Travel Blogs from Mauritania

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Western Sahara and Mauritania, Nouadhibou, Mauritania travel blog

Western Sahara and Mauritania

A travel blog entry by frusc101

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... more prepared and maybe take a book out with me! In any case we eventually made it through into our second African country; Mauritania, where I felt our journey really begins as we step off the more popular tourist routes and into West Africa. My first ...

A Failed State?, Nouakchott, Mauritania travel blog

A Failed State?

A travel blog entry by phileasfarx

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... while it is being processed.  Should be ready later today so we'll set off for Saint-Louis early tomorrow morning. Mauritania is treated like a bit of a pariah in the international community (any country who's name begins with "Islamic Republic ...

following the sun..., Nouakchott, Mauritania travel blog

following the sun...

A travel blog entry by lighttraveler86

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... country, even in the remotest villages in the middle of the desert as we were allowed to find out later.  directly after entering Mauritania we took a 400km piste along the Iron Ore Train rail road east into the heart of the country. a up to 2km long ...

Fuck You..., Nouadhibou, Mauritania travel blog

Fuck You...

A travel blog entry by asci

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schallt es mir hier jeden Tag entgegen wenn ich in Dakhla auf die Strasse laufe. Motherfucker folgt dann meisstens hinterher. Ursache dieser oralen Erguesse minderjaehriger Jungen bin ich, wobei ich nicht weiss womit ich das verdient hab. Aber hier ist ...

Nouadhibou to Atar, Nouadhibou to Atar, Mauritania travel blog

Nouadhibou to Atar

A travel blog entry by jeanchristophes

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... read about Mauritania and subsequently the train trip from Nouadhibou to Choum, the very one that we were planning on taking today. Mauritania is obviously a desert country with well under 3 million people. Who, up till the droughts of the 1970 were ...

Great mosque (Nouakchott, Mauritania), Nouakchott, Mauritania travel blog

Great mosque (Nouakchott, Mauritania)

A travel blog entry by camilo9015

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this mosque is the biggest construction in the whole city. This was build with money from the Saudi ...

Dakhla to Nouadhibou, Dakhla to Nouadhibou, Mauritania travel blog

Dakhla to Nouadhibou

A travel blog entry by jeanchristophes

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Back in Casablanca I had got myself a 3 month multi-entry visa for the Mauritania which was a complete waste of an additional 20 euros but armed with my new diplomatic powers I brought a bus ticket to Dakhla which was a good 32 hour trip. Luckily the bus ...

The country of firsts, Nouakchott, Mauritania travel blog

The country of firsts

A travel blog entry by shaunandkaren

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Never when we were younger, did we imagine travelling to the country of Mauritania. Probably only 5 years ago we didn't even know that there was such a country. But after spending some time in Mauritania, we saw many things and experienced many things. We ...

auch hier wirds kalt, Nouakchott, Mauritania travel blog

auch hier wirds kalt

A travel blog entry by asci

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Obwohl ich jetzt schon fast in Westafrika bin, folgt mir der Winter mit eiserner Haerte. Auf 10 grad gehts Nachts runter, Tags sinds maximal 25 Grad, jetzt bei 20 Grad 15 Uhr gerade so ertraeglich.... schlafe im grossem berberzelt mit 3 decken, deswegen ...

Ouaidane to Nouakchott, Ouaidane to Nouakchott, Mauritania travel blog

Ouaidane to Nouakchott

A travel blog entry by jeanchristophes

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... 't get lost. They promptly suggested I go with them, which I promptly accepted. Not knowing anything about the south east of Mauritania I was pretty keen to go have a good look around. At Atar we organised to follow another convoy of people that were ...

Mauretanien, Atar, Mauritania travel blog

Mauretanien

A travel blog entry by asci

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so...erstmal der text des auswaertigen amtes zum thema Mauretanien, hinterher dann was wirklich passiert ist :) Dringende Sicherheitshinweise - Gefahr von Entführungen und Anschlägen In den nordafrikanischen und den südlich an die Sahara grenzenden ...

Chingetti to Ouaidane, Chingetti to Ouaidane, Mauritania travel blog

Chingetti to Ouaidane

A travel blog entry by jeanchristophes

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Back in Atar we finally found and settled on a price for a taxi ride to get to the 7th holiest Islamic village; Chinguetti. However we were to loose Antonio, who decided to try his luck at hitching a ride there, as a result I wasn't to see him again for ...

Roads less travelled, Nouadhibou, Mauritania travel blog

Roads less travelled

A travel blog entry by kkandsteve

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So after being very looked after by the people of Dakhla we ventured forth to Mauritania. There is no transport between the countries.  We managed to get a good deal and for 30quid each got a place in a banged out old Mercedes that was going across ...

We are in the desert, its hot!, Nouakchott, Mauritania travel blog

We are in the desert, its hot!

A travel blog entry by kkandsteve

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... in like lost urchins to the house of a stranger for the night.  Ibrahim, the son of the ex minister for tourism for Mauritania, kindly took us to his humungous house and feed us huge amounts of food.  The house had all of four sitting rooms big ...

The most beautiful road ever!, Nouadibou, Mauritania travel blog

The most beautiful road ever!

A travel blog entry by rachels

Well our main road consisted of sand dunes on our left and the beautiful Ocean on our right. Our nights consisted of camping on the beach under the stars or in tents if we so chose, listening to the sound of the sea!! ...

