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.more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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".more
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,...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
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...more
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.
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...more