Mauritania Travel Guide

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Nouadhibou

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Nouakchott

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Bir Moghrein

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Terjit

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Akjoujt

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Atar

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Cansado

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Ile d' Arguin

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Rosso

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Fderik

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Chinguetti

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Zouerat

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Nouadhibou

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  • Moroccan restaurant next door to Camping...

    Nouadhibou Restaurants

    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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  • Camels on the beach

    Nouadhibou Things to Do

    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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  • The Red Dragon

    Nouadhibou Restaurants

    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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Nouakchott

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  • From Nouakchott to Senegal

    Nouakchott Transportation

    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...

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  • Hotel Emira

    Nouakchott Hotels

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

    Good for: Business

  • Port de Peche, Fishmarket

    Nouakchott Things to Do

    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.

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Bir Moghrein

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  • Landmines and kidnappers

    Bir Moghrein Warnings and Dangers

    The town was destroyed by the war between Mauritania and Morocco. This has left many people poor. Hence they kidnap the tourists for money. Also, there are many landmines just outside the city near the border. Hence, donot wander around.

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  • Land mines

    Bir Moghrein Warnings and Dangers

    there are lots of land mines on your way to the moroccan wall. dont go off the road. Of course saying "dont go out of the road" its quite easy, but in reality, the road is completely destroyed and you need to go out to the sand...

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  • 4wd car

    Bir Moghrein Transportation

    for sure the best way to travel here. there are no asphalt roads not good conditions non-asphalted roads. Expect rock roads with a lot of sand around the village. The way to Bir Moghrein is kind of rough to small cars, can be done but its not a very easy task.

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Terjit

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Akjoujt

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  • Speed limit for camels

    Akjoujt Off The Beaten Path

    Just as you enter Akjoujt, after the police control, on the right, you will see this amazing spped limit in the middle of the desert, going towards nowhere.Maybe Mauritanians want to take care of the speed of their camels?

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  • Terjit

    Akjoujt Off The Beaten Path

    Terjit is a wonderful oasis located 12km from Atar. Atar is 180km from Akjoujt, i'm already talking you about it already for you to understand that if you're heading Atar, this Terjit place is a must.This spring is signposted before Ain Ahel At Taya. A hot spring and several cool ones water a tight awesome oasis of a great beauty. this place is...

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  • Want a ride?

    Akjoujt Transportation

    I think this guy would give you a ride. Is normal to ttrucks to stop and give rides. dont be surprised if someone askes for money to take you. something that might work is before you get into the truck make sure you dont have money at all. say "ANA WALO FLUSS" i have no money... in the end say SHUKRAN thank you.

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Atar

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  • Hostile beggars

    Atar Warnings and Dangers

    The beggars are very hostile. When I came across one of them, that beggar stopped me, showed me the knife and took maoney and my watch. But I managed to get all my things back when I showed my revolver which had 2 bullets in it to him. I carried it which was given to me by my friend in Nouakchott.

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  • Gueltat Zemmour ->To Layoune

    Atar Off The Beaten Path

    We got permission and headed to Gueltat Zemmour with army 4x4 on the front of us. Due to much sand also in this part (no road exists, or many parts are really in bad shape that is better to go into the sand), again my friends had to jump off the car and be transported on the army Toyota until Layoune.I hope this will help someone travelling to this...

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  • “Le Mure” -> Way to Gueltat Zemmour

    Atar Off The Beaten Path

    You get to the wall and you have to deliver your passport to the Moroccan authorities. You stay under Moroccan army custody maybe even for a few days. Don’t go out of the asphalt as it has lots of land mines. You have to wait maybe up to a few days to get the permission to go inside morocco with army convoy just for you until Layoune to get a stamp...

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Cansado

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  • Dead Monk Seals

    Cansado Local Customs

    Many fishermen sont respect nature and their nets catch an very small amout of still existing seals.The largest Mediterranean monk seal colony can be found on Mauritania's Atlantic seaboard. At the Cape Blanc peninsula the seals live along a stretch of just a few kilometers in three large surf caves. Together with the Spanish conservation...

