Nouakchott Travel Guide

  • Kids at school in Nouadhibou
    Kids at school in Nouadhibou
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  • Inside a Mauritanian house
    Inside a Mauritanian house
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  • Fishermen boats at beach
    Fishermen boats at beach
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Nouakchott Things to Do

  • Port de Peche, Fishmarket

    Go to the Port de Peche, the fishingboats come back in the afternoon. A few hundred meter north is a beach hotel (Hotel Sabah, bungalow 25000) with restaurant (sandwich UM 700, fish UM 3000).Take a shared taxi from the city center, UM 250.

  • Plage de Pêcheurs

    Fishermen's beach. Also a great experience here in town. Everyday about 5pm you can enjoy fishermen comming from the sea. Unique thing indeed.

  • Local people

    People are very friendly and a must here in La Capitale. This is Mamadu and his friend. They work as park security men in the biggest hotel in town.

  • Grand Marché

    This is located in Avenue Adb El Nasser. This could be the better place to buy local things. No pictures inside alowed. I actually think I was lucky to make this one.

  • La Capitale

    This is the name used to speck about the town centre here in Nouakchott. If you which to go somewhere in the centre just ask directions for La Capitale.Inside Nouakchott, the city centre is active and with entertaining market activities going on, mainly in the early hours of the day.

  • Various mosques in the city

    This is a great scenario in the city. Enjoy the beautiful contructions of mosques as they exist in large quatities. This is located near the big Avenue Adb El Nasser.


Nouakchott Hotels

  • Monotel Hotel

    I ended up here by accident. Actually I was very ill and had missed my airplane. The Hotel Tfeila ...

  • Hotel Emira

    Avenue de Nouadhibou 2e carrefour, BP 3176, Nouakchott, BP 3176, Mauritania

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel Ikrama

    Cite de la Concorde (sebkha), Nouakchott, Mauritania

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Couples

Nouakchott Restaurants


    This very good restaurant does what it says on the sign outside: “Poisson, Poulet, Viande”. Ok, if you read French, it says ‘Fish, Chicken, Meat’. This pleasant restaurant is located inside the Maison d'hôtes la Bienvenue and is located inside with the guest library. You can also ask to dine outside in their wonderful garden amongst the lemon and...

  • Great Lebanese Food

    Best hummus I've ever had. Great shish kabobs. Ice creme looked good but I never had room. From our hotel (the Mouna) go to the main intersection with the stop;ight and make a right and it's about a mile down on the right. parking in front. Plain decor but the place is clean and the service is good. Ate there multiple times in our month in...

  • Restaurant 64

    The owner is a French from the Department 64, Pyrenees / Pays Basque.However, there are no specialities from this region.In Nouakchott, you do what you can with what is possible on the market.The place is OK, close to the stadium, and it is open seven days a week. The decoration is half local, half souvenirs of Pays Basque Assiette de la Mer: some...


Nouakchott Transportation

  • From Nouakchott to Senegal

    Take a shared taxi from Garage Rosso about 7 km south of the city center, to Rosso, it will stop about 500 meter from the ferry to Senegal, UM 2500 and about 3 hours. Harbor fee is UM 40, the car ferry is free for foot passengers.Buses to Nouadhibou are UM 4000 to 4500, and there are also buses to Mali.If you go with your own car, try to avoid this...

  • My driver is my best friend

    It's not very fancy to take a driver when in Afria. And your driver will save you a lot of trouble and time by keeping you safe as well as taking you wherever you fancy.My driver, Abdullaye SY is a tall man who knows everyone, everywhere and will take care of you as if you were his child. Unbelievably helpful. Whether you're there for business (oh...

  • My transportation tips, especially to...

    In Nouakchott, unless you know exactly where you are going, and how to get there, don’t take a taxi (drivers scarcely speak French, and usually don’t know the place you want to go to, and most of all, there are no real address here, everything is “near” something, or on the road to somewhere... that’s how you give directions!The best driver...


Nouakchott Shopping

  • Rue Bakar Ahmed

    lots of street shops in this area. you can get everything, from cell phones to clothes, shoes, food whatever...

  • Shoe seller on the beach

    This boy is from Guine-Bissau and he was living in mauritania just for a couple of months. he's selling shoes on the port of nouakchott. shoes dont know sorry

  • Grand Marché

    suqq type of market. always with sound of Qur'an on loud speakers, this is a great experience. dont alowed to make photos and police will take your film out of the camera if can also buy craftf from senegal.remeber that the turbants people will say they are from the desert and very ancient maybe from their grandfather is actually made in...


Nouakchott Local Customs

  • Water to fishermen

    fishermen in the port have the problem of not having potable water in the sea. this is the place where they come and pick this recipients with water for their days journeys at the sea.there's someone working here to refill the recipients ready to use for the rushing fishermen.

  • Washing tea cups on the street

    city centre of Nouakchott. A man is cleaning his utensils of making mauritanian tea. very goo tea by the way. its good to know they wash the cups...

  • nouakchott mauritania

    For a big city in mauritanian standards, nouakchott is very small capital city. people tend to relax for having nothing to do, just for simple pleasure or lack of job opportunity.


Nouakchott Warnings and Dangers

  • Bathing at the beach

    Two types of danger: the waves/undercurrent and peopleFor the waves: be very very careful, bathe at rising tide (so you'll be returned to the beach should you be taken by currents) and stay where you can touch the seafloor. There's no lifeguard and the locals don't swim...People: during the day families and guys playing football, at night dubious...

  • Fishers

    Fishermn are found on the Nouakchott beaches where they keep the fishes for sale. They are fresh and cheap.

  • Airport

    In the airport the custom officers are spread everywhere. Whenever they see a tourist they tend to take money from them. When i reached the airport, i had to give money to as many as 10 officers and lost $2 at the airport alone.


Nouakchott Tourist Traps

  • Custom officers at airport

    When I first went into the airport, I was in the plane from Bamako and almost the only European. There are many custom officers, probably as many as travellers in the plane.The first one caught me and asked my passport. He wrote the immigration card for me.After the immigration, you have search rooms. In fact they are only there to hide the custom...

  • Bad smell

    There are some parts near the city that really smell bad. Its not just a bad smell that you can get used to... Take a scarf...go waya quickly. the garbage is usualy originated by local dumpsters.

  • Nouakchott Hotels

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Nouakchott Off The Beaten Path

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    5 o'clock fishermen arrival

    by johnsakura Written Jan 31, 2004

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    around 5 o'clock fishermen arrive from thei daily journey at sea. can be one of the biggest experiences in mauritnaia i think. dont loose this at all.

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    Visa on arrival

    by lotharscheer Written Jul 28, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Visa on arrival seems to be possible now in Nouakchott airport and at a border 55 km north of Nouadhibou.

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