Would it be possible to travel from Agadir to Nouadhibou, take the iron train to Zouerat, return by train to Nouadhibou and be back in Agadir within three weeks?
I think it is but would like some reassurance. Will arrive by plane in Agadir January 3rd and depart Agadir January 24th back home.
The iron train of Mauritania has been on my mind for many years and now is the time for me to do it. It is the focal point of this trip and I don`t mind doing it twice (back and forth).
We're about to leave Europe to travel the West-Coast of Africa down to the South with our own vehicle. We know all about Ebola, we think we can manage to avoid that.
BUT, what about any new threats with the unrest coming from the Islamic State? In Mauritania, is there an increasing risk of encountering groups with doubtfull intentions, e.g. AQIM?
Would be great to gain some info, any word on the ground??
At this point, we're not sure wether to procede..
Many thanks, safe travels!
Have any Americans out there (or people that have US-specific info) received a tourist (or transit) visa to Mauritania recently? I'm looking to cross over from WS in early 2015, although it doesn't seem like it is possible to get a visa at the border. Anyone applied for one in NYC or DC? Morocco?
Just returned from a 10 month trip through some of North and West Africa. I'm working on updating my blog, which gives accommodation and transport info for the trip. See here for info on Mauritania, which includes Nouadhibou, Nouakchott, Atar, Tirjit, Choum, Zouerat, and border crossings from Dakhla and into Rosso. Visa and SIM card info also on the blog!
Hi, I will travel from Europe to Burkina Faso and since I will have a lot of time (months...) I´m thinking how to get the most out of each country. Mauritania.
1- From Nouadhibu to Nouakchott, then to Atar. Visit Chinguetti. Is it worth to see also Ouadane? I was thinking to skip it.
2- Any chance to find a car (that doesn´t cost a million dollars) to the remote but much acclaimed piste between Chinguetti and Tidjikja? I heard that the route itself, regariding jihadists and such troubles, is…
In march 2014 I was traveling from Poladn to Gambia in a small car (skoda fabia). There were two of us aboard. Generally the trip was great and without major problems. Between Mauritania and Senegal we chose the smaller border crossing in Diama (not the major one in Rosso). It was supposed to be less hustle. And indeed it was. Apart from official payments we had to give about 10 or 20 eur. And the last gandarmerie post - the guys took 2 old mobile phones from us (we had plenty of them…
I recently met a man who told me about his experience buying a boat and rowing down the Niger river in the '90s. It seems a little whimsical, but I was wondering if this kind of thing would be possible on the Senegal river. Since it's the border between two countries, would the authorities prevent me from going on the river? I don't plan on going into Senegal so I won't have a visa.
I am aware of the horrible diseases and parasites present in west African rivers. But I can't find much specific…
I am longtime dreaming to travel in Mauritania but situation is never easy or stable there.
My next opportunity is for november 2014.
My plan is to land at the nouakchott airport and go all the way north to casablanca in 8 or 9 days.
I am not much interested for Morroco, I had been already there three times.
What do you think?
Any places to recommend? (in Mauritania).
Any safety advices?? Several government websites are negative about Mauritania travels.
Thanks in advance,
We are planning a trip through Western Sahara into Mauritania and then into Mali. The government advise is NO travel into these countries but has anyone been there recently? Is it safe to travel through and does anyone have any advise?
I'd like to share my experience riding on the so called "epic" iron ore train of mauritania as a heads up for anyone crazy enough to ride in the actual ore car vs the passenger car.
The two of us would like to think we were prepared. We had headscarves, extra clothes, blankets , 3L of water each, plenty of food, and plastic bags for pack covers.
Train left nouadibou (late) at ~6pm. First couple of hours were pleasant, Minimal car movement and a breathtaking setting. LOTS of iron dust and sand…