WHY VISIT MAURITANIA
There are few places that are less touristic than Mauritania; wild, desert, poor… It is truly a country for adventure where you can discover another world, a certain grandeur in its vast and extreme landscape.
Nouakchott, the capital, surrounded by the desert, has animated markets and a pretty beach, an interesting National Museum, a lively fishing port, and a National Rugs Office where you can see the women weaving.
Nouadhibou, more to the north and next to the sea, is a fishing port and so ideal for fishing enthusiasts as well as those who enjoy water sports.
The Banc d’Arguin National Park is a paradise for birds, many of them assembled along the sand banks for a stopover on their way to their mating grounds. You can visit the park by boat with a guide.
Those who appreciate archaeology will enjoy a visit to Koumbi Saleh where part of a large mosque can be seen protruding from the desert sands awaiting the day that the ruins of what appears to be a huge city will once again see daylight.
Atar is another place definitely worth a visit with its labyrinth of tiny streets and its market. It is also the departure point for many excursions such as the old town of Chinguetti, the monoliths of Ben Amira, and the Ouadane Museum amongst others.
WHAT TO SEE IN MAURITANIA
WHEN TO GO TO MAURITANIA
The best period to visit Mauritania is from November to February.
The climate is hot and dry throughout the year with no wet season.
Temperatures between December and March are very pleasant at around 28°C during the day and 13°C at night, between June and August its becomes hotter.
From March to May hot winds blow that can sometimes develop into sandstorms.
The coastline benefits from sea breezes that soften the high temperatures and nights in the desert can sometimes see negative temperatures. It is recommended that you visit between November and February when the daytime temperatures are hot but not scorching and the nights are pleasantly cool.
Following is a list of typical festivals and celebrations of Mauritania.
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HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH MAURITANIA
For moving around the country collective taxis and lorries are slow but affordable methods of transport. In town, there are numerous, although generally shabby, taxis.
by plane, the main airports are:
GENERAL INFORMATION ON MAURITANIA
health tips & vaccination: take suitable precautions concerning the heat and drink a lot (not tap water!). Take a well-stocked first aid kit and ensure your normal vaccinations are up to date and add those for yellow fever, typhoid, and hepatitis A and B. Do not drink tap water, peel fruit and vegetables, wash your hands well before handling food and avoid stray animals.
local currency: Mauritanian Ouguiya
local time zone: GMT+0
electricity: type C (220 V – 50 Hz)
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