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Wide open spaces..

Mauritania is a country of great contrast, between the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Sahara desert on the other. From the soaring temperatures during the day to the sometimes negative ones in the early morning. The empty roads also in sharp contrast with the sprawls and heavy congestion of Nouadhibou and Nouakchott. Although 100% Muslim the kids of Mauritania are as open and friendly towards the photographer as anywhere that I've been on the continent.


Whether you're in Nouakchott or further up the coast in the Banc d'Arguin national park you can't fail to catch some fabulous sunsets over the Atlantic.


Not a great deal to be seen unless you venture into the Banc d'Arguin apart from the customary dromedaries.

  • Last visit to Mauritania: Jan 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2012 at 5:57 AM

    Enjoyed reading your Mauretania pages, Paul, and what gorgeous photos!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Nice page paul!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Fantastic photos here, Paul! At first it looks monotonous, all sand, but then you’ve got the boat cemetery, the world’s longest train, the pelicans and flamingos in flight and all those people in their colourful clothes. Funny to find a Gare du Nord out there in the desert!

  • BorneoGrrl's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2011 at 6:40 AM

    I had friends working in Mauritania and never knew it was this beautiful till I saw your photos. I never get tired of your tips & pictures. Thanks for sharing. Btw, my friends told me that in Mauritania, the bigger the girls, the more desirable they are. I can fetch a pretty good dowry. haha

  • rachesuiphilippines's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2010 at 7:31 AM

    What a beautiful pelican pic you posted. Love it.

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2009 at 11:12 PM

    Wow.. a less travelled country with incredible desert views. Thanks for sharing. Cheers, SL :)

  • hindu1936's Profile Photo
    Mar 5, 2009 at 8:33 PM

    Always grateful to get good tips on cheap accomodation. Keep up the good writing. Much appreciated, joe

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2009 at 8:19 AM

    Hi our wonderfully adventurous Mauritania expert!great to see more new tips here - and esp Olivia's auberge!even more motivating in wanting to get myself down that way!Glad youve had another safe trip!

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