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Mauritania Travel Wiki

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Find general travel information, guides and “good to know”. Find the cheapest flights and best hotels offers in one click multi search engine - just click a city and discover the best of the country.

Travel to Mauritania

The Islamic Republic of Mauritania can be found in West Africa, bordered by Mali, Algeria, and Senegal. The nation has its roots in the ancient Berber Kingdom, which ruled the area for about 1,000 years – until around the 7th century. About 90% of the country is part of the Sahara Desert, so most of the population ca be found along the coast and southern border.

Along the coast, you will find the Banc d’Arguin National Park. Millions of migrating birds fly through this are each year, making it a birdwatching paradise. As an extra bonus, one can often see the local fisherman working with dolphin pods to round of schools of fish so they can be netted and processed in the shallows.

A visit to Oualata, a world heritage site, should also be on the itinerary. It was on the ancient trans-Sahara trading routes of the Middle Ages and features numerous geometric designs with its buildings. One of the more unique museums in the city features an exhibit of ancient scrolls where you can see the calligraphy used in generations before.

The world’s longest train can be found in Mauritania as well. The total length of the train averages about 3km and its route from Zouerate to Nouadhibou takes about 12 hours to cover nearly 700km of distance.

Certain areas of Mauritania are heavily mined, so be wise about travel plans. Political instability is common. Stick to the main roads, do a little research, and keep your wits about you. Do that and you will find that Mauritania is an honest, welcoming, and interesting African destination.

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Nouakchott, capital of Mauritania

Nouakchott Travel Wiki Travel to Nouakchott Nouakchott is the capital of Mauritania and is called the “place of the winds.” Until 1958, it was a small village along the coast that helped to support the local fishing industry. Over the years, as the deserts have creeped closer, more and more people have begun calling this deep-water port their home. The fishing wharf and beaches are one of the main attractions of the city. You can even book accommodations at one of the...

Travel resources

Below you can find usefull travel resources for your visit to the country

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Biggest City Mauritania

Facts about Mauritania, Biggest city What are the names of the largest cities in Mauritania, and how big are the cities by population. Easy overview of the informations in the sortable table below. Please note that the informations comes from various sources,if you are using the informations professional you should get confirmation that the figures are actual. Last update august 2017

Geography and facts, Mauritania

Mauritania, geography and facts explained Geography, facts, local customs and foodie guide. All explained in videos 8 to 15 minutes, very good, informative and funny videos that will ensure you see the videos to the end. The videos are produced by Geography now, thanks for the videos and keep up the good work.

Mauritania Holidays

Mauritania Public Holidays See the calendars for national Mauritania holidays year by year. Find and just click on the year you for which you need more information about Mauritania holidays, and the calendar for the year will open. When is the non working days for the year. Public / national days, see the calendar for the country here.

News from Mauritania

News from Mauritania - Stay updated ! Watch and listen to news resources from Mauritania. There are several ways, radio, tv, written and social media, to stay updated on what is happening right now in the country, find some selected news sources in the menu below. If you have found a news source you think is missing, you can read or write comments and ask questions in the disqus field below. Other recommended news:

Travel forum Mauritania

Mauritania travel forum Discuss Mauritania travel with other travellers. Looking for advice, answers and information from Travel Forum guides ? Post your travel questions. You can read and write questions and answers, and you can recommend travel advice and things to do and see in the disqus forum field below.

Official holidays

When are holidays and no working days in the country ?

January 1New Year's Day
May 1Labour Day
May 25African Liberation Day
VariableIslamic New Year
November 28Independence Day

Which are the largest cities ?

Listing of the most important and largest cities in the country

3Néma 60.000
6Kiffa 40.281
7Zouérat 38.000
8Atar 24.021
9Tékane 22.041
10Sélibaby 18.424