Nouadhibou Travel Guide

  • Cansado - La cité construite par la MIFERMA
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Nouadhibou Things to Do

  • Camels on the beach

    You can see many camels on the beach. (At least, since the beach in Mauritania only ends in Soudan, this is not a special news).

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  • Visit the old harbour

    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

    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...

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Nouadhibou Restaurants

  • Moroccan restaurant next door to Camping...

    The restaurant itself is nothing special -- it's run by a local guy and his French wife. But the food is OK -- the service is OK -- and the ambience is OK. What more do you need when you just want a reasonable meal?!?!? The lady herself was in camping Abba, touting for business, and talked us all into it.

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  • The Red Dragon

    The food is absolutely terrible!!!I entered this place with my wife and my 1yo boy. We were greeted by 3 nice Chinese girls and seated. It took us a long time to have a drink because nobody speaks another language than Mandarin. The girls liked my son, so they were playing with him.After a time, I did not see my son anylonger. I went to find him...

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  • Chinese restaurant

    I went to this restaurant because usually in chinese restaurants I can find good vegetarian food. I ate a very good plate of Tofu with white rice a huge salad.On the menu I could notice that maybe half of the plates are from fresh fish so you can also try some local dishes.I payed 1000UM.

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Nouadhibou Nightlife

  • City view by night 1

    Picture taken from the top roof of the Auberge Le Chingetti.A night walk to the "Ville" can be very interesting. Local shops, restaurants and underground businesses are always working. Take good care of your wallet and personal belongings.

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  • City view by night 2

    During the night the city looks even more dangerous for people that walk beside the road. Cars drive crazy. Many shops are open until 11pm.

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Nouadhibou Transportation

  • The train of SNIM

    The train carrying iron ore from Zouerate to Nouadhibou has been the longest in the world up to the 90'. It is one mile long, pulled by 5 diesel locomotives. It is possible to go to and fro Zouerate in a coach attached to the train. You can even travel first class. The travel lasts 13 hours in the desert. Be carefull, it is almost not possible to...

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  • Road

    Nouadhibou had been isolated from the rest of the country until Quarter 1 2005. Instead of one day, you only need 4 hours to go from Nouakchott to Nouadhibou. The road is in perfect conditions. Be sure to have enough diesel/petrol because there are 465 km without possibility of tanking. (This is the longest part of the road without filling station...

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  • Donkey

    lots of people use this poor animals to carry hundreds of kilograms under strong sun and for hours in a row. Although if you are very tired you can always jump to one of the carriages and people will smile at you. Go out whenever you feel like to. Ask waving your hand pointing to the him before you jump of course.

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Nouadhibou Shopping

  • Grand Marché

    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. This is a big place where people come to buy every type of things. From...

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  • Senegalese clothes

    If you want to buy some African clothes this is the right spot. go to Grand Marche and you'll see a very large number of stores where clothes are made right there and you can see people sewing it. clothes. the bluewdress you see on the pic was selling for 4000UM.

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  • Terrain for sale

    just a piece of land that is for sale in the "ville" district.this is what you have as sign. on the other side of the wall was some instructions in french... this one looks better to me.

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Nouadhibou Local Customs

  • Grand Marché

    you can get some saharawi handicraft, senegalese islam stuff, leather, incense, charcoal to put incense in, rings, necklaces and some other stuff made with plastic and that you're told they are ancient and mede with no longer existing rocks.Grand Marche is located in Mahfood area in the "ville".

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  • Senegalese people

    Intereact with this people and you'll take more advantage of the country it self. White moors are sometimes nice people but never cheerfull like people from Senegal. They will take you out to dinner with their friends go to parties etc.According to the 1988 census, Mauritania had 1,864,236 inhabitants. The 1997 estimated population was 2,449,130,...

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  • Tea

    Tea here in Mauritania is served 3 times. So prepare to drink 3 teas each time you drink one??! what? haThey take a while to prepare the tea. It is server with foam on top and for that they have to make a sequence of movments passing the tea from one cup to another. Its like cappucino. ;o)

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Nouadhibou Warnings and Dangers

  • Water

    All inside Africa you have to be very careful with water. Bottled water is always preferable. Although here in Nouadhibou, tap water is very drinkable and you have nothing more than a slightly intestines impression due only to water changes. only for 1 or 2 days to body get used to it. nothing else. The same you'll have when you get home and start...

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  • Rail tracks and mines

    This can be obviously dangerous for anyone. Although this area is also full with garbage and lost land mines. Land mines are located on the right side of the tracks north side of the city.

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Nouadhibou Tourist Traps

  • Car ensurance

    if you go with car, don't forget to pass in one of the existing offices in town to take care of your car ensurance. Police will stop you. Be sure that all around the city if full with police and that they will stop you asking for the ensurance papers.if you dont have you'll pay a big fine, so make sure you'll do it. For one month costs about 20...

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  • Money! No ATM machines

    There is no ATM’s. For cash and TC’s you get the best rates in Nouakchott. In Nouadhibou it is quite difficult to change travellers cheques; they try to get up to 15% commission, so you need to bargain a bit on that or change your TC’s in the capital. Except in a few serious exchange bureau’s (not the ones in the market!) in Nouakchott, bargaining...

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  • Telephone cards

    People on the street sell them. Maybe in a location of 500 metres you have 20 people selling them. Now always remeber they can be fake or already used. By phone cards in phone shops.

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Nouadhibou What to Pack

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    Luggage and bags: Strong big 90lt bag, i also carry a hand bag very useful for walking around.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: scarfs for wind and sand. some clothes for rain that might occur.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: alcohol for medical purposes. medical badages, stomach medicin

    Photo Equipment: protect your films with aluminium roll, bring your films from home.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: camping gaz very needed if you want to escape mauritania's food. mathces flash light.

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Nouadhibou Off The Beaten Path

  • Old German van

    Just before the police stop, 5km before Nouadhibou, you will see this car on the left side. One does not know how it has been placed so high. Behind the car, there is a small cavern.

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  • Cab Blanc

    Nouadhibou (formerly Port Etienne), is situated about 15 km north of Cap Blanc, the southern tip of the Presqu'île de Cap Blanc (Cap Blanc Peninsula). Presqu'île de Cap Blanc is extending about 45 km south. Cap Blanc shows as a white plateau, the end of which falls vertically to the sea. The cape is composed of friable rock, which is gradually...

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  • Old fish factory in Cansado

    Old fish factory in Cansado cape. I dont know either if it is Portuguese or Spanish construction. Either the way this is placed right in front of the ship cementery in Cansado district 7 km from the "ville".

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Nouadhibou Sports & Outdoors

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    by johnsakura Written Jan 14, 2004

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    you can watch or you can just enter. kids love when you ask permission to play along. they will tell you team elements and your set.

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Nouadhibou Favorites

  • They drive it!!

    I don't know whether I could see such an old truck in such a bad condition. I wonder what a paleontologist could say after a carbon 14 datation test. I saw that riding on the road.

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  • Trash Nouadhibou 2

    Not only vessels are resting in a cimeterry. I found in Nouadhibou the largest shoe trash!Like everywhere in Mauritania, people leave their trash everywhere.

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  • Trash Nouadhibou 1

    More than 400 vessels are left around the coast of Nouadhibou. They are the proof of useless NGO's and other international helps. Money was spent in nice new ships and given to people who could not sail. Millions of dollars are in these projects. Some ships have sailed less than one year. It gave the opportunity to foreign factory-ships to come...

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