Welcome to the west African land between Sahara and ocean. Mauritania travel is totally unique — for those that have even heard of it, the nation offers curious visitors plenty of experiences far off the standard guidebook pages. So, what do Mauritania tours consist of?
Mauritania is probably known best for its famous iron ore train — the longest train in the world, at over 2 kilometres. It is used to carry iron ore from the Zouerat mine to Nouadhibou harbour. However, despite it being a functional, working train, tourists can ride the open-air carriages, sitting on top of the iron ore. When the train comes back, tourists can choose to ride in the empty carriages for added comfort, too. It really is a one-of-a-kind journey. Just remember to bring protection for your face to protect from all the dust! The best part is that the journey is completely free. There is, in fact, a passenger cabin, but you have to reserve tickets and it’s usually packed.
Next on the Mauritania travel list must be Adrar Plateau, with its incredible desert scenery. Chinguetti is probably the most famous town here — it was once a centre of Islamic scholarship and its architecture has remained unchanged for nearly a thousand years. Along with Ouadane and a few other small towns, it is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site.
On the wild Atlantic coast, your Mauritania tour will take you to the Parc National du Banc d’Arguin. This is a haven for avid bird watchers. Dolphins are also a common feature here, bouncing up and down among the backdrop of sleepy fishing villages dotted along the coast. Over in the capital city of Nouakchott, check out the National Museum of Mauritania, the National Library, ended with a trip to the beach.
Like everywhere else, locals love to come to the beach to relax after a long day’s work. The real highlight of Nouakchott, though, must be the bustling fishing wharf of ‘port de peche’. Every evening, see teams of fishermen bring in the day’s catch on brightly painted sea canoes. The daily catch is sold on the spot or loaded onto donkey carts to be sold in town. It’s a hive of activity and a must-see in the capital city.
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