Day 1 – Noaukchott
Arrive in Noaukchott and transfer to your hotel. Depending on when you arrive there may be time to explore the city. Overnight Auberge Diaguili or similar.
Day 2 – Nouamghar –Banc d’Arguin National Park
Our adventure starts as we leave the city behind and head to the world renowned Banc d’Arguin National Park. On the way we stop at the fishing village of Nouamghar, inhabited by the Imragen people. Banc d’Arguin is home to a huge variety of birdlife and we spend time exploring before heading to Iwik for the night. Overnight in haima (Moorish tents). (BLD)
Day 3 – Tidra Island
Travel by boat to Tidra Island to meet the local Imragen fishermen, learning about their lifestyle and how they make a living in this seemingly barren land. In the afternoon we return to Iwik for the night. Overnight in haima (Moorish tents). (BLD)
Day 4 – Nouadhibou – Cap Blanc
Drive to Nouadhibou, Mauritania’s second city and an important fishing port. We visit the bay with its numerous abandoned ships – a unique and rather photogenic sight. We also head to Cap Blanc which is home to a community of rare Mediterranean monk seals. Overnight Hotel Sahel or similar. (BLD)
Day 5 – Ben Amera
Drive through the desert to the huge monolith of Ben Amera, the second largest in the world after Australia’s Ayer’s Rock and a rather spectacular site. This region is also crossed by the ‘train of the desert’, the longest train in the world and up to 3km in length, transporting iron ore from Zouerat to Nouadhibou – we hope to see one if we are lucky. Overnight in haima (Moorish tents). (BLD)
Day 6 – Zouerat
Head to the mining town of Zouerat, home to the iron ore train. On the way we stop to visit some of the stunning rock formations that are found in the desert here. At Zouerat we stop to see the enormous open cast mines and visit the small anthropology and geology museum. Overnight Hotel Le Tazadit or similar. (BLD)
Day 7 – Tourine – Maqtair Desert
Head through the desert to the dunes of Tourine, a breathtaking landscape and one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Along the way we may stop in small settlements and hope to meet nomadic groups. Overnight in haima (Moorish tents). (BLD)
Day 8 – Ouadane
Drive to the historic city of Ouadane, an incredibly atmospheric place on the southern edge of the Adrar plateau. Founded in the 12th century the town is a fascinating collection of old houses and mosques and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We have plenty of time to explore the historic quarter. Overnight local guesthouse. (BLD)
Days 9-10 – Chinguetti
Head to Chinguetti, one of Islam’s holiest cities and a real gem of Mauritania. With its collection of historic buildings this is a real contender for the Sahara’s most impressive city, with a sense of history that is almost tangible. We drive through the desert, stopping at the small oasis of Tenouchert, then have the remainder of the time in Chinguetti to savour its very special atmosphere. Overnight local guesthouse. (BLD)
Day 11 – Atar – Desert Camp
Drive to Atar and visit its 17th century mosque, then continue through the desert to a nomad encampment, where we spend our final night sitting around the camp fire and learning about the customs of the people that live here. Overnight tented camp. (BLD)
Day 12 – Nouakchott
After breakfast with our hosts we drive back to the capital. There will be time to explore and visit nearby fishing communities before transferring to the airport for your flight home. (BL)
Airport transfers – We include arrival and departure transfers regardless of whether you book flights yourself, or we book them for you. If you’re booking them yourself, then please let us know the details so that we can arrange the transfers.
Accommodation – Accommodation as listed in the dossier. The nature of the destinations that we operate may sometimes mean that we need to change hotels, but we’ll always endeavour to keep the same standards. Please be aware that as we operate in many countries where tourism is in its infancy, hotel standards may not be the same as you’re used to elsewhere.
Guides – In most cases you will be accompanied by one guide from start to finish. However there may be occasions when this is not practical, for example if your trip covers a number of different countries. In these cases it often makes more sense to include different guides for each place, to take advantage of their specific knowledge of the destination.
Meals – As listed within the itinerary / dossier (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner). These will vary from trip to trip – in some areas it makes sense to include all meals while in others there is a good choice of restaurants and we feel people might like to ‘do their own thing’ now and again.
Entrance fees – Entrance fees are listed for those sites that we mention within the itinerary. If there are any other sites that you’d like to see, these would be at your own expense.
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