recommended to go to Oulata. 1.- Dunes around Chingetti (the Sahara you expect to find): 2.- Oasis...

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  • Go to the desert, which is not...

    Go to the desert, which is not difficult, it is everywhere. Then sit down, look and listen, and meet the people. In a few days, I was just able to touch the soul of this country, the purest place of human hospitality. Desert is full of people. You never cross a car or see a tent without stopping and having tea. I sat down alone in the dunes at 6...

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  • Eat with a Mauritanian family...

    Eat with a Mauritanian family and really enjoy not using silverware. If you manage to eat with a family you will of course be expected to stay for the three customary rounds of tea. The tea is exceptionally refreshing even during mid-day. My fondest memory of Mauritania was watching the sun descend into the vast desert, leaving a beautiful star...

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  • We hired a jeep and we had to...

    We hired a jeep and we had to bargain a lot for the price.Finally we got it.On the way back from our excursion he invited us to sleep at his place ,after having dinner and a tea.Hospitaliy is a must, even after a hard bargaining session..Don´t refuse it they'll get upset.His place was a jaima in the middle of nowhere ,We sat on cushions and talk...

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  • gather some information about...

    gather some information about the country since you are entering another world.Here are some data:Population: 2,667,859 (July 2000 est.)Infant mortality rate: 78.15 deaths/1,000 live births (2000 est.) Life expectancy at birth: total population: 50.76 years male: 48.7 years female: 52.87 years (2000 est.) Literacy: definition: age 15 and...

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  • Remember you are visiting an...

    Remember you are visiting an Islamic country:Islamic Republic of Mauritania - Al Jumhuriya al Islamiyah al Mauritaniyah

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  • Don't travel to Mauritania...

    Don't travel to Mauritania unless you have an adress to stay or you know somebody in the country. It's a beautiful country, but the culture is very different from any western country. If you speak french or arabic it will be easier to meet people. But most people are islamic and there is still a form of 'slavery'. I worked in Nouadiboe for 4...

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  • To start with, if you want to...

    To start with, if you want to locate a local travel agency for drivers and cars, you can try with this: NABHANI. For complete spanish information go to Mauritania .They are cool, and good proffesionals. If you want, take a look at my TRAVELOG E- Roll over the slope of a dune. It´s very funny. They use it as if it were a diving board in a swimming...

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  • Get someone to know who lives...

    Get someone to know who lives there, prefer a local BEFOREyou ever enter. Do not try an adventure.The only viable avenue is business. If you are able to establish a business relation, wait to get invited.Possible areas : Trade, travel; my business was in shipping.The country is extremely poor so do not expect lodging oreven food.This is only a...

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