Mauritania

Mauritania is an interesting blend of the Arab world and sub-Saharan Africa, where the tourist encounters numerous ancient caravan towns, quite a few camels and the world's longest train, which carries iron ore from the heart of the Sahara to the coast and on top of a load of ore for any willing tourist. And Nouakchott – one of Africa's newest capitals.

See our travel suggestions below and contact us if you are interested or need more information about trips to Mauritania.

Kameli Travel organises tours to Mauritania – whether your intention is to experience the merely unplanned capital of Nouakchott in the middle of the driest desert, but also by the sea, where you are unlikely to bump into other tourists, but rather friendly and curious locals who are there to welcome you to their country. Or you can continue your journey deeper into the Sahara and see the caravan towns of Ouadane and Chinguetti, which are on the UNESCO World Heritage List, visit the Tidjikja area to spot the rare desert crocodiles that got stuck when the Sahara dried up around them, not forgetting of course a journey on the world's longest train in an open iron ore carriage through the Sahara night.

We can arrange a professional guide and transport services for you or your group, and book your preferred level of accommodation. However, if you wish to travel by public transport, we can arrange for a guide to accompany you on these as well.

Contact us if you are interested or need more information about travelling in Mauritania.

Mauritania is one of the largest countries in Africa (1 030 700 km²) and would swallow up not only Finland but also Sweden and Norway. But with a population of only 4.4 million, the country is very sparsely populated. The country gained independence from French rule in 1960 and, as a colonial legacy, French is widely spoken, although the official language is Hassaniya, a dialect of Arabic. English is poorly spoken. People make their living from agriculture, including farming and livestock rearing. Fishing also provides employment, as do the large iron and copper reserves. Tourism is fairly limited.

Climate: Mauritania has a hot and dry desert climate. The summer months are the rainy season, with the south receiving the most rain, the northwards the rainfall decreases and the northernmost part of Mauritania hardly receives any rain during the rainy season. During the summer months, temperatures regularly spike above 30 degrees Celsius, and temperatures above 40 degrees are not uncommon. Winter is the best time to visit Mauritania in terms of weather, with temperatures staying in the high 20s every day.

Security: Mauritania is a safe country to visit, but in large crowds it's a good idea to beware of pickpockets. The border area with Mali should be avoided.

Visa: With the exception of some African nationalities, visas are required for everyone. Mauritanian visas are issued at the airport or land border on arrival. The cost is 55€, payable in cash. Please note that visa policies and prices are subject to change without notice. The passport must be valid for six months from the date of arrival.

Currency: Mauritania uses the ouguiya (MRU) as its currency. It is not possible to change currency in Finland, so you should take euro banknotes with you and change them at your destination or withdraw cash from an ATM.

Vaccinations and malaria: Mauritania requires a certificate of yellow fever vaccination if you arrive from a country with yellow fever risk. In addition, hepatitis a and b vaccinations are recommended. Please ensure that your basic vaccinations are up to date. Parts of Mauritania are affected by malaria throughout the year, so anti-malaria medication is recommended.

Travel insurance: Comprehensive travel insurance is strongly recommended.

 

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