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 Qaida kidnappings. If you must travel this route, do it in a tightly packed caravan. In other situations, it’s best not to flaunt one’s riches or costly goods. Mauritania may seem intimidating, but with a little preparation and common sense, you can have a nice vacation.
Check the travel warnings issued by your embassy or consulate. Most Western countries urge extreme care due to an increase in the frequency of assaults against Westerners in recent years. Expats living in the United States travel between cities throughout the day, in groups, and on main routes.
Stay Healthy in Mauritania
The native water in any region of the nation (including Nouakchott) is unsafe to drink for the majority of Westerners. If they don’t have access to a water purification or filtration system, visitors should only consume bottled water. The climate in the Sahara is very arid. You may quickly get dehydrated without realizing it. The best rule of thumb is to make sure you’ve urinated three times each day, at regular intervals. This may involve drinking several litres of water each day during the warmest months of the year.
Malaria is prevalent in the country’s south, therefore tourists should always wear a mosquito net while visiting. Mosquitoes are less frequent in the arid deserts in the north of the nation, but they are present all year in the south, although in lower numbers during the dry season (December-May).