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Getting around

Car & motorcycle

Consider renting a 4WD and driver if you want to reach more remote parts of the country. The standard Toyota Hilux usually costs around UM21, 000 per day for the vehicle, plus petrol.

Expect police checkpoints at the entrance and exit of each town.

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The Nouâdhibou to Zouérat train is an iron-ore train with no passenger terminals, however it has become a passenger train for lack of better alternatives. The entire trip takes 16 to 18 hours, but most travellers choose to get off at Choûm, 12 hours from Nouâdhibou, and continue on by bush taxi to Atâr.

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There are travel agencies in Nouakchott that offer tours around the country but it’s not a bad idea to arrange a tour with a more regionally focused company, eg in Atâr for the Adrar. Travel is usually by 4WD but you can opt for trekking tours or camel rides. If there are at least four travellers, prices should average around UM20, 000 per person per day.

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Air Mauritanie flies from Nouakchott to Nouâdhibou, Kiffa, Ayoûn el Atroûs, Selibaby and Zouérat.

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