Is 9 days enough to do Mauritania, starting in Marrakech?
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Dec 10, 2012 10:45 AM Last Post By: copernicious
Dec 3, 2012 6:17 AM
That leaves exactly 7 days to hitch a ride to Nouadhibou, get the train east, get a taxi to Atar/Chinguetti, etc, and then make my way back to Marrakech again.
Does it sound like I'll be running too much of a risk of missing my flight home? Or will I be so rushed that I won't enjoy the trip, and would be better off relaxing and kicking around the Anti-Atlas for 9 days?
Dec 3, 2012 10:11 AM
1You will certainly be rushing and in my opinion, too rushed.
Rabat to Dakhla takes two full days travelling by bus, then another day to Noudhibou, You could get the train to Choum and then onto Atar but really you will have a day in N and then a day to Atar if all goes well. Chingetti is another day and then you,need a day there and then all that backtracking.
Save it for another day when you have more time.
Africa also does not run on time schedules and it's not unreasonable to expect a breakdown or some hold up.
have a look around Morocco instead.
Dec 3, 2012 3:26 PM
2.... an example of how long one bit of your journey will take..... after you get your visa, however long that may take, from Rabat by bus and/or train it takes 25 hours to get to Boujdour with a few short stops for food and toilet etc. Then travel on to Dakhla where you have to find a lift or a seat in a bush taxi or similar to cross the Border, I've heard of guys delayed for days here.
Go to Taroudannt, Tafraoute and Tata, slowly explore the Sous and Anti-Atlas down to the deserts edge or Tifnit a troglodyte like seaside village on the Atlantic coast. Enjoy your trip to Morocco, don't suffer.
Dec 3, 2012 8:14 PM
3As the others have said, Africa doesn't work so well on a tight schedule. This is particularly true of the Sahara. Not only would you feel rushed, you could potentially have a very negative experience in a part of the world that should be a source of inspiration and discovery. Stick to the Anti-Atlas.
Dec 4, 2012 5:28 AM
4I had so many outlined plans to do other things when I arrived in Marrakech. The place just became a vacuum and I stayed for a lot longer than planned. I did a few day excursions, but that was all. There is so much to see very local to Marrakech that it kept me very happy just to stay close by.
Dec 5, 2012 2:54 AM
Dec 5, 2012 4:22 AM
6..... have you spotted this goran71 posts..... very good and informative.
Dec 9, 2012 11:56 AM
7Thanks everyone for your expertise; I think I probably will end up trekking in the Anti-Atlas, since that's the only range of Moroccan mountains I haven't visited yet.
But I'll ask for some final opinions: it seems like if I were to go to Mauritania, 9 days is enough to get as far as Choum and then turn back. Would driving down the Moroccan coast, passing through W. Sahara, and taking the train, be as good an experience as a week in the Anti-Atlas?
Dec 9, 2012 12:16 PM
8.... the Anti-Atlas is by far the more interesting, easier to do and affords you time to enjoy the experience rather than a rushing and missing it. A simple map for the area... http://looklex.com/morocco/map02.htm .
Dec 10, 2012 2:01 AM
9It depend, if you are desert lover :) as me, so explore Mauritania. But Anti Atlas is worth to explore too, it is nice and much to see. Very nice nature for example in area around Amtoudi and the whole way there via Akka etc. Nice even to go against Assa and Zag. So, you can maybe do this part anyway and next time make only West Sahara and Mauritania?
Dec 10, 2012 10:45 AM
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