Mauritania Travel Guides

If anywhere in Africa really “surprised” me so far it has been Mauritania. After reading countless safety warnings and government reports I would be lying if I said I didn’t enter the country with some apprehensions. However, after spending 3 weeks in the country, I can honestly say Mauritania was life changing for me. The safety warnings are well over-blown, and I have never felt more welcomed into a place in my life. The coast, although a little bit rougher, is an interesting look into this country, but if you really want a glance into its soul you have to venture into the interior. You’ll be greatly rewarded if you make the effort to dive into this dusty Saharan country; I assure you.

Mosque in the desert near Chinguetti

Backpacker’s Budget: $25-35USD
Highlights: Chinguetti, Nouakchott Fish Market, The Iron Ore Train


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  1. This travel guide to Mauritania is really helpful….

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  2. Hi Mr Brendan

    Love the wedsite…just needsome advice. Im planning a camping trip to Mauritania with 2 boys. I hope to stay for about 5 months.What advise do you have for me?

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  3. Mauritania surprised me too – although working there I enjoyed such hospitality and a couple of great days out.

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  4. Hi Brendan,

    I’d like to say your page has been very helpful and informative. I just have one question about getting to Nouakchott from Rabat. What is the cheapest method of transport to Nouakchott? I may end up going for the flights as it’s easier but it depends on how much a flight costs as I’m on low budget!


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    • Definitely cheapest by bus. You catch the bus from Rabat to Dakhla, and then from there you take a shared taxi to Nouakchott. It’s a a slog for time, but really easy to organize and do. It’ll likely take you 2 full days and 2 nights.

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  5. Hi there, just wondering if you’d consider it safe for a solo female traveler in 2018?

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    • I imagine so. I met some solo female travellers when I was there and they were fine. Just remember that to be extremely cautious to be respectful to the culture and you’ll be fine.

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