From the Park’s point of view creating a road through the middle of the Park would be ecologically unsound, it would also complicate surveillance and the extra cost of an embankment four instead of one metre wide at the top would be huge. Moreover, maintenance costs would be prohibitive for a village of some 200 people. In spite of all these arguments a major conflict arose when a member of the Park staff with political ambitions, when questioned, assured the villagers that a road would be built on the embankment (and that the village would be supplied with electricity, drinking water, a mosque, etc.). The villagers removed the fencing of a 4 hectare plot of dune fixation and pasture restoration experiment, established with their help, to the north of the village and fenced off the sluicegate in the embankment during the flooding season. Signboards, threatening anyone who would try to open the sluicegate, were posted all along the fence. It took more than a month of apologies, the removal of the staff member and lots of meetings with notables and high level administrators to dissipate the distrust and to be allowed to open the sluicegate.
Objectives of the Diawling National Park, as stated in the presidential decree of 1991:
the conservation and sustainable use of the natural resources of a sample of the lower delta ecosystem;
the permanent and harmonious development of the range of activities of the local population;
the co-ordination of the pastoral and fishing activities within its boundaries.
From our way from Nouakchott to the border with Senegal in Djiamba we were stoped 15 times... the police stop asking for passport but they dnot actually care about it. they will quickly change the conversation subject into You giving gifts to them... 15 TIMES!!!
they just want to ask you for a cadeux, a gift. Its ok to give but on your way from Rosso you'll have to stop at least 6 times to police check passports and asking you also for gifts. if you dont give them a thing, they take you diesel...sad but true.
There are 5 ferries per day.
If you intend to be in Roos after 12AM and before 5PM, you rather take the bridge over the Dam of Diama. There is no ferry during the nap of the Governor and you would wait up to 5 hours. If your car is inside the park, there is no way to go out.
When you are there by car, you have all the problems and nuisances of an African border (although it is nothing compared to the Senegalese side).
It costs 3000 Ouguiyas to cross with your car. You need a ECOWAS insurance card to drive in Senegal
You will be surrounded by people who want to help you. They will propose to take your documents and arrange everything on the other side (they cross on a small boat) and when you arrive you can go direclty. Don't give them. When you are on the other side, you need to see the custom officers, the police, etc just because they want to collect some money from you. This does not save time and costs a lot of money.
If you are there by car, give 1000 UM to a custom guy in order to have your car on the ferry on the first row or at least on the ferry when they are many people. Being the first on the ferry will save you a lot of time because you will be the first at the police and at the custom.
To know what happens on the other side, read the Senegalese Rosse
Favorite thing: Due to the close river Senegal and also the water dam of Djiamba this is a very good place to plant rice.