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Ile d' Arguin Things to Do: 10 reviews and 10 photos
The Banc d'Arguin is a crossroads for aquatic birds migrating between Europe, northern Asia and Africa. Over two million sandpipers have been recorded in the winter, and many species use the national park for breeding also. The sea is crystal clear and shallow (no more than about 3m (10ft) deep 25km (15mi) from shore) and is dotted with sand islands where the birds nest and rest. The only way to see the birds is from small boats, and then only with permission from the national parks service, and a guide. Visitor times are strictly regulated - you are not allowed get close to the birds during the twice-yearly mating season - so plan ahead. A 4WD is required and the trip involves a 155km (96mi) drive along the beach - knowledge of tides is essential - then another 50km (31mi) through desert. Bring your own boat. Arguin Bank is about 250km (155mi) from both Nouakchott and Nouâdhibou, but even more difficult to access from the north.
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