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  • Dead fish

    Cansado Local Customs

    this is the type of fish people here dont eat. they just throw it way. All along the coast you can see hundreds of fishes like this one.

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  • Old ships

    Cansado Things to Do

    On this area of Cansado there are more or less 50 sunked ships. the scenery is very nice though dispite of ecologc impact.

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Ile d' Arguin

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  • National Park offices in Nouamghar

    Ile d' Arguin Things to Do

    The Banc d'Arguin is a crossroads for aquatic birds migrating between Europe, northern Asia and Africa. Over two million sandpipers have been recorded in the winter, and many species use the national park for breeding also. The sea is crystal clear and shallow (no more than about 3m (10ft) deep 25km (15mi) from shore) and is dotted with sand...

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  • The beach coast

    Ile d' Arguin Things to Do

    The beach coast is also another wonderful aspect of this Banc d'Arguin National Park. After El Manghar you have at leat 180km of sandy beaches with dunes aside. Remember that 40% of the country is covered by sand.

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  • The desert

    Ile d' Arguin Favorites

    Another view of the desert. On this way you'll find kms and kms of void, sand and ocasionely some trees or bushes.

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Rosso

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  • Crossing the border

    Rosso Favorites

    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...

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  • Police Stops

    Rosso Tourist Traps

    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!!!

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  • Rice crop

    Rosso Favorites

    Due to the close river Senegal and also the water dam of Djiamba this is a very good place to plant rice.

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Fderik

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  • Satellite View of Fderik Mines,...

    Fderik Things to Do

    Best thing to do is to take an airplane flight over the Fderik Mines to take a close look at the strange Image that is depicted from any Satellite.

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  • Biggest train in the world

    Fderik Transportation

    The train from Nouadhibou to Choum-Fderik-Zouerat 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...

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  • Iron mountains

    Fderik Things to Do

    Mauritania has extensive deposits of iron ore, which account for almost 50% of total exports. To carry th iron of the mines to the coast and export it, theres a huge train (biggest train in the world, please check my Mauritania Page for more info) that can reach 2km long. There are 3 trains a day.

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Chinguetti

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  • Old houses

    Chinguetti Things to Do

    Old houses like this one are maybe hundreds of years old already and pass generation to generation. The wooden doors are amaing and many have an excelent hand work carved on them.

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  • View of the old town

    Chinguetti Things to Do

    this is the part of Chiinguetti, the old one, that belongs to UNESCO world heritage. Is very magical and has a special energy floating around.On the picture is me and Nana

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  • Doors

    Chinguetti Favorites

    These doors are just after the old mosque. very nice. i like it very much, the old wood of the doors along with the mud construction.

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Zouerat

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  • Gueltat Zemmour ->To Layoune

    Zouerat Transportation

    We got permission and headed to Gueltat Zemmour with army 4x4 on the front of us. Due to much sand also in this part (no road exists, or many parts are really in bad shape that is better to go into the sand), again my friends had to jump off the car and be transported on the army Toyota until Layoune.I hope this will help someone travelling to this...

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  • “Le Mure” -> Way to Gueltat Zemmour

    Zouerat Transportation

    You get to the wall and you have to deliver your passport to the Moroccan authorities. You stay under Moroccan army custody maybe even for a few days. Don’t go out of the asphalt as it has lots of land mines. You have to wait maybe up to a few days to get the permission to go inside morocco with army convoy just for you until Layoune to get a stamp...

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  • Fortress on the border -> “Le Mure"...

    Zouerat Transportation

    Fortress on the border with Western Sahara -> “Le Mure”NO Man’s LAND. BE careful be careful be careful. mines, pirates… old asphalt road broken by explosions at least 4 times until the “WALL”. 2 of the times was quite hard to pass. about 36kms.continues on next tip

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Top Mauritania Hotels

Nouakchott Hotels
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Nouadhibou Hotels
89 Reviews - 150 Photos
Chinguetti Hotels
26 Reviews - 64 Photos
Atar Hotels
40 Reviews - 66 Photos
Akjoujt Hotels
16 Reviews - 27 Photos

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