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Due to the special nature of the trip, the itinerary may be changed at the discretion of the guide if there are justified grounds to do so. Travelers must be aware that conditions during the itinerary are not always predictable. Potential delays at border, mechanical problems and the poor state of the highways can give rise to undesirable adventures. We will, of course, do everything within our power to minimize any possible inconveniences.


Everyone must bring a basic first aid kit with aspirin, band-aids, bandages, antiseptic, antibiotics, diarrhea medicine, a laxative, serum, mosquito repellent, sun cream, etc., as well as any specific medicines for individual specific treatments.


The currency of Mauritania is the Ouguiya. The Euro is more easily accepted for changing. It is very difficult to obtain cash advances through credit cards or exchange travelers’ checks, so we advise that you take your money in cash.


The itineraries include descriptions of three types of accommodations: hotels or guest houses, in which you will always be in double occupancy tourist class rooms, guest houses with haimas (the typical tents of the Tuaregs) which are the typical guest houses found in small cities with collective haimas where people sleep in sleeping bags, or finally in the haimas we take along as part of our equipment for camping trips in addition to igloo tents.

The hotels and guesthouses generally have common bathrooms and the provision usually includes enough water for a daily “shower” except on long trips where the guide will indicate the scarce water days.


Breakfast consists of coffee or tea and bread with jam or cookies. Lunch is picnic style with sandwiches, salads and fruit. In the cities, dinners will be at restaurants where we sample typical dishes such as couscous and rice with fish. On the camping trips, there will be rice, pasta, etc. with vegetables, fresh fruit and preserves.


The best time of year to travel is from September to April. In the summer months, the coastal climate is cool with an Atlantic breeze, but in the interior, a typical, hot, dry Saharan climate is the norm. The rainy season lasts from August to October. From November to February, you should take winter clothes and a warm sleeping bag, because the nights can get very cold, although the daytime temperatures are quite pleasant.


The guide will provide orientation and information throughout the trip as to what is most interesting to see and visit. He will organize the trip and resolve any unexpected events related to the route that may occur.


The make-up of the group can be quite varied. There may be people of very different ages, experienced and inexperienced travelers, people traveling alone, couples or groups of friends.

Due to the nature of the trip, we suggest having a certain spirit of camaraderie and cooperation in specific tasks such as setting up and taking down tents, clearing up camping equipment, etc.


Only Air France, Royal Air Maroc and Air Tunis offer flights to Nouakchott. Should you choose to fly to Nouakchott, we will be happy to receive you there and alter the trip route.


The handicrafts of Mauritania mainly include a wide variety of very special costume jewelry and leather products such as the “surmi,” a leather cushion decorated with drawings and fringes, as well as various types of incense burners.


8 days intinerary

The Lost Cities

16 days with TREKKING

From Desert to Ocean

The Route of the Tagant

16  days intinerary

The Caravan Route

30  days intinerary

All of Mauritania

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