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How To Travel Around Mauritania

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By train

In Mauritania, there is just one railway line that connects Nouadhibou, Choum, and Zouerat, yet it is a tourist destination in and of itself. Although many claim it to be the world’s longest train, with over 150 carriages and a length of over 2 kilometers, it is most definitely not. It transports iron ore from the Zouerat mine to the Nouadhibou port.

The train leaves Nouadhibou about 15:00 every day and arrives in Choum (for Atar) around 02:00 the following morning. When you arrive, double-check the departure timings.

There is just one passenger car in Mauritania, although iron ore hopper transport is also available (and advisable, as the passenger car is usually overcrowded and tickets are required). There is also first-class seating, which provides access to a smaller room with bunk beds. First-class tickets are restricted. It does not, however, guarantee greater comfort. The cost of a second-class ticket in the passenger car is 1,500 ouguiya, and hopper riding is free. Because there is a lot of dust, bring a scarf to protect your face.

With a bush taxi, you can travel to Atar from Choum. If the car breaks down, the trip may take up to eight hours.

How To Travel To Mauritania

By plane Mauritanian Airlines, travels to Bamako, Dakar, Abidjan, and Nouadhibou from Nouakchott International Airport (IATA: NKC). It also gets Air Algérie and Air France flights from Algiers and Paris, respectively. Tunisair, Senegul Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, and CanaryFly all have flights to Tunis, Senegal Airlines to Dakar, Turkish...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Mauritania

To enter, citizens of all Western countries need a visa. West African passport holders do not need a visa. Mauritania visas for 0-30 days are available on arrival for 120 Euros as of August 2015. Overland travelers may get them in Rabat, for example, where a single entrance visa costs...

Accommodation & Hotels in Mauritania

Accommodation is accessible in all price levels, with the highest-end hotels available exclusively in Nouakchott and Atar. In the Adrar and Nouadhibou, "Auberges" and Campsites rent beds/mattresses for as low as 1500 ouguiya. In the remainder of the nation, there is typically at least one hotel in the provincial capitals,...

Destinations in Mauritania

Regions in Mauritania Coastal Mauritania is a small stretch of land with a smashing Atlantic shoreline and the capital city of Mauritania. In the south, the Sahelian Mauritania semi-arid area includes the patchily green Senegal River basin. Saharan Mauritania has a vast northern desert region that is mostly desert. Cities in Mauritania Nouakchott,...

Things To See in Mauritania

The Adrar massif in the north has some of the most beautiful desert landscapes in the world. Explore the beautiful, secret oasis that have given water and shelter to merchants traversing the Sahara for ages by driving off-piste over rugged terrain and into tight valleys. Two of the country's...

Food & Drinks in Mauritania

In Nouakchott, there is a good selection of restaurants with meals ranging from 1,000 to 2,500 ouguiya. The menus at most restaurants in the capital are similar: basic pizzas, hamburgers, sandwiches, and salads. The route leading from the Stade Olympique to the French Embassy is lined with eateries. Pizza...

Money & Shopping in Mauritania

Souvenirs may be purchased at Nouakchott's Marche Capital and Marche Sixieme, as well as tourist stores in the Adrar. Although the fabric will be sold in shops throughout the nation, Kaedi is known for its tie-dying. In general, the quality of most Mauritanian souvenirs falls short of expectations. Leather goods,...

Internet & Communications in Mauritania

Mattel (great English website), Mauritel Mobiles, and Chinguitel are the three GSM network providers. For three of them, prepaid plans are available. GSM-World can provide further information about coverage and roaming. Satellite phones are an excellent option for excursions into the desert where there is no GSM network. Thuraya, Iridium,...

Language & Phrasebook in Mauritania

The official language is Arabic. The majority of Moors speak Hassaniya Arabic, while black Africans in the south speak Pulaar, Wolof, and Soninke, among other languages (especially in the Guidimakha region around Selibaby). Many people still speak French. This is particularly true in the vicinity of towns. Individuals in...

Traditions & Customs in Mauritania

Learn how to say Salaam alaykum and use it to welcome others. If you're a man, don't attempt to shake hands with a woman, and if you're a woman, don't try to shake hands with a guy (note that some African women may shake a man's hand, but it's...

History Of Mauritania

Ancient history The Bafours were mainly agriculturalists, and they were among the first Saharan peoples to forsake their nomadic past. They moved south as the Sahara became more desiccated. Many Berber tribes claimed Yemeni (and sometimes other Arab) ancestors. Although there is no evidence to back such such assertions, a...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Mauritania

Stay Safe in Mauritania The region surrounding the Western Sahara is severely mined, and it is not recommended to go across it. Banditry is well-known along Algeria's and Mali's border regions. The only paved road leading from Morocco is particularly hazardous, since it has recently been the location of Al...

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