Mauritania Local Customs

  • tent in Noudhibou
    tent in Noudhibou
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  • in Tidjika
    in Tidjika
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Mauritania Local Customs

  • Alcohol

    Before I arrived Mauritania, I was told that it was a Muslim country, no alcohol is allowed. People told me that I had to go to my embassy to claim a voucher. With this voucher I could buy a quota of alcoholised drinks for one month. I had to quickly carry the bottles to my house with a special authorisation. Then, I could never transport this...

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  • Nomad tents

    Mauritania is a country of nomads. In fact it's the only country in West Africa controlled by people who are traditionally nomads. The Moors, the dominant ethnic group, with their life-style give the country a special atmosphere.Everywhere in the country, along the road or in the middle of the desert, you can find Mauritanians, living in nomad...

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  • Local dress

    In the whole country from the south to the north the Mauritanian men wear the blue kaftans. Sometimes they are also white.On their heads they wrap the white, dark blue or black 14 M long veiled turban or tagelmoust, which protects them against the sun and dust.

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  • Khaima, traditional Mauritanian tent

    The khaima is the traditional Mauritanian tent. We saw many, when we travelled around in the country. But also at the campsites and auberges where we spent the night, you often will find these khaimas. It is possible to spend the night in a traditional khaima. We saw this possibility andyway in Tidjikja, Atar and Nouadhibou. During the day the...

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  • Interior roof

    When you are under a thatched roof in Mauritania, it's worth to look up. At the interior of the roof the Mauritanians put often very colourful cloth of different designs and colours behind the wooden poles of the construction.At the picture is the interior of the roof of the open air restaurant of our auberge in Tidjikja. Also the interior of the...

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  • First greet and speack about news

    Arabians are a friendly and honest people, they are very generous. But you have to approach they in the right way: they are talkative persons, first talk! Salam Aleikum. Yak la bas? Ishtari? (Peace with you. How are you? Which news?) In Arabian countries you can take pics of every one you want but... before you have to greet him, to speack about...

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  • Fishing in Mauritania

    The waters off the 754-kilometer-long coast of Mauritania are among the richest fishing grounds in the world. In 1986 estimates of the country's potential annual marine resources ranged between 400,000 and 700,000 tons. Mauritanian officials estimated the potential annual catch at 525,000 tons, a level close to that of Senegal, which had the...

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  • accept always the invitations...

    accept always the invitations ,they aren't so much used to tourists so the invitation are true ones with no interest only for the pleasure to have a foreigner at home having tea or lunch or sleeping.Try to learn some arabic words and this has a terrific good effect on them.

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  • Visit the market in...

    Visit the market in Nouanchott. Many craftsmen are working there, making and dyeing women’s colourful dresses (so different from what women wear in other Islamic countries).

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  • In Ouadane and Chinguetti...

    In Ouadane and Chinguetti visit the descendants of the founding fathers; they still own very old libraries and look after the conservation and restoration of ancient manuscripts. They are very proud of their origins and culture and they’ll be very pleased to show you what they own. In Ouadane we were showed around by the man who is in charge of...

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  • - Be open-minded. Time does...

    - Be open-minded. Time does not exist.- Program your trip but be ready to change plans often, because the sea is too high, because it´s raining too much, because there are sand storms, whatever.- Any time is good to drink a tea and have a rest (even if you haven´t done anything in the whole day), laying on the floor and tell stories or just be...

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