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Memorable Mauritania Tour – 06 Days

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  • 06 Days
  • Max Guests : 20
  • Wifi Available
  • 25 Apr - 01 May 2024

Tour Details

Driving through the vast, sun-bleached landscape of Mauritania, a solitary,
turbaned figure tending a herd of goats tells the story of survival amid
millennial-old geological forces. Mauritania, with one of the world's lowest
population densities, is almost equally divided between Moors of Arab-Berber
descent and Black Africans, a striking cultural combination that is part of its
appeal.

Mauritania is a lonely beauty. A land of endless deserts, empty coastlines and
spectacular birdlife, it is lays claim to some of the most spectacular scenery in
Africa.

This tour is unique for its combination of outdoor adventure, cultural immersion and
historical exploration in Mauritania. It offers a chance to camp under the stars, visit
historic landmarks, and experience local culture at the camel market and port de
peche, for adventure tourists, and those seeking unique experiences.

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Price Includes:

  • Transportation by private 4 x 4 (By number of guests).
  • AccommodationHotel in Nouakchott, Chinguetti and Oudane. Camping in traditional tents remaining nights
  • English or French Speaking licensed Guide.
  • All meals included except at the airport.

Price Excludes:

  • Airline tickets to Nouakchott – approximate fares to be expectedo LIS-CMN-NKC – 24/25Apr24 o NKC-CMN-LIS – 01May24 €800 per person **
  • Visa on arrival – EUR55 per person
  • Personal expenses.
  • Tips or gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips and any items of personal nature
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Hodophile Experience cannot be held responsible for any travel disturbances, occurred due to very rare but
possible flights delays. All participants need to carry travel and medical insurance on all our trips to protect themselves against any extra costs.

Itinerary

Day 1 – 25Apr - Arrival in Mauritania - Nouakchott – Akjoujt Amatlich, Azoiga Oasis

​Arrival in Nouakchott.
Airport reception and transfer to hotel for overnight stay. Tour leader will be at the
airport, along with the local guide who will accompany us during this adventure, to
welcome all participants on this trip.

If you arrive on Royal Air Maroc, you will arrive at 0140LT.
So, if you plan to arrive in Mauritania on the 25 th of April, you should depart on the 24 th
of April.

After breakfast, pick up at the agreed time for an exciting, full day!

We will start with a visit to the National Museum, followed by a visit to the camel
market.

Then, we will depart in direction of Akjoujt and continuation by the track to the massif
of high dunes of Erg Amatlich.
Located south-west of the city of Atar in Mauritania, erg Amatlich is a vast dune
barrier of small dimensions (130 km x 5 km to 8 km) trapped between the mountains
of the Adrar plateau. The erg,originates at the cliffs of the Tifoujar Pass and extends
to the Akjoujt area where it takes the name of Dkhaïna extending to the Atlantic
Ocean.

In addition to endless dunes, Erg Amatlich gathers a great variety of Saharan
landscapes such as canyons, cliffs, cultivable basins and palm groves like Azoueïga,
located on the west side of the erg

We will go to the Oasis of Graritte Livrasse, Azoiga.

Campfire dinner.
Bivouac under the stars or in a nomadic tent.

Day 2 – 26Apr - Tifoujar -Terjit- the N'Tourvine pass – Mhaireth

A breakfast on site before departure.

At the top of the Tifoujar pass, the view is impressive. A cut of 200 meters in height
literally throws itself into the EI-Abiad wadi at the bottom of the valley, from this
completely silted pass.

We go to Terjit where an oasis of thermal waters with wonderful basins awaits us.
Terjit is an oasis which nestles in a gorge on the western edge of the Adrar plateau
with the palm grove stretching a few hundred metres alongside a stream which
emerges from a spring.
Lunch and some swimming.

Afterwards, off to the the N’Tourvine’s pass. Magnificant decors.
Following the pass, the track continues on the plateau towards the Mhaireth oasis.

