random info on summer 2012 Mauritania trip
Replies: 21 - Last Post: Feb 16, 2013 6:34 PM Last Post By: redsalmon
Nov 12, 2012 4:08 AM
while I was going south to north in August 2012 (see original post), I met at least two jeeps coming from Europe, and they both reported having no trouble zipping down the coastal road in Mauritania. This is the safest and quickest, with your own vehicle. And sort of the only paved route, I think (although I could be wrong), unless you want to go offroad a bit, and go east into the dunes, towards Atar and Chinguetti.
of course the situation changes. I found this blog to be really good for getting relevant news updates:
If the security situation were to deterioriate, you would hear about it quickly via that blog.
Nov 15, 2012 7:06 AM
16Hi, I'm going to travel to Mauritania this December. I want to go to Nouadibouh via West Sahara, then take a train to Choum and get Atar, Chinguetti etc. Problem is how to come back to Nouadibouh. (opposite way form Choum to Nouadibouh).
1. Must I take a car/bus to Nouakchott and then to Nouadibouh, is it the only way?
2. Is there a possibility to take a back ride on the train? If I can take a train, are there empty wagons or all filled with iron ore?
3. How much does the so called 1st class cost?
4. How often does go this train( I heart about 3 times in a day)?
thanks for replay
Nov 15, 2012 7:20 AM
2) Yes, when I took trhe ride 2 years ago I met a lot of people on the trains going back that was packed with people and yes the wagons are filled with iron ore or other items.
3) 2 years ago it was some 5USD
4) As far as i remember they leave twice a day.
Just remember that Choum is in the middle of nowhere and it takes about 4-5hrs 4x4 ride to Atar.
Nov 20, 2012 9:06 AM
18After touring around Morocco with a car, I am looking at going into Mauritania but after reading many forums I think that I would prefer to bus/ride/hitchhike from that point on (like terekitadha) and return back to the border a few days later. This is a very dumb question but how safe would my rental car be at the Moroccan side of the border if I were to leave it there for a week or a week and a half? In Canada you can do that with absolutely no worries that it will be broken into/vandalized but I have my doubts about that happening there lol. What would your opinion be on this? I would love to take the railway to Choum, Atar and back, but need to ditch the car.
Nov 20, 2012 9:08 AM
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