Travel Blogs from Mauritania

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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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

:), Nouâdhibou, Mauritania travel blog

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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 ...

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 ...

Nouadhibou & Cap Blanc, Mauritania, Oct 15, 2007, Nouadhibou, Mauritania travel blog

Nouadhibou & Cap Blanc, Mauritania, Oct 15, 2007

A travel blog entry by modernnomad67

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... a full day and two nights in Nouadhibou to relax and recuperate between the two stretches of our Saharan crossing.  Nouadhibou is Mauritania's second largest city and a major fishing and iron ore port.  From the looks of it, it's not necessarily ...

Deep Into The Sahara, Mauritania, Oct 19 -22, 2007, Adrar, Mauritania travel blog

Deep Into The Sahara, Mauritania, Oct 19 -22, 2007

A travel blog entry by modernnomad67

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... 1978 has traversed a varying route each year through much of the same country we traveled through.  Western Sahara and Mauritania have been the standard routes for nearly two decades since Algeria's civil war essentially closed that country to most ...

Banc D'Arguin Coast, Mauritania, Oct 17 - 18, 2007, Nouakchott, Mauritania travel blog

Banc D'Arguin Coast, Mauritania, Oct 17 - 18, 2007

A travel blog entry by modernnomad67

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We continued with our sand matting through the Dunes of Doom the following morning, hitting the coastal lagoons within a few hours where there were plenty of opportunities for bird watching in the national park's shallow bays and inlets - flamingoes, ...

Road to Senegal, October 23, 2007, Rosso, Mauritania travel blog

Road to Senegal, October 23, 2007

A travel blog entry by modernnomad67

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... There frequency of villages was greater, and they were populated by darker-skinned tribal Africans who make up about a third of Mauritania's small population.  Sahel means shore in Arabic, but the term generally refers to the wide band of ...

Banc D'Arguin Desert, Mauritania, Oct 16- 17, 2007, Nouamghar, Mauritania travel blog

Banc D'Arguin Desert, Mauritania, Oct 16- 17, 2007

A travel blog entry by modernnomad67

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Banc D'Arguin National Park is a reserve designed to protect coastal scenery, traditional local fishing lifestyle, and the wetlands environment that is one of the most important wintering areas for migratory European birds.  Although Banc D'Arguin's ...

Chinguetti, Mauritania, October 19 - 20, 2007, Chinguetti, Mauritania travel blog

Chinguetti, Mauritania, October 19 - 20, 2007

A travel blog entry by modernnomad67

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... .   This was certainly the case in Chinguetti where I would have been interested in buying something characteristic of Mauritania, but my bargaining skills weren't sufficient to get me any items of interest in a price range I could ...

Terjit Oasis, Mauritania, October 21 - 22, 2007, Atar, Mauritania travel blog

Terjit Oasis, Mauritania, October 21 - 22, 2007

A travel blog entry by modernnomad67

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... hot in Africa.  The rotund ones must all stay at home, though, because I actually saw fewer corpulent beauties in Mauritania than I recall from Egypt, Jordan, or Morocco.  We backtracked part of the way from Chinguetti and then turned off the ...

Nouakchott, Mauritania, October 22, 2007, Nouakchott, Mauritania travel blog

Nouakchott, Mauritania, October 22, 2007

A travel blog entry by modernnomad67

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... being depleted by Asian and European fishing fleets raping the sea of all life.  Financially strapped governments in Senegal, Mauritania, and Guinea-Bissau have been selling fishing rights to the EU for its fishing fleet.  The payments for such ...

Overnite, Kiffa, Mauritania travel blog

Overnite

A travel blog entry by ekacool

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Nouadibou, Nouadibou, Mauritania travel blog

Nouadibou

A travel blog entry by sayres

Desert crossings, army convoys, driving in the surf - pretty cool ...

Into Sharia Law, Nouadhibou, Mauritania travel blog

Into Sharia Law

A travel blog entry by kenziertw

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... cars in various states of dilapidation. We entered Mauritania with a lot less fuss than we had in obtaining their visas.   Mauritania only made slavery illegal in 1980, though the practice is still widespread - an estimated 100,000 people still being ...

Bribing the police, Nouakchott, Mauritania travel blog

Bribing the police

A travel blog entry by kenziertw

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11th December We had a full drive day to Nouakchott. First thing it was very cool and foggy - we were close to the sea - but got drier as we headed East inland, into the desert, and hotter. We then turned South. We were stopped by over a dozen police ...

Refoulée à la frontière sénégalaise..., Nouakchott, Mauritania travel blog

Refoulée à la frontière sénégalaise...

A travel blog entry by debdeb80

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Burn, baby burn, to the Mauritanian inferno!, Nouakchott, Mauritania travel blog

Burn, baby burn, to the Mauritanian inferno!

A travel blog entry by mrandmrsrontour

... are slowly disappearing under the drifting sand). Still, despite this, and the descriptions of extreme discomfort which will follow, Mauritania has really endeared itself to us.  There is a sereneness and friendliness to the peoples, and the scenery ...

Nema to Oulata, Oulata, Mauritania travel blog

Nema to Oulata

A travel blog entry by exumbris

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... its ambiance with sufficient amenities.  Although more expensive than in other parts of the country, Nema has most of Mauritania's offerings.  Electricity works well, so the drinks are cold. The lycee and college are west of the market about ...

Trip 3: Morocco to Senegal, Nouakchott, Mauritania travel blog

Trip 3: Morocco to Senegal

A travel blog entry by nathanphil

... to get out and gazed in horror at the horde of people clambering atop her precious luggage... ...Dude... Honeymoon in Mauritania?  You guys are going to need some serious marriage counselling after this... ...And then we are off... Day 50: ...

Du Banc d'Arguin a Nouakchott, Nouakchott, Mauritania travel blog

Du Banc d'Arguin a Nouakchott

A travel blog entry by ventalili

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Du Banc D'Arguin à Nouakchott Jeudi 14 janvier Nuit calme dans les tentes sur la plage , troublée seulement à un moment  par le passage de chacals, ou de chacaux. Enfin on ne sait pas exactement combien il y en avait, mais sans doute ...

Starting point, Nouakchott, Mauritania travel blog

Starting point

A travel blog entry by ekacool

Check Point ...

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