Mauritania attractions

National Park in Mauritania

Parc National du Banc d'Arguin

This World Heritage–listed park is an important stopover and breeding ground for multitudes of birds migrating between Europe and southern Africa, and as a result is one of the best birdwatching sites on the entire …
Port in Nouakchott

Port de Pêche

The Port de Pêche is Nouakchott's star attraction. Lively and colourful, you'll see hundreds of teams of mostly Wolof and Fula men dragging in heavy fishing nets. Small boys hurry back and forth with trays of fish, …
National Park in Mauritania

Parc National Diawling

This little-known national park is a sister to the adjacent Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary in Senegal. It has important mangroves and acacia forest (any bit of greenery comes as a relief), as well as large coastal d…
Wildlife Reserve in Nouâdhibou

Réserve Satellite du Cap Blanc

A small nature reserve with an excellent information centre, dedicated to the colony of endangered Mediterranean monk seals (phoque moin) that live here. Resembling elephant seals, these grey-skinned animals have be…
Historic Site in Ouadâne

Le Ksar al Kiali

As you arrive across the sands or plateau from Atâr or Chinguetti, the stone houses of Le Ksar al Kiali seem to tumble down the cliff. The top of the hill is dominated by the minaret of the new mosque, which is a me…
Mosque in Nouakchott

Grande Mosquée

Its slender minarets and sandy courtyards, where worshippers perform their ceremonial ablutions, makes the Grande Mosquée a notable landmark in the city centre. While not architecturally significant, at the very lea…
Museum in Nouakchott

Musée National

Moderately worthwhile for anyone with an interest in Moorish culture. On the first level is a prehistoric gallery with archaeological exhibits while the second level is taken up with more recent ethnographic display…
Mosque in Nouakchott

Mosquée Marocaine

The large Mosquée Marocaine is a precious landmark in this bustling area. Located south of Ave Abdel Nasser, towards the Cinquième Quartier.
Mosque in Nouakchott

Friday Mosque

Notable for its blindingly white facade. Visitors aren't permitted inside during prayer times.