Nouadhibou Things to Do

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    Visit the old harbour

    by Alpha_Ghana Written Feb 9, 2006

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    Not too far from the intense activity of the SNIM in the industrial harbour, there is a small harbour for local fishermen, still using traditional methods. Although Mauritanians were not used to fish some years ago, the intervention of some foreign aids and the presence of big fishing companies from abroad thought them the use of fishes.

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    Cap Blanc

    by Alpha_Ghana Written Feb 9, 2006

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    Go and visit Cap Blanc, the extreme South place of the peninsula.
    The Western part of the peninsula belongs to Western Sahara (or now Morocco after their Anshluss) and the Eastern part to Mauritania.
    At Cap Blanc, there is a tower guarded by the army. There is no real border line, but it is at some meters on the West of the tower.
    You have to descend the cliff with a rope or using the natural stair alongside the rocks.
    The beach is very beautiful, and as the names says, sand is purely white.
    Unfortunately, there is again a wreck on the beach that nobody could remove.
    You can see many seals swimming and fishing alongside the coast.

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    • Beaches
    • Fishing
    • Hiking and Walking

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    Beach

    by Alpha_Ghana Written Feb 8, 2006

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    The nicest beach is across the Centre de PĂȘche. You have to take a small boat to cross 200 m of the channel and you are on a long, flat, white sand beach, very clean and quiet.
    You have to take your umbrellas and drinks.

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    • Beaches
    • Water Sports

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    Visit the fishermen camp (camp des pêcheurs)

    by Alpha_Ghana Written Feb 8, 2006

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    Outside Nouahdibou, on the lagoon between the peninsula and the desert, there is a beach resort.
    Expatriates go there on weekend for rest and free fishing.
    The bar and restaurant are very simple but clean, room are not always very clean.

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    Senegalese fishermen

    by johnsakura Updated Jan 16, 2004

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    The grand majority of fishermen here in Mauritania come from Senegal. During Februrary and March a large quantity of people go down south to their country to pass the celebrations of Islam when they kill the goat. Another celebration also very popular in March is the visiting of a holy men somewhere in Senegal. Its believed to cure anything. This men offers cows to every family in town to produce enough milk and fresh food to the comming visitors.

    In the Port Artisanal if a police comes that say you're leaving. Don't make pics is not alowed. I got my film confiscated by police officers.

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    Longest train in the world 6

    by johnsakura Written Jan 16, 2004

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    Prices:
    my price info is from 2000. now the prices have gone a bit up. just to have in mind.

    the fare in the passanger wagon is UM650 Choum-NDB, and 800UM zouerat-NDB, or 1600 choum-NDB for a fold-down bunk.
    riding on the ore wagons is free and you'll discover why, as the dust works its way into your soul.

    if you take this last option, buy plastic bags to protect your stuff in case you have a wind storm in the deseert somewhere in kilometre 380 just imagine.
    get a sleeping bag and a scarf lilke turbant type and your set.

    you have some police stops on your way to choum.

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    Longest train in the world 5

    by johnsakura Written Jan 16, 2004

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    Motorists who are heading to Atar can load their car onto opene platforms, althogh this can take days: start waiting at the railway station opposite the douanes at 9am to stand the chance of getting it loaded onto the 6pm freight train.

    It transports iron ore from Zouerat to Nouadhibou and can be up to 2.5km long. There are lots of bucket wagons for the ore but just one passenger wagon.

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    Longest train in the world 3

    by johnsakura Written Jan 16, 2004

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    Three trains a day go from Zouerat to Nouadhibou, but only one with a passenger carriage passes Choum at about 5.30-6pm. the usual journey time for Choum to Nouadhibou is around 12 hours but expect more. 2 others may come through late at night, or early in the morning, but on these foot passengers have to huddle in the ore trucks.

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    Longest train in the world 2

    by johnsakura Written Jan 16, 2004

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    The train from Nouadhibou to Choum is the longest train in the world.

    The iron ore train carry thousands of tons of crusehed rock in a chain of wagons up to three kilometres long. Their schecules and frequencies depend partly on the speed of the extraction at the mines, and on unpredictable hold-ups-damaged rails, enginefailure and even in the past, attacks by Polisario guerillas from over the border in Western Sahara-and travellers should realize that ore is the priority, not passangers.

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    The world's longest train 1

    by johnsakura Updated Jan 16, 2004

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    There are 3 trains a day, but only the one at 14.30 takes passengers (maybe if you have to transport your car as well, you can take another train).

    It is 460km/12hrs from Nouadhibou to Choum and you can follow the distance on milestones along the track.

    Motorists who are heading to Atar can load their car onto opene platforms, althogh this can take days: start waiting at the railway station opposite the douanes at 9am to stand the chance of getting it loaded onto the 6pm freight train.

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    Grand Marche 2

    by johnsakura Updated Jan 15, 2004

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    As you can see on the picture, there is not much to buy in this market as a country memory thing. Mauritania is very poor in handicraft. Producing things in Mauritania is not high. And I though my country Portugal didn't produce things (which makes economy work slowly), now I think we are the kings of the world. ha! how about this one. At least we have some turism... ok continuing talking about Mauritania and Nouadhibou:

    This maket is full of old women trying to make their monthly earnings with you of course. So expect to be told 10000UM for a 500UM piece. Always go for a walk, chat with people and ask prices everywhere. Only with this you'll have a general idea of how much you do have to pay.

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    Galerié Mahfoud

    by johnsakura Written Jan 15, 2004

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    Just go outside the door you see on the pic and you are in Mahfood street markets. Maybe two blocks with street vendors where you can buy from fresh produce, meat, clothes, shoes, cooking stuff, goats and almost everything you cannot remember of course.

    These doors on the picture are inside the Grand Marche.

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    Grand Marche 1

    by johnsakura Written Jan 15, 2004

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    This is located in "ville" right in the area of the Mahfood street markets. Actually it took me a while to find out which was Mahfood from what was the Grand Market.
    This is a big place where people come to buy every type of things. From fish to clothes, from spices to hair products. Theres a very large quantity of white arabs clothes stylers inside. Some Senegalese clothes can also be found.

    On this pic you have the gate from the Friday's mosque side. door close during the night. In hidding places of the market the smell of *** is very strong.

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    Big mosque in Numero

    by johnsakura Written Jan 15, 2004

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    yes Numero, thats the name you have to say everytime you get a cab and wish to move there. The cab will cost you 30UM if you're comming from the ville. Outside the ville is more expensive.

    This is the big mosque again. Its my second photo from it here in Must see Activity tips. Like I said before, this mosque was built with money from the most well know terrorist organization. Along in this area there are a large number of mansions from rich people. You can also see if you walk a bit north in quartier 64 the houses of the boss of the guy in charge of the organizatoin in Nouadhibou. Maybe almost 10 houses, one for the young daughter, another for the son, one for the right arm etc... One of the houses has a monkey on the front Yard.

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    Camel herding farm

    by johnsakura Written Jan 14, 2004

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    On the bottom part of the airport. after Numerowat district. Ask permission to take some photos. Every morning a couple of camels are brutally killed in the area. I can't imagine that to be very pleasent to witness.
    Mauritanians eat a lot of camel meat, that's why this kind of herding is needed. Like we have cows, they have camels of course. It is very easy to find camel meat in Mauritania, and in a lot of places in the desert, camel meat with onions and couscous or rice will be about the only thing available, so if you're vegetarian like me, just bring your camping gaz stove with you and some rice and beans.

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