||ARRIVAL AT NOUAKCHOTT
Airport pickup and transfer to hotel.
||NOUAKCHOTT - BOUTILIMIT - GEROU
The desert begins immediately outside Nouakchott. With its
multi-coloured dunes, this soothing landscape accompanies us until
after Boutilimit on “Route d’Espoir”, the road of
hope. Passing through Aleg and Çangrafa, in the afternoon we
arrive at the lovely oasis of Gerou. Camping.
||GEROU - AYOUN EL ATROUS - TIMBEDRA
Shortly before reaching Ayoun el Atrous, there is an amazing rocky
area, home of one of the most beautiful towns on the “Route
d’Espoir”. In the afternoon we arrive in Timbedra where we
set up our tents alongside the nomads. Camping.
Day spent with the nomads, enjoying their enormous sense of hospitality
and their fascinating simple way of life. Together with the nomads we
will learn to ride camels, milk camels and goats and partake in the
Mauritanian tea. Camping.
||TIMBEDRA - NEMA - OUALATA
After this unique experience we will drive to Nema on the last stretch
of tar road. From there on there will be only tracks. Oualata, although
only 80 kms. away, requires 3-4 hours of travel. Lodging in a
Oualata is the most beautiful town in Mauritania. We will spend the day
discovering its charm. In former times the city was an important centre
for caravans. Today it is famous for its house paintings. It is also
the home of one of the most important Koranic schools in the Islamic
world in which only 20 students may study at a time. Lodging in a
||OUALATA - TAGOURARET - OUJAF
Leaving the area of Sahel, we will drive along the Dhar Oualata to
reach Tagouraret, where salt is still mined today. With a bit of luck
we will coincide with nomads at the wells of Zgue and Oujaf as they
bring their animals to water. Camping.
||OUJAF - ENJI - ES SBA - MAKHROUGA
We will climb the mountains of Enji and enjoy the beautiful views.
Later on, we will arrive to the unique landscape of Es Sba, with rock
formations of up to 5 meters high. Continuing on, the most fascinating
site of the day will be the Mount Makhrouga. Camping.
||MAKHROUGA - TOUIJINET - AKREJIT -
The well of Touijinet is surrounded with white slabs, called diatomees:
fossil alga, which confirm the former presence of a lake. We will visit
the town of Akreijit, probably the oldest town of Neolithic times. In
the afternoon we will arrive at the caravan town Tichit. Camping.
||TICHIT - CANYON OF BUDREISS - LEKHCHEB
We will drive through a marvellous landscape with spectacular views of
the seemingly never-ending dunes of the Aouker region. We will pass the
well and the rock of Zig followed by the fascinating canyon of
Boudreiss. As out of nowhere, suddenly a green area appears - the
fields of Lekcheb. Camping.
||LEKHCHEB - TIDJIKJA
A short distance from Lekhcheb, strange rock formations can be
observed. Passing through some small villages, we will arrive in the
caravan town of Tidjikja. Lodging in a guesthouse.
||TIDJIKJA - N'BEIKA - GUELTA DE MATMATA
After a visit of the town, we will drive along the new tar road to
N’Beika. There we will get on the track to the extraordinary
Guelta de Matmata. Camping.
||GUELTA DE MATMATA
The Guelta de Matmata is a river valley like a canyon, where there are
enough water pools throughout the year to allow the last of the Sahara
crocodiles to survive. We will take a walking excursion to try and spot
||MATMATA - MOUDJERÍA - BOUTILIMIT
We descend the pass of Achetf with its amazing views over an enormous
dune field and arrive in Moudjería, a small town with some
colonial buildings. From there we will drive back to the “Route
d’Espoir”, where we will enjoy the hospitality of the
nomads in the dunes one last time. Camping.
||BOUTILIMIT - NOUAKCHOTT
We arrive in Nouakchott in the morning and we will visit the colourful
markets and the museum. In the afternoon there will be enough time to
have a swim in the Atlantic and visit the bustling fishing port.
Departure in the evening.