Mauritania is known for
Terjit A dip into the natural swimming pool amidst palm groves is simply bliss.
Le Ksar Chinguetti's unoccupied ruins and libraries hold fragile ancient manuscripts.
Tanouchert Remote and surrounded by dune fields, perfect for camel safaris.
Ksar al Kiali Ouadâne's stone houses tumble down the cliffs like an apparition.
Iron-ore train Sitting on top of a pile of ore (uncomfortably) watching the desolate desert landscape pass by.
Port de Pêche Hundreds of teams of men drag in heavy, hand-knotted fishing nets.
Cape Tagarit The panoramas from the cape 40km north of Tidra in the Parc National du Banc d'Arguin are magnificent.
Baie de Cansado Rusting hulks of ships beached along the coast near Noâudhibou.
Réserve Satellite du Cap Blanc One of the last populations of monk seals at peninsula's southern tip.
Parc National du Banc d'Arguin Major breeding ground for birds avoiding the European wintry chill.
Matmata Rare crocodile viewing in this oasis town.
Parc National Diawling Monkeys, warthogs and lizards, some seen on a drive-by, plus birds galore.