Night at the Chenguitty inn.

Day 3 – 27Apr – Chinguitty and Oasis of Tanawchert

A breakfast at the Chinguetti inn .
The first visit is Chinguetti, the 7th holiest city of Islam, dating from the 11th century,
with its dry-stone houses and its famous mosque was declared a world heritage site
by UNESCO.

Founded in the 11th and 12th centuries to serve the caravans crossing the Sahara,
these trading and religious centres became focal points of Islamic culture, an
obligatory stopping point for pilgrims heading towards Mecca, Saudi Arabia. They
have managed to preserve an urban fabric that evolved between the 12th and 16th
centuries.
Typically, houses with patios crowd along narrow streets around a mosque with a
square minaret. They illustrate a traditional way of life centred on the nomadic culture
of the people of the western Sahara.

We will continue to visit Guelb er Richât and spend mid-day and have lunch under the
shade of the trees.
The Blue Eye of the Sahara, also known as the Richat Structure or the Guelb er
Richat, is a geological formation in the Sahara Desert that resembles an enormous
bullseye. The formation stretches across a 40 kilometer-wide region of the desert in
the nation of Mauritania. A massive circular landmark visible from space.

The Eye of the Desert cannot be seen as in the pictures, satellite images on the internet.
It is a rare geological landmark and one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

We leave its different circles towards the south, Hassi Thiba and the traces of the old
Portuguese fort of Aguadir. Situated on the Arguin island (today Mauritania), this was
the first fort the Portuguese built in Africa. The fort remained under Portuguese
control between 1445 and 1633.

The Saharan forests are relatively developed in this location.
Diving towards the sands, the palm groves of Meyateg survive with difficulty.

We head towards Ouadane, the final destination of the day. Like Chinguetti, Ouadane
is an ancient city in the desert, with several historical monuments

Overnight at the Ouadane Inn
Dinner included

Day 4 – 28Apr – Ouadane - Amagjar Canyon in Atar - Zarga

A breakfast at the Ouadane inn.
We reach Wadane. The ksar of Wadane, takes its name from the Arabic word
meaning “two riverbeds” (wadan).
The details according to which these two wadis are the wadi of dates and the wadi of
sciences are to the credit of the city.

The ancient city is mentioned in writing in the middle of the 15th century in a
Portuguese travel report but it remains difficult to get a precise idea of the beginnings
of the city despite its position on the western axis of traffic.

We will visit the ancient city, the museum and the library. The Ouadane Mosque, a
remarkably well-preserved mosque stands amid an 11th-century caravansary.

Afterwards we continue towards the Amogjar canyon to admire the cave paintings
and visit one of the remains of the film “fort saganne” etc.

Onwards to Atar, the current capital of the Adrar region, which hosts the largest and
most colorful market in the entire region with its exotic products, typical of Saharan
trade.

A midday break in Akjoujt, with lunch in Amgar.
In the afternoon, we continue towards Zarga and the third summit of the Adrar

Campfire dinner.
Night in bivouac under the Mauritanian tents.

Day 5 -29Apr – Atar - Azouguie

Breakfast on site in Zarga,

We continue our way to Atar, the current capital of the Adrar region, which hosts the
largest and most colourful market in the entire region with its exotic products, typical
of Saharan trade.
After this visit to the Atar market, we will lunch in a restaurant in Atar.

Following lunch, we continue towards Azouguie, the ancient town of the
Mourabitoune and visit the historic site of Azouguie,

Azouguie was a town in north western Mauritania, lying on the Adrar Plateau, north
west of Atar. In the eleventh century it was the first capital of the Almoravid dynasty,
who conquered a territory stretching from the Ghana Empire to Morocco and the Iberian Peninsula. This site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List
on June 14, 2001 in the Cultural category.

We return to our bivouac for an evening of traditional music, and to which the local
population is invited.

