Mauritania Travel Guide

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Nouakchott

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44,227,9

Nouadhibou

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89,150,0

Bir Moghrein

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41,79,0

Terjit

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29,393,0

Akjoujt

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16,28,0

Fderik

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4,8,0

Atar

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43,242,0

Ile d' Arguin

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17,22,0

Zouerat

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17,20,0

Rosso

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6,24,0

Chinguetti

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27,589,1

Cansado

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8,15,0

El Mamghar

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8,32,0

Nouakchott

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  • Port de Peche, Nouakchott

    Port de Peche

    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, December 2011). Take a shared taxi from the city center, UM 250.

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  • Monotel Hotel

    Monotel Hotel

    Nouakchott Hotels

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

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  • Port de Peche, Fishmarket, Nouakchott

    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, December 2011).Take a shared taxi from the city center, UM 250.

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Nouadhibou

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  • Moroccan restaurant next door to Camping..., Nouadhibou

    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

    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

    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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Bir Moghrein

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  • Landmines and kidnappers, Bir Moghrein

    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

    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

    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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  • Houses, Terjit

    Houses

    Terjit Local Customs

    This is the way some people build their houses here. The lack of materials and money can be tough on people in the region.

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  • Local clothes, Terjit

    Local clothes

    Terjit Local Customs

    people usually protect themselves from the sun with stuff on their heads. women usualy have strong colours. unless their husband is dead and they dress black.

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  • Group od local houses, Terjit

    Group od local houses

    Terjit Local Customs

    Groupd of local houses in Terhit village before you reach the oasis. The village and the oasis are separated by maybe 1.5km i think. maybe only 1. im kind lost here.

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Akjoujt

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  • Speed limit for camels, Akjoujt

    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

    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

    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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Fderik

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  • Satellite View of Fderik Mines,..., Fderik

    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

    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

    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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Atar

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  • Hostile beggars, Atar

    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

    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

    “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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Ile d' Arguin

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  • National Park offices in Nouamghar, Ile d' Arguin

    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

    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

    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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Zouerat

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  • Gueltat Zemmour ->To Layoune, Zouerat

    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

    “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

    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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Rosso

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  • Crossing the border, Rosso

    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

    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

    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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Chinguetti

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Cansado

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  • Dead Monk Seals, Cansado

    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

    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

    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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El Mamghar

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  • Atlantic hump-backed dolphin, El Mamghar

    Atlantic hump-backed dolphin

    El Mamghar Things to Do

    Sousa taxonomy is based largely on small sample sizes for most populations. The several different nominal species are distinguished on several primary characters. Characters include tooth counts; number of vertebrae; form of the dorsal fin base and especially colour patterns (G. Ross, pers. comm.). G. Ross suggests that all Sousa from S. Africa to...

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  • Enjoy the beach, El Mamghar

    Enjoy the beach

    El Mamghar Off The Beaten Path

    try to enjoy the beach once you have to wait until the tide goes down. For my experience I tell you that can be much more important to enjoy the view, the birds, the dolphins than being on the beach talking to people usualy tourist or a couple of senegalese youngters trying to get something out of you.

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  • National park facilities, El Mamghar

    National park facilities

    El Mamghar Favorites

    inside the national park yard. The guard here asked us for some simple requests like clothes shoes or something useful for his children. My friend gave him some shoes.

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