Mauritania Warnings and Dangers

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    Visa on Arrival
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Mauritania Warnings and Dangers


    Please read this seriously. This review will save you a lot of time and hassle across all of Mauritania. For many practical safety reasons there Police and Army checkpoints all across the country. Entering and leaving any large settlement will mean that your transport will be stopping at dozens of roadblocks. You will be asked for “FISH?”, “FISH”?....

  • Officials and touts at the border.

    After having passed the gauntlet of the Mauritanian police for your visas, there is also the customs to be got through. This can be a truly testing time and a lot depends on good humour and ambivalence towards officialdom. After that you run into the touts that are (also) after your money, from money-changers to campsite managers to insurance...

  • Arrival. Prepare for bribe!

    Not really a danger. Just make sure you have plenty of small bills with you. Chances are you will have to bribe the arrivals officer who will quickly process your passport as you arrive. Make sure you don't just have $20 or $100 bills!

  • Guide in the desert

    When you go into the desert, especially the route between Tidjikja and the Adrar Region (Atar/ Terjit/ Chinquetti), you need a good guide, because there are no distinct tracks and orientation points.We hired an excellent guide in Tidjikja, Baba Ulabdi Nega. He lives in the quartier Kraifa, tel. 00 222 569318. The staff of the Auberge ''Le Phare du...

  • Go at least with two cars into the...

    When you go into the desert it's necessary to bring enough supplies, like food, but more important water and diesel ! Allthough we had enough water to cross the 350 KM desert from Tidjikja to Chinquetti, we bought 24 bottles extra. Even back in Spain we still drunk the water from Tidjikja.It's also important to go with at least two 4WDS. Baba our...

  • Worst invasion of locusts in more than a...

    Mauritania is one of the hardest hit countries by the worst locust invasion in West Africa for 15 years. The locusts, which can eat their own weight n food each day, invaded the entire country.The FAO warned that up to 50 percent of Mauritania's cereal production might be lost after swarms of locusts devoured their way through crops. The...

  • Hospital de Cinguetti

    El Hospital de Chinguetti, Mauritaniaconstruido por una O.N.G de la Región de MurciaNECESITAPediatras, Oftalmólogos, Médicos,Dentistas y Técnicos de Laboratorio,para realizar campañas de formación y de tratamientode pacientes. La duración de cada campañaes aproximadamente de 3 semanas.Alojamiento y comida gratuito.NECESITAMOS URGENTEMENTE UN...

  • The biblical scourge of the crickets

    I heard about crickets two month before start and when I arrived the calamity was still there. The trees totally covered by crickets... they leave only the wood. In some places 80 million concentration for Km2 is not an exaggeration.But for our trip wan't a problem at all. Only in doing the bath on the atlantic ocean I confused the cricket with...

  • Malaria is probably the number...

    Malaria is probably the number one danger. Make sure you take proper measures and you'll be fine. Be aware of corrupt police and officials who constantly try to have you arrested or threaten you. Just ignore them and if you learn a little arabic you'll be fine - - Gasar amerik - - joking!

  • The main risk is “mal...

    The main risk is “mal d’Africa” (help me to translate!).I was walking with a friend in a very lonely place, when I realised that I’ve spent a lot of time walking around alone, in the desert, in darkness, without any feeling of fear. Don’t travel alone in the desert; but this is just a matter of common sense.About malaria ask health care in your...

  • No visas machines or...

    No visas machines or posibility of paying at shops. Only in good hotels you can pay with visa.No health problems except is you go to the south close to Senegal River (paludism or malary vaccums recommended).Public transport very complicated. It is more recomended to contact a local agency in order to be driven by a good guide.Do not go alone to...

  • The main risk for a traveller...

    The main risk for a traveller is to go alone in the desert.They only travel in the desert two by two, in case of an accident, a puncture, an illness, lack of gasoline or whatever could happen. If you get lost in the desert, write in big letters a message and you will probably be found. We saw it near Madar, coming from Banc d´Arguin to Nouakchott....

  • No problems encountered when...

    No problems encountered when entering in Fall 2000 !Stay out of Mauretania altogether except:Good background of survival and own equipment.Only come if invited by a local resident,preferrably aMauretanian citicen.Try to come for business purpose.NEVER VENTURE ANYWHERE ALONE. Avoid vast east stretch towards Mali, you may disappear !NEW ALERT: Due to...

  • If you can possibly avoid...

    If you can possibly avoid goning to Mauritania, do so. It is one of the few countries where slavery is still practiced and there is no edible food there. Nooaqshoot the main city is slowly filling with sand (looks like Iceland in the winter, except for the snow there is sand) I have never been closer to hell on earth. Mauritania is one place I will...

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