"Nouadhibou - Port Etienne" Nouadhibou by Alpha_Ghana

Nouadhibou Travel Guide: 89 reviews and 150 photos

Border with Sahara

Nouadhibou has been isolated from the rest of Mauritania up to Quarter 1 of 2005. Then a road linking it to Nouakchott has been complete. Also, this was the last portion of the coastal road to be completed between Tangiers and Douala. (I never went further by road).
Nouadhibou was created by the French in the early XXst century as an airport for a?ropostale. It was a transit to Dakar. It was also the departure point for Mermoz to cross the South Atlantic.
Today, Nouadhibou is a main harbour and the city of SNIM (Soci?t? Nationale d'Industrie Mini?re), the main Mauritanian company in Zouerate (one of the first exporting company of iron ore).

There is not a lot to see in Nouahdibou, unless you like cemeteries. There are more than 300 wrecks around the harbour.

The railroad for SNIM is marking the border with Western Sahara. Some years ago, Polisario was shooting the town from the other side of the border

This shows a difference between Western Sahara (red sand and cliffs) and Mauritania (white sand and flat beaches). Cap Blanc is just at the border.

  • Last visit to Nouadhibou: Dec 2005
  • Intro Written Jan 31, 2006
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  • maykal's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2009 at 2:58 PM

    Interesting page...just seen the film Heremakono, filmed in Nouadhibou, so I'm intrigued by this part of the world. ;@p

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2006 at 7:21 AM

    Frederic ! Interesting page of Nouadhibou ! In Nouadhibou I saw a lot of garbage indeed, but in the desert I saw hardly any, not like in Yemen where the desert colours pink or blue from all the plastic bags.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2006 at 5:30 AM

    Excellent photos of the beached ships in this isolated little spot!! A great history lesson too!

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