Najdłuższy pociąg świata!, Choûm, Mauritania travel blog

Najdłuższy pociąg świata!

A travel blog entry by kaya_travel

spełniają się moje afrykańskie marzenia – integrujemy się z miejscową ludnością i jedziemy najdłuższym pociągiem świata! pociąg ma średnią długość 2,5-3 km, ...

:), Nouâdhibou, Mauritania travel blog

:)

A travel blog entry by kaya_travel

Tego dnia wyruszyliśmy ze Spaniszami do Mauretanii. Przed odjazdem z Dakhli spotkaliśmy jeszcze Anglika – Howarda i Francuza Remiego, którzy do nas dołączyli. Droga była długa, wyjątkowo mecząca jednak ...

Naughty-where?, Nouadhibou, Mauritania travel blog

Naughty-where?

A travel blog entry by parleusted

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... southern Black Mauritanians who live along the Senegal River and have nothing to do with Moorish culture. The coast of northern Mauritania has one of the world's highest densities of fish and this has has made Nouadhibou an important hub of international ...

Where Nomads Settle Down, Nouakchott, Mauritania travel blog

Where Nomads Settle Down

A travel blog entry by parleusted

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... afternoon sunlight.  Nouakchott's inhabitants were just a bunch of nomads in the 1950s. It became capital of newly independent Mauritania in 1960 and grew rapidly through the next few decades. A third of the country's population (3.5 million) lives ...

Camel Trek in the Sahara, Chinguetti, Mauritania travel blog

Camel Trek in the Sahara

A travel blog entry by parleusted

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If you don't do a camel trek when you are in the Sahara, where else on earth would you want to do it ?   To be clear the Sahara is not all sand dunes. Only a small portion of it (less than 25%) is covered with dunes. The rest is comprised of sand ...

Are You A Citizen of US or Them?, Dakhla, Mauritania travel blog

Are You A Citizen of US or Them?

A travel blog entry by dsslack

... never to Mauritania (well there is a reason for that: 1) it's the desert, the Sahara Desert at that; and 2) it's Mauritania...known for....its desert).   I was happy that they were happy and approved my visa right away and everyhting was ...

New Year, New Country, Nouadhibou, Mauritania travel blog

New Year, New Country

A travel blog entry by parleusted

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... it is   known to be littered with thousands of unexploded land mines, a legacy from the earlier dispute with Mauritania over Western Sahara which neither country has bothered to clear. For this reason walking across the border is prohibited and ...

Rock Monolith in the Desert, Ben Amera, Mauritania travel blog

Rock Monolith in the Desert

A travel blog entry by parleusted

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... km away.   Copies of fiche (photocopies of passport) were duly handed over at several checkpoints along the way. Visitors to Mauritania who plan to spend even a few days here are well advised to carry a big bunch, else you could spend a significant ...

Street of Forty Scholars, Ouadâne, Mauritania travel blog

Street of Forty Scholars

A travel blog entry by parleusted

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There are two routes from Atar to Ouadane, the Amogjar Pass and the Nouatil Pass. Both are gravel roads but the latter has been recently upgraded and was hence the preferred option and the one taken by our taxi. Our driver was most anxious to get a move ...

Riding the Iron Ore Train, Nouadhibou, Mauritania travel blog

Riding the Iron Ore Train

A travel blog entry by parleusted

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... get on a shared 4x4 taxi to Atar, capital of the Adrar region which is the spiritual and historical center of Mauritania. The historical centers of Ouadane and Chinguetti along with opportunities to explore the Mauritanian Sahara make Adrar an interesting ...

The Land of Chinguetti, Chinguetti, Mauritania travel blog

The Land of Chinguetti

A travel blog entry by parleusted

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... and was once a vibrant religious and trading center.   Chiguetti's iconic Friday Mosque is widely considered a symbol of Mauritania. Between the 13th and 17th centuries it was the annual gathering point for Sunni pilgrims of the Maghrib en route to ...

Across The Senegal River, Rosso, Mauritania travel blog

Across The Senegal River

A travel blog entry by parleusted

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... clear that Rosso was not the sort of town to be looking for food, vegetarian or otherwise. In fact, it looked very unlike the Mauritania we had experienced the past few days. We had a premonition that this was just a sneak peak at what lay across the ...

An Oasis Interlude, Terjit, Mauritania travel blog

An Oasis Interlude

A travel blog entry by parleusted

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After leaving Chinguetti, we took a taxi back to Atar which is the main travel hub for the Adrar region. We parked ourselves at one of the street-side restaurants so we could get a meal before we proceeded. Here we learned the critical phrase sans ...

Crossroads of the Mauritanian Sahara, Atar, Mauritania travel blog

Crossroads of the Mauritanian Sahara

A travel blog entry by parleusted

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... , a traditional stone hut that has been tricked up with all the amenities. The Adrar region is the jewel in Mauritania's crown with several important cultural sights and natural wonders. Besides the historic sites, it provides easy access to areas with ...

30 November Mauritania, western sahara, Mauritania travel blog

30 November Mauritania

A travel blog entry by derrick241

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... of some kind and bottled water (I have been drinking the truck water and local water so far I have been fine) 1 December  Mauritania Here we are, today we are getting to the border, it’s a hour’s drive, so we are told I have put on ...

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