Day 6 – 30Apr – Nouakchott - Port de Pêche

Breakfast on site in Azouguie
After that, we will continue to Nouakchott and the beach for lunch and rest.

Following lunch, we visit the fabric market and the fishermen’s beach.
The Port de Pêche is Nouakchott’s star attraction. Lively and colourful, you’ll see
hundreds of teams of mostly Wolof and Fula men dragging in heavy fishing nets.
Small boys hurry back and forth with trays of fish, which they sort, gut, fillet and lay
out on large trestles to dry. The best time to visit is late afternoon, when the fishing
boats return.
Before or after, it’s no less an impressive sight with the pirogues crammed like
sardines on the beach

End of the day, late evening, you will be taken to the airport for your return flight.

Royal Air Maroc flight departure is at 02:40LT, 01May24.

Rates:
Solo Traveller – EUR1850
02 pax EUR1650 Per person
03-04 pax EUR1350 Per person
05-06 pax EUR1150 Per person
07-08pax EUR1100 Per person.
​30% payment required on booking
Remaining payments can be done in 2 instalments with the final payment, 2 weeks before
departure.

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Weather:

Extremes in temperature, as well as sparse and unpredictable rainfall, define the
climate. Although annual temperature changes are minor, diurnal variations may be
dramatic. During the lengthy dry season, the harmattan, a hot, dry, and sometimes
dusty wind, comes from the Sahara and is the predominant wind, except near the
short coastal strip, which is affected by oceanic trade winds.

The majority of rain occurs during the brief rainy season (hivernage), which runs from
July to September, and average annual precipitation ranges from 500 to 600
millimetres in the extreme south to less than 100 millimetres in the northern two-
thirds.

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Currency:

Ouguiya (UM). There are no ATMs in Mauritania.

Neither traveller cheques or credit cards can be used.

Souvenirs may be purchased at Nouakchott’s Marche Capital and Marche Sixieme,
as well as tourist stores in the Adrar. Although the fabric will be sold in shops
throughout the nation, Kaedi is known for its tie-dying.

In general, the quality of most Mauritanian souvenirs falls short of expectations.
Leather goods, pipes, hardwood bowls, tea pots, and silver jewellery are among the
items available (be careful with the quality of jewellery). Fabric, on the other hand, is
hand-dyed and may be very lovely. Fabric will be offered as a mulafa (veil), which is
typically gauzy and comes in one piece, or as boubou fabric, which comes in two
parts for a skirt and top. Cloth may be purchased for anywhere from MRO1,500 and
MRO8,000, depending on the quality of the fabric and the amount of labour required.

Always negotiate when purchasing anything in Mauritania. The beginning price is
sometimes three times the final amount. Maintain a pleasant demeanour, but don’t be
concerned about offending anybody by requesting a lesser price.

 

 

Health/Vaccination:

​In Mauritania, immunizations are not needed for the majority of the population. Only
those traveling from areas where yellow fever is prevalent are needed to provide
proof of immunization.

The native water in any region of the nation (including Nouakchott) is unsafe to drink
for the majority of Westerners. If they don’t have access to a water purification or
filtration system, visitors should only consume bottled water. The climate in the
Sahara is very arid. You may quickly get dehydrated without realizing it. The best rule
of thumb is to make sure you’ve urinated three times each day, at regular intervals.
This may involve drinking several litres of water each day during the warmest months
of the year.

Malaria is prevalent in the country’s south; therefore, tourists should always wear a
mosquito net while visiting. Mosquitoes are less frequent in the arid deserts in the
north of the nation, but they are present all year in the south, although in lower
numbers during the dry season (December-May).

 

Trip Highlights

Oasis Mheirith, Terjit

Grand Mosque, Chinguetti

Libraries Manuscripts, Chinguetti

Eye of the Sahara, The Richat Structure, Ouadane

Rock Paintings, Agrour

Tents, Ben Amera

Grand Mosque, Nouakchott

 

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