Hi guys, im Felipe from Colombia (Latin America) traveling around the world.
This time i want to visit Mauritania in july 2016, i would love if anyone who had visited Mauritania before can give me pice of advice about where to stay, what to visit, what to eat etc. I wanna spend there 1 or 2 weeks.
I want to Cross the Oberland border with my bycicle to Mauritania soon. (From Senegal, Rosso).
Can I get the visa at the border easily? If yes how much does it cost, I just want transit actually?
Any further good advice?
Or is it better to take the visa at the Mauritania embassy in Banjul, gambia. Because I am there right now.
PS: I am german
I travelled through Mauritania for roughly 2 weeks in Jan 2016 entering from Senegal and heading north into the Western Sahara/Morocco, with a side trip to the desert town of Ouadane & Chinguetti among others.
Many countries travel advisory end up in telling you it’s best not to go at all. However even if you don’t speak French which makes life much easier for you as an intrepid traveller; check out the French webpage, if only for its coloured map regarding safety.
Public Transport: Atar – Chinguetti & Atar – Ouadane are easy by public transport (mini-vans or pick-ups) but it’s not easy to travel between Chinguetti and Ouadane. Further if you travel by public transport you miss most of the desert scenery as the gravel roads don’t pass via the dunes.
Atar – Choum has shared Pick-Ups. OUG: 3’000, 120km, 2.5h. Make sure you get a space inside the car. They leave in late afternoon to catch the night train to Nouadhibou. One company’s cell phone is: 48 42 98…
Things change, and Mauritania pretty notoriously known for changing their visa procedures often.
I just got my visa in Rabat, after reports that said it was now possible to get them with your actual entry date as the valid starting date. Maybe I was unlucky, but when I applied for my visa yesterday (hours: apply between 09:00-11:00, pick-up the next day at 01:00 pm), they asked me about my date of entry, which was also written on the application. Regardless, the one month visa I received today…
as Mauritania is unknown destination to many, so I'd like to share my short experience from the trip with my girlfriend:
visa (120 €), obtained (after waiting 5 hrs)on arrival at Rosso border, the price is for all nationalities except African and Arabic countries, the price was 50€ just few months ago,
19/02 I arrived at Rosso (the ferry is for free), changed some money at the border, not good rate, arrived 12:30 and waited till 17:30 waiting the only officer who issued the visas…
I plan to rent a 4x4 with a driver to visit Chinguetti and the national part Cap d'Arguin. Friends in Nuakschott who work for UN organizations strongly recommended not to take bush taxis as the risks are too high. The costs for car and driver would be 100$/day plus petrol. Anyone in this area who would like to join me for the trip?
After 14 months around the world, im starting some trip reports for backpackers (also for everyone actually), the idea is to cover the less traveled paths with useful info. This is the first one.
- Costs. More Expensive than you think country in general for everything that is not food or accomodation (supermarket or services). Money is the Ouguiya, 1 USD is 340 MRO. Taxis are in general around 100 MRO for shared taxis in the city, but if you want private you will pay some times more